Looking for one of the best places to live in the country? Look no further than your own backyard. Denver and Colorado Springs are at the top of a new survey by U.S. News & World Report.
In the magazine’s 2018 Best Places to Live Study, Colorado Springs ranked No. 2-rising from No. 11 last year; Denver ranked 3-dropping from last year’s no.2 spot.
The study asked thousands of respondents what qualities they consider important in a home town. It also analyzed data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. News’ own rankings of the best high schools and hospitals. “The top-ranked places are areas where citizens can feel the most fulfilled socially, physically and financially,” notes the magazine.
Colorado Springs ranked high, according to U.S News, due it its booming job market and high quality-of-life scores. “Colorado Springs might not jump off the map as an economic or cultural hub the way larger metro areas like Denver do,” notes the magazine. “But in a quieter, gentler way, Colorado Springs has much to offer, including a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate and a variety of recreation and entertainment options.”
As for Denver, its “residents have evolved from gun-slinging gamblers into an easygoing crowd of ambitious, progressive-minded fitness fanatics and nature lovers who are eager to push the envelope on everything from civil rights to drug laws…Denver’s location at the base of the Rocky Mountains provides a gateway to a slew of outdoor pursuits, although it is probably best known for its devout ski and snowboard enthusiasts.”
Here are the top ten cities in order of rank:
1. Austin, TX
2. Colorado Springs, CO
3. Denver, CO
4. Des Moines, IA
5. Fayetteville, AR
6. Portland, OR
7. Huntsville, AL
8. Washington, DC
9. Minneapolis, MN
10. Seattle, WAS
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