Colorado shines bright: 2 of the nation’s ‘Top 25 Places to Live’ are here!

By Jim Lawson on March 2, 2024
Colorado shines bright: 2 of the nation's 'Top 25 Places to Live' are here!
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Colorado shines bright: 2 of the nation’s ‘Top 25 Places to Live’ are here!

Boulder has the second highest quality of life in the country according to a new study from U.S. News and World Report.

The ranking considers various factors such as crime rates, education quality, and well-being. Boulder, with a metropolitan population of slightly over 320,000, is renowned for being home to the University of Colorado Boulder, the largest university in the state.

Consequently, it is unsurprising that Boulder holds the distinction of being the most educated metropolitan area in the United States, with 63% of individuals aged 25 and above possessing a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Colorado shines bright: 2 of the nation's 'Top 25 Places to Live' are here!
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U.S. News highlights the abundance of nature in and around Boulder as one of its notable features. Additionally, U.S. News acknowledges the vibrant downtown scene in Boulder, particularly the Boulder County Farmers Market, which operates from April to November.

Colorado shines bright: 2 of the nation's 'Top 25 Places to Live' are here!
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Fort Collins, also made the top 25, coming in at No. 15.

The top 10 places with the highest quality of life:

  1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Boulder
  3. Madison, Wisconsin
  4. San Jose, California
  5. Portland, Maine
  6. Boston
  7. Green Bay, Wisconsin
  8. Hartford, Connecticut
  9. Rochester, New York
  10. Trenton, New Jersey
Colorado shines bright: 2 of the nation's 'Top 25 Places to Live' are here!
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The report describes Boulder:

Snug against the foothills where the Great Plains give rise to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is nothing if not a looker. This city reveals its spectacle at the crest of a hill on U.S. Route 36 from Denver with its iconic sandstone slabs rising from the mountains, prefaced by pine-clad mesas and cradled within the backdrop of the snow-capped Indian Peaks.

See the entire list of cities here

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