Boulder ranked # 1 place to live in the country

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Colorado Springs, Denver, and Fort Collins all topped the latest list of the 150 Best Places to Live in the United States for 2021-2022 from US News and World Report.

COLORADO, United States – Boulder, Colorado is the best place to live in the country, according to US News and World Report’s annual list, and three other Colorado cities make the top 17.

Colorado Springs ranked sixth, Denver 14th, and Fort Collins 17th in the list of the 150 best places to live in the United States for 2021-2022.

US News and World Report said the listed metropolitan areas are assessed using data from the US Census Bureau, FBI, US Department of Labor, internal resources and more.

The data is then categorized into five indices using “a methodology determined by American preferences” based on a May 2021 survey and weighted by a percentage, according to US News and World Report:

  • Labor market (21.2%)
  • Value (23.7%)
  • Quality of life (26%)
  • Desirability (16.3%)
  • Net migration (12.8%)

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While Boulder lagged behind other cities with a value score of six, its Quality of Life score of 8.2 was just behind Ann Arbor, Michigan. Boulder also performed well in the labor market and opportunity categories, scoring over eight in both categories. The city’s overall score was 7.6.

“This enchanted enclave attracts young professionals, families, academics, scientists, transplant recipients from both coasts, old rangers who insist it was much cooler in the 1970s and, above all, lovers of outdoor recreation “, according to the profile.

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Coming only a few places behind, Colorado Springs scored a perfect 10 in desirability, while also performing well for labor market, quality of life and value. Overall, he scored 7.3.

“Here you’ll find a city that mixes colorful nature with rugged history and metropolitan loot,” the profile says. “Despite the urban sprawl, people regularly stop to greet someone they know at their neighborhood brewery or grocery store. This is the small town scene that the city aims to preserve.”

Meanwhile, Denver’s overall score of 7.1 was boosted by a number of categories, including high scores on desirability, labor market, net migration, and quality of life.

“Denver’s location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains provides a gateway to many outdoor activities, although it is probably best known for its avid ski and snowboard enthusiasts,” the city profile states. .

Fort Collins rounds out the Colorado cities that made the list, scoring an overall 7.1 with high scores for net migration, quality of life, labor market, and desirability.

“Fort Collins is known nationally as the Napa Valley of craft beer, home to big names like New Belgium Brewing Co. as well as newcomers,” according to the profile. “Outdoor recreation is a big driver of the economy and popular in social circles.

> See the full list on the US News and World Report website.

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