Three Colorado cities were ranked in the 50 most livable cities in the United States…and ALL THREE were ranked in the TOP FIVE!
According to 24/7 Wall St, Centennial, Arvada, and Highlands Ranch were all ranked within the top five of the 50 most livable cities in the United States!
Ranked number 2 in America, Centennial was ranked as the most livable city in Colorado. Centennial’s population has grown 7.1% in the last five years, which is nearly double the US population growth in that time. High incomes and a relatively low cost of living contributes to the widespread prosperity in this area. The average household income for the Centennial area is $102,200 a year, and a mere 2.7% of their population lives in poverty. To put that in perspective, the typical United States household only earns $57,617 a year, and close to 14% of Americans live in poverty. As far as Centennials crime rates are concerned, the city is considered one of the safest cities in US since there were only 22 violent crimes for every 100,000 people. In comparison, the US had 386 incidents per 100,000 Americans.
- Population – 109,935
- Median Home Value – $393,200
- Poverty Rate – 2.7%
- Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree – 55.3%
The third most livable city in the US was marked as Arvada, CO. Arvada is considered an extremely safe city, with only 27 violent crimes occurring per 100,000 people. Arvada residents are also considered very well off; only 5.4% of the population lives in poverty. Arvada residents have easy access to the employment and cultural amenities of a major city; Downtown Denver is under a half-hour away from Arvada.
- Population – 117,308
- Median Home Value – $342,700
- Poverty Rate – 5.4%
- Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree – 37.2%
The fifth most livable city in the US came in as Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Located about 40 minutes outside of Downtown Denver, Highlands Ranch only has about half as many preventable hospitalizations per capita as the US as a whole. A small number in this category is a sign of good health habits and an efficient health system. A city’s good health is usually related to it’s affluence, and Highlands Ranch is considered very wealthy. The typical household earns $114,288 a year, which is about double the national median household income.
- Population – 112,436
- Median Home Value – $446,300
- Poverty Rate – 3.1%
- Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree – 65.5%
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