Happiest Communities In Colorado

Dated: 09/20/2016

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Care to take a guess at the 7th happiest city in the nation? If you’re thinking Denver or Boulder, you’d be wrong. Located just 12 miles from Denver, the happiest city in the metro area is actually Highlands Ranch!


The ranking comes from Zippia, a San Francisco-based career information website, which compiled a list of the happiest and least happy 300 mid-sized cities (those with populations of between 50,000 to 150,000) in the nation.


The "happiness formula" is based on:

  • Population

  • Unemployment rate

  • Commute times

  • Low cost of living

  • Marriage rates

  • Home ownership

  • Poverty rates


Highlands Ranch had the lowest poverty rate, 2.9 percent, and one of the lowest unemployment rates, at 4.2 percent. Residents also had high marriage rates, at 65 percent, and homeownership rates, at 79 percent. Like many Denver neighborhoods, though, Highlands Ranch ranked lowest for its high cost of living index — 113 (compared to an average of 110).


Based on the criteria above, the following Colorado Cities also rank high on the “happy list”: Centennial, Arvada, Loveland, and Thornton.


Are you interested in checking some of the happiest places in Colorado? Contact Metrowest today – we’d be happy to show you around!

Dave Nelson

DAVE NELSON, 4-time 5280 Magazine 5 Star Real Estate Professional. Dave’s career in real estate has chronicled more than 15 years. Known as a true real estate professional, Dave is experienced i....

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