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Four Colorado cities make the annual list of best places to live in the US.

COLORADO – US News’ annual “Best Places to Live in America” ​​list is now available.

Four Colorado cities made the list: Colorado Springs (3), Boulder (10), Fort Collins (39) and Denver (40).

The list was released Tuesday and marks the fifth time in the last six years that Colorado Springs ranked first as the most desirable place to live. This is the seventh year in a row that Colorado Springs has made the overall list of the 10 best places to live.

Last year, Olympic City USA ranked ninth and was one of two Colorado cities in the top 10.

“Our secret is out: Colorado Springs is hands-down one of the best places to live in our great country, and we’re proud to once again be listed as a top city on this prestigious US News & World Report list,” Mayor Yemi said. Mobolada. “We celebrate this victory and our collective efforts to create a community we can all be proud of. And yet, our work is not done. We embrace the opportunity to continue working together to make Colorado Springs the best city for all residents. “Together we have a mission to build an inclusive, culturally rich, economically prosperous, safe and vibrant world-class American city on a shining hill.”

US News describes Colorado Springs, framed by America’s Pikes Peak, as maintaining its small-town feel despite being Colorado’s second-largest city.

Colorado Springs, according to US News data, offers lower average costs within Colorado for healthcare, utilities and transportation.

The data also points to the city’s Olympic roots, serving as home to Team USA, the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Centers and the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum, which is opened in 2020.

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The post also mentions hiking and mountain biking opportunities in Colorado Springs, including at the following locations:

  • Garden of the Gods Park
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space
  • North Cheyenne Canyon Park
  • Palmero Park

Colorado Springs earned high marks in both the quality of life and value categories.
“I grew up here and have lived in other places since then, but there’s something about the climate of Colorado Springs and the people are so friendly,” said Kate Klauss, Carnelian Coffee Co. “I just love it. I can’t get away from it.” “

Boulder ranked first two years ago before falling, likely because US News placed more importance on affordability.

The city is trying to address this. In August, it launched the Middle Income Down Payment Assistance Program.

The hope, leaders said, is to help qualifying participants with a down payment on a home. In exchange, the home will be “permanently affordable” through a deed restriction, according to the city.

Best Places to Live: Colo Springs No. 3, Boulder No. 10

The city of Boulder would provide a loan of up to $200,000 or 30% of the home’s sales price, whichever is less. The 0% loan must be repaid in 15 years or when the home is refinanced or sold.

Nine months after its launch, no one has signed up, said Lyndsy Morse-Casillas of Boulder Planning and Development Services.

However, the city has not made any communication as to why this is happening, Morse-Casillas said, and he does not want to speculate.

Since the funding source comes from the city’s Homeownership Down Payment Assistance Program, which is existing funding, no money will need to be reallocated, Boulder leaders said.

While the quality of life is better in Boulder, Colorado Springs ranked higher overall when it comes to value. For example, the national average to purchase a home is approximately $282,000. In Boulder, the cost of a home is about three times that amount, but in Spring a home costs an average of $395,000.

For a complete list of rankings, click here.