The site ranked 74 Colorado communities, and the the ones that ranked among the bottom ten include some great places — including at least one with which we suspect you're intimately familiar.
Check out the photo-illustrated roster of the Colorado municipalities that ranked lowest, featuring Movoto data and a description of its methodolog. To see the original item, click here.
Number 65: Denver
Number 66 (tie): Delta
Number 66 (tie): Brighton
Number 68: Canon City
Number 69: Rifle
Number 70: Colorado Springs
Number 71: Craig
Number 72: Durango
Number 73: Aurora
Number 74: Firestone
Colorado may be one of the most naturally beautiful states in our country, but in order to determine which places were the best to live in, we needed some universally measurable criteria. Ultimately, we decided on the following seven, broken down into a total of 13:
• Quality of life (Cost of living, median home prime, median rent, median household income, student-teacher ratio)
• Total amenities
• Tax rates (Sales tax, income tax)
• Commute Time
• Weather (Temperature, air quality)
Once we settled on these criteria, we took a look at the U.S. Census data for 74 places in the state of Colorado with populations above 5,000. Each place was ranked from one to 74 in the individual criteria, with one being the best possible score. These individual rankings were then averaged into an overall Big Deal Score, with the lowest score being the winner.
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