Ten most exciting Colorado communities according to Movoto

Photos and more below.
Photos and more below.

What are the most exciting communities in Colorado? The folks at Movoto have compiled a list that's sure to invite debate among folks living in our fair state. There's a three-way tie for second, with at least one of the trio something of a surprise, and the choice for number one definitely won't be greeted with universal acceptance even though the data compilers say there was a considerable gap between it and the next highest finishers.

Count down the top ten below, complete with photos and excerpts from Movoto text. To check out the original post, click here.

Note: Here's the post's explanation of how the order of finish was determined:

We started with a list of all of the places in Colorado with populations of 20,000 people or more, which turned out to be a total of 26. Then, we used the 2010 U.S. Census, Areavibes, Yelp, and Sperling's Best Places to gather up the relevant data for eight different criteria:

• Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.) • Live music venues per capita • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.) • Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.) • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better) • Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better) • Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)

From there, we ranked each place from 1 to 26 in each category, with one being the best possible score. Then, we averaged the rankings for each place into one Big Deal Score, with the lowest score being the winner.

Number 10: Lafayette

Ten most exciting Colorado communities according to Movoto

Lafayette, is like the older, more mature, and yet still fun sibling to Boulder. Where Boulder is young and pretty much has a bar on every corner of Pearl Street, Lafayette is a little more low key, but still exciting in its own way....

Number 9: Greeley

Ten most exciting Colorado communities according to Movoto

Greeley may have been described as the town that is "The Exact Opposite of Hawaii" in a "South Park" episode (that one where Cartman and Kenny are placed in a foster home), but as our analysis shows, Greeley is way more exciting than that....

Continue to keep counting down the ten most exciting Colorado communities according to Movoto.

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