Photos: Ten best places to find a job in Colorado

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Number 8: Thornton
Thornton is located 10 miles northeast of Denver and is one of the fastest growing cities in Colorado. The city offers easy access to the Rocky Mountains' numerous recreational areas for activities such as skiing, hiking, rafting and camping. The city saw 3.6 percent growth in the working-age population between 2009 and 2011, and its households earn a median income of $66,827. Thornton's top employers include DISH Network, North Suburban Medical Center and SunGard Availability Services. Everest College is a career-oriented school that has a campus in Thornton. All its instructors have had previous professional experience in their fields, and all graduates work with the Career Placement Services staff to find a job.
Number 7: Parker
Located 20 miles southeast of Denver, Parker is a highly educated community -- 33.2 percent of all residents have received a bachelor's degree and 14.3 percent have received a master's degree or higher. Parker's households earned a median income of $92,917, and the town's unemployment rate is a low 6.2 percent. Major employers in Parker include OraLabs, Rocky Vista University and Parker Adventist Hospital. Arapahoe Community College has a campus in Parker that offers Community Education in both academic and business-oriented courses. Residents can find courses in personal development, technology and finance.
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