Best Places to Live – Colorado by CNN Money Magazine
CNN Money Magazine compiled a list of the Best Small Cities to Live in the U.S. Colorado scored on 5 places out of 100. Two of those were in Douglas County, Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock are great “small cities” with lots of amenities, including being part of Metro Denver.
Also noted was Highlands Ranch as a “top earning town” with an average income of $117,523 which is well above the Best Places overall average.
Demographic Statistics for Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Demographics for Castle Rock, Colorado
Centennial which is located in Arapahoe County Colorado was also recognized as having an excellent quality of life. Centennial is known for being in the Cherry Creek School District and having one of the busiest private jet airports, Centennial Airport in the country.
Demographics for Centennial, Colorado
Also on the list were Ft. Collins and Boulder, both college towns worthy of mentioning.
Population of Metro Denver Small Cities
Denver Real Estate News – Highlands Ranch Featured
Highlands Ranch received a tip of the hat from Money Magazine this month. In a list outlining “America’s 100 best places to live” Highlands Ranch came in at #12!
The publication sited Highlands Ranch in Douglas County as having:
“over 8,100 acres of open space, 22 lush parks and activity possibilities that span from hiking to golf. This unincorporated area outside Denver offers the best of the Colorado outdoors.”
It is always nice to be recognized by national publications that we in the Denver Metro area have very desirable neighborhoods. Of course folks discovered Highlands Ranch because it also has a wonderful infrastructure of good Douglas County schools, excellent shopping and remarkable views. All this is within easy driving distance to the area’s employment centers, DTC, Downtown Denver, Cherry Creek etc.
Highlands Ranch is also within a quick commute of the Light Rail line for those working warriors who prefer to use public transportation.
Last week the Denver Business Journal reported that Douglas County topped the nation in the fourth quarter for the highese increase in average weekly wages, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The suburban county posted a 26.1 percent year-over-over gain in wages, or $244 higher, while the U.S. average was just 2.5 percent more, or $23 higher. – Denver Business Journal