Raising a family in Colorado

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

There’s no place like Colorado to raise children. With beautiful vistas, excellent weather, and a healthy economy, Colorado is the 12th best state in which to raise a family, according to recent analysis by WalletHub.

Three top Colorado cities for families are in the Boulder-area, leading with No. 2 ranked Erie, No. 4 Louisville, and Superior at No. 5. Firestone and Frederick ranked 6 and 7, respectively. Boulder ranked No. 24. Parker led the state as the top place to raise a family.

Key factors for creating the best environments for child rearing are ample recreation opportunities, healthy living, good schools, and a diverse economy, according to WalletHub. Within these categories, WalletHub also compared cities across 21 key indicators.

In the key indicator of “Most Attractions” Boulder ranked third in the state with its parks, vast open space lined with hiking and biking trails, many sports leagues for children, and great library system. For “Highest Median Income,” Superior and Louisville are third and fourth, respectively. Erie, Frederick, and Firestone ranked 3, 4, and 5 for “Lowest Violent Crime Rate”.

Colorado families take advantage of the state’s rich opportunities to be active, leading the nation as the No. 1 most active and least obese state. The entire state is a haven for recreation, be it for hiking, skiing, biking, camping, or all of the above.

Economically, Colorado offers strong finance, real-estate, and health-care industries. In the Boulder-area, high tech and medical companies thrive.

The area is a “fantastic place to settle with kids” writes WalletHub, adding that Colorado has “one of the lowest state unemployment rates and good public schools.”

To determine the most conducive areas for family life, 61 cities were compared across 21 key indicators of family-friendliness in four key dimensions: 1) Family Life & Fun, 2) Education, Health & Safety, 3) Affordability and 4) Socio-economics.

Here’s how the top Boulder-area cities fared through the lens of Best Places to Raise a Family.

Best Colorado Cities to Raise a Family 2019

See the complete rankings at wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-raise-a-family-in-colorado/38264.

By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail Tom at [email protected], call 303.441.5620 or visit boulderco.com.