Northern Colorado’s Most Livable Cities Might Surprise You
beats out this
in a ranking of livable cities, perhaps rent and mortgage has gotten just a teensy bit too high. Yes, Greeley out-"rank"-ed Fort Collins in a way it should be proud of.
Here are all of Northern Colorado's most livable towns according to this study:
- Highlands Ranch
- Fort Collins
Here's the breakdown of all that; and, if you're wanting the best combination of attributes in your city based solely on financial aspects, there are your Colorado winners. I am surprised we aren't seeing the Wellingtons, Severences, and Meads of the area, so I'm guessing perhaps they're considered too small to count - which is silly.
That's because Denver Business Journal looked at factors including:
- Median income
- Median monthly housing cost
- Percent of residents below the poverty line
- Unemployment rate
- Percent of residents without health insurance, and
- Commute time.
Depressed yet? Sorry, that wasn't my goal. If you want something bad enough (e.g. to live in a certain place, do a certain career, achieve anything, really,) you can make it work. I've lived in a few places where it just didn't feel as good to wake up in the morning as it does in Northern Colorado, yet I never had to worry about my bank balance. In a pinch, I choose to flip that, because atmosphere and recreation are more important to me than the thickness of my financial cushion. Don't get me wrong, I'm striving for both, because I believe you can have both. It just doesn't happen right away, nor the way we think it will. Nothing worthwhile is easy, yet we live in a society that tells us it should be. There's my two cents.