Choosing where you buy your home as a first-time home buyer can be very daunting. And the neighborhood you choose is every bit as important as the house itself! Some may even argue, more important! The good thing about looking for homes in Colorado is you have a lot of great cities to choose from and they are almost always close to great hiking trails!
The first challenge many first-time home buyers experience when determining where to live is weighing the pros and cons of a neighborhood. How do you measure the best place to buy a home? What makes a city “best?”
Luckily there are ways to widdle down your list! Popular filters include commute time, school districts, and distance from family and friends. Also working with a real estate expert can help you determine the ‘best’ area for you to call home! And in addition, it always helps to do a little online research! WalletHub recently compared over 300 cities across the US, considering important factors such as affordability, cost of living, market attractiveness, and quality of life, to determine the best cities for first time home buyers in 2020. And unsurprisingly many Colorado cities made the list!
In the overall rankings, Thornton made an impressive top 5 appearance with Arvada holding strong at #13. Centennial, Greeley, Longmont, Westminster, and Pueblo round out the top 30.
Quality of Life
When ranked based on “Quality of Life” score, Colorado cities took up 2 of the top 10 spots on the list!
Quality of life score was based on recreation, weather, school systems, job market, crime rate, and more.
WalletHub also divided the list based on city size. In the large cities ranking, three Colorado cities ranked high on the list — Colorado Springs (#4), Denver (#19), and Aurora jumped up the list from #12 in 2018 to #5 in 2020.
Learn more about the Colorado cities featured below:
|Arvada – Arvada is centrally located, only seven miles from the Denver capitol building with easy access to the mountains. This Colorado city offers a small town sense of community, a thriving business climate, and diverse housing options. Learn more & see homes for sale in Arvada >>|
|Aurora – During the 1970s and into the early 1980s, Aurora was the fastest growing city in the United States. Thanks to its appealing location, abundant recreational activities, strong business climate, and variety of housing options, Aurora continues to attract new residents each year. Learn more & see homes for sale in Aurora >>|
|Boulder – Boulder has been recognized as one of the best places to live for outdoor enthusiasts. This is thanks to 45,000 acres of designated space to hike, bike ride, mountain climb, kayak, fish, and more. With plenty of shopping and the largest university in the state, Boulder is a popular place to live. Learn more & see homes for sale in Boulder >>|
|Centennial – Centennial, part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan area, is the 10th largest city in the state. With a network of recreational trails and parks, locals have access to many outdoor activities from this family-friendly city. Learn more & see homes for sale in Centennial >>|
|Colorado Springs – Living in Colorado Springs inspires an appreciation for the outdoors. With a thriving arts and culture district, locals enjoy art galleries, performance arts, and fine arts. Find breathtaking views of mountains and access to stunning parks throughout the city. Learn more & see homes for sale in Colorado Springs >>|
|Denver – Denver is not only the largest city and capital of Colorado, it offers 80 official neighborhoods, each with its own appeal. With more than 200 parks, 650 miles of paved trails, 90 golf courses, and 30 rec centers, Denver has the largest city park system in the country. Not to mention its museums, restaurants, breweries, arts scene… Learn more & see homes for sale in Denver >>|
|Fort Collins – With access to Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest, Fort Collins is a gateway city to the Front Range. But you don’t have to leave the city for entertainment. Old Town offers restaurants, bookstores, galleries, and breweries. Home to Colorado State University, the college town brings many attractions for residents. Learn more & see homes for sale in Fort Collins >>|
|Greeley – Another college town, Greeley is home to the University of Northern Colorado. Greeley offers easy access to other cities and the mountains, several signature events, and numerous craft breweries. Learn more & see homes for sale in Greeley >>|
|Longmont -Named after Longs Peak, it’s no surprise that Longmont offers great outdoor activities from mountain access to parks and open space. With a lively and historic downtown, you’ll find year-round activities including farmers’ markets and live music. Learn more & see homes for sale in Longmont >>|
|Thornton – Good schools contribute to Thornton’s family-friendly community. The city offers a wide range of outdoor activities and events, including festivals, concerts, exhibits, and public art displays throughout the year. Learn more & see homes for sale in Thornton >>|
|Westminster – Westminster offers beautiful mountain views, easy access to nearby shopping centers, restaurants, and open space. The city’s open feel combined with good schools make Westminster a popular choice for families. Learn more & see homes for sale in Westminster >>|