U.S. News & World report recently launched a report on the top 100 places to live in the United States (2016 edition). Nearing the top of the list were desirable cities such as Austin, Texas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, at No. 2. and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, take the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively, but at the very top of the list was our very own mile high city of Denver, Colorado. Although it may come as no surprise based off of the amount of people moving here daily, one may wonder how we topped this list and what criteria is considered to be awarded the prestigious award of THE best place to live in this fine country of ours.
The report takes a look at a number of different factors to gain an overall average score for the position on the list. Included in these are as follows : desirability, value, job market, quality of life, and net migration. Denver’s highest merit was Desirability at a rating of 9.9 out of 10. This number was determined using a google consumer survey all across the country which asked is recipients what city they would prefer to live in, the metro areas were then ranked according to the percentage of the total votes they received. Read the full article to discover all factors which earned us the #1 city in America to live in. Alternatively, Westword Magazine offer’s their top 12 reasons Denver is the best place to live in the country here:
12. You can wear flannel ironically or un-ironically.
11. Anyone can join the Mile High Club.
10. The cultural conglomeration in the Golden Triangle includes the Denver Public Library, with awesome views and the awe-inspiring free programs.
9. Downtown Denver doesn’t shut down after 6 p.m., like the downtown of so many other cities.
8. Trucks and vendors peddle their wares to the let-out crowd, while breakfast-burrito salesmen knock on just about every office door each morning.
7. Green chile might have gotten its start in New Mexico, but it reached its peak in Denver, where it’s best enjoyed smothering a Mexican hamburger, which was definitely invented here (unlike the much-touted cheeseburger).
6. The independent arts and music scenes are vibrant…and if you can’t earn a living here, at least you can enjoy the show!
5. Denver offers every kind of free public-park option: dog parks, skate parks, bike parks, walking parks, grassy parks, gay parks…and, above all, Red Rocks.
4. Matt Stone and Trey Parker proved you don’t have to graduate from the University of Colorado to hit it big on the small screen…and then make fun of Mormons on Broadway.
3. Denver enjoys 300 days of sunshine — if you’re fairly liberal with your definition of sunshine — which quickly melt the snow in the city while keeping the white stuff on the peaks.
2. The Front Range is on the front line of this country’s beer production, frequently clocking in at number one for craft beer…
1. And Colorado is certainly the only state whose governor got his start in the public eye as a bar owner.