Louisville continues to make a name for itself as a favored place to live, this time on Sunset Magazine’s the West’s Best Places to Live and Work list.
Sunset named Lousiville the runner-up for “Best ‘burb,” tying with Alameda and South Pasadena, Calif., with Issaquah, Wash., winning the category.
To compile its list, which included six top winners and 18 runners-up, Sunset editors interrogated urban experts about what makes a great place to live in 2014. They then visited or called to talk to people who lived in those communities. Once Sunset editors identified its semifinalists, they asked the magazine’s readers to vote on their favorites, receiving more than 19,000 responses.
About Louisville, population 19,075, Sunset editors say, “This Denver suburb regularly scores high on Best Places lists because of its schools, historic downtown, and 1,800 acres of open space. What’s new is an influx of restaurants (like farm-fresh Empire Lounge) that, say Louisville fans, rival the best in nearby Boulder. Cons? You mostly need a car to get around.”
Sunset identified Lousiville’s median home price as $396,000 and gave its schools a score of 9 out of 10.
But Louisville was only one of three Colorado communities to make the list, though all of them were runners-up to other cities. Carbondale, with a population 6,489 and rent of $972 for a one-bedroom apartment, was runner-up to Honolulu, Hawaii, as the best place to postpone a career. Sunset editors noted its proximity to Aspen and “world-class skiing, mountain biking and fly-fishing, and a vastly lower cost of living than in the resort town 30 miles away. Some Carbondale residents bike to jobs in Aspen. Others work in Carbondale’s growing green-energy economy.”
Denver neighborhood Highland, population 8,603, tied as a runner-up for “Best city 'hood” Richmond in Portland, OR, with the title going to the Sugar House neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sunsetedtiors say of Highland, “Hipsters and retirees mingle in this diverse neighborhood transformed by nearby Coors Field and a pedestrian bridge that links to downtown. Watch for improving schools and, in 2016, a commuter-rail station.” The magazine identified Highland’s median home price as $366,450 and gave its schools a score of three out of 10.
Lastly, Durango (population 17,216 and median home price $330,000) tied with both Corvallis, Ore., and Cambria, Calif., for runner-up in the “best place to be finally free” to winner Flagstaff, Ariz.
“Along with winter skiing and mountain biking, there’s kayaking on the Animas River, which runs near the city’s downtown, a National Historic District,” say Sunset editors. “The city’s setting – backed up against the San Juan Mountains – is spectacular, but Durango is a bit isolated: The nearest major city is Albuquerque, three hours away.”
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