Boulder appeared on Apartment List’s top 10 Best Colorado Cities for Families based on safety, housing cost, school quality and child friendliness; but, at No. 7, it wasn’t the highest-ranked city in the Boulder Valley.
That honor went to Longmont, which came in at No. 3 behind Castle Rock and Loveland. Castle Rock came in at No. 4 on the national list while Loveland was ranked 90th nationally. No other Colorado city ranked in Apartment List’s top 100 cities for young families nationwide.
“Named for its views of nearby Longs Peak, this mountain city tied Loveland for affordability,” Apartment List’s report says of Longmont. “And Longmont actually scored higher for safety and kid friendliness, with a slightly lower crime rate and slightly higher percentage of children than its neighbor to the north. The city of nearly 90,000 fell a bit short when it came to school quality, however, with a lower percentage of students graduating from high school here.”
In its study, Apartment List weighted safety at 35 percent; housing cost, 30 percent; school quality, 25 percent; and child friendliness, 10 percent.
Here’s a look at the complete list of top 10 Colorado Cities for Families, according to Apartment List:
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