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Planning on Living in Colorado? Consider These Top Places to Call Home

Aug 22, 2023|

For 2022, Colorado's GDP was around $371 billion, an increase of 2.4% from 2021. This growth has played a large role in attracting new residents to the Centennial State. Another attractive draw of Colorado is its abundant outdoor activities and gorgeous scenery: The majority of the Southern Rocky Mountains mountain range is in Colorado, and the state is home to part of the Great Plains and the northeastern section of Colorado Plateau. Skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing are popular activities, as are hiking, rock climbing, and canyoneering.

Colorado may be a beautiful place, but is it safe? The state does have an above-average crime rate—property crimes happen at a rate of 31.35 per 1,000, compared to the national rate of 19 per 1,000. At the same time, some cities in Colorado have crime rates lower than the national average. Whether the area of Colorado you call home has a crime rate that is low or high, making sure your home and family are protected is paramount.

Keep reading to learn more about the best places to live in Colorado.

Aspen City skyline with dramatic sunset

Best places to live in Colorado

Colorado is full of cities that have scenic views and access to beautiful hiking trails.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock is one of the safest cities in Colorado, and it has a population of nearly 82,000. The city's population has been growing at an annual rate of 3.6%. The city is predicted to reach around 130,000 to 150,000 residents.

You can enjoy the natural beauty of Colorado while living in Castle Rock. There are 110 miles of trails, 6,680 acres of open space, and 55 parks to give you a breath of fresh air when you want to unwind. Money magazine regularly recognizes Castle Rock as one of the best places to live, and it’s located just 30.9 miles from Denver, giving you convenient access to the major city if needed.

The crime rate in Castle Rock is lower than both the state and nation's average. Property crimes occur at a rate of 15.56 per 1,000, and the overall crime rate is only 16.08 per 1,000.


Parker also has a below-average crime rate, making it one of the best places to live in Colorado. Its property crime rate is 17.72 per 1,000.

Parker is close to Denver, making it the perfect place to live if you enjoy visiting big cities but prefer a homier location for everyday life. Parker strives to maintain a hometown atmosphere and a high quality of life.

Downtown Parker features Western-Victorian architecture, and there are open spaces throughout the city. With highly rated public schools and a calm nightlife, Parker is a family-friendly place to live.

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Centennial is 16 miles from Denver and has excellent public schools, and living so close to Denver may expand your career opportunities. Centennial has more than 14 parks, plenty of open spaces, and nearly 100 miles of trails. There are four golf courses, a sports complex, and a recreation center as well.

With a property crime rate of 19.95 per 1,000, Centennial is one of the safest cities in Colorado. With a population just over 100,000, Centennial is a great option for those who like a somewhat more populated area that's low in crime.


Denver has a property crime rate of 60.32 per 1,000 residents. The benefits of living in Denver include the vibrant culture, diverse experiences, and lively events throughout the year. Many people consider Denver to be one of the best places to live for its booming economy, access to the outdoors, and the variety of cultures and styles of neighborhoods to live in. Denver residents can live in mountainous areas, suburban homes, or contemporary urban homes.

Some of the safest neighborhoods in Denver are Auraria, Victoria Crossing, and Holly Hills. Auraria is popular among college students for its above-average safety and walkability. Victoria Crossing is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Denver. Many residents drive luxury cars and work as executives. Holly Hills has a lot of large single-family homes with four or more bedrooms.

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is the second biggest city in Colorado with a population of 491,530. It's one of the best places to live in Colorado for affordable living, outdoor opportunities, and a strong economy. More than 35 Fortune 500 companies are in the city. Colorado Springs is small business-friendly as well. Wallet Hub recognized Colorado Springs as the 15th best place in the U.S. to start a business.

At 32.52 per 1,000, the property crime rate in Colorado Springs is slightly higher than the state's average and significantly higher than the nation's rate. Safe neighborhoods in Colorado Springs include Fort Carson South, Fort Carson, and Black Forest.

Colorado Springs downtown seen from Palmer Park

Is a home security system a must in Colorado?

No matter where you live in Colorado, a home security system is a necessity for keeping your home and family safe. With a security system safeguarding your home, you can:

  • Monitor your home: A Vivint home security system uses cameras, sensors, lights, and sounds to secure your home and ward off would-be criminals.
  • Catch porch pirates on camera: The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro proactively protects your packages using Smart Deter technology. And with HD video that allows you to clearly see who is at your door, it’s possible to capture the faces of those who visit your doorstep.
  • Control your locks from anywhere: Say goodbye to the feeling of anxiety that comes from forgetting whether or not you remembered to lock the front door. Smart locks solve this problem by showing the status of your locks in the Vivint app. And if you did forget to lock a door, you can do it remotely with the press of a button.

Keep your home as your safe haven in Colorado

Colorado is a beautiful place to live, and you can make it an even safer place for your family with a Vivint home security system. No matter where in Colorado you choose to call home—from Colorado Springs to Castle Rock—Vivint is there to bring you peace of mind.

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