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Colorado Springs in top 2 ‘Best Places to Live’ rankings

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA (KRDO) -- Colorado Springs along with Boulder rank among the best places to live in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Released Tuesday, Boulder was knocked down three positions by Huntsville, Alabama, according to the new 2022-2023 Best Places To Live in the United States rankings.

According to 9News, Colorado Springs including two cities joined the top five in the rankings: Colorado Springs rose four positions to No. 2, Green Bay jumped 18 spots to No. 3, and San Jose catapulted 31 spots to capture No. 5.

Three Colorado metro areas fell in the rankings, all reported having the lowest air quality scores out of the 150 metro areas listed. Denver (No. 55), Fort Collins (No. 54) and Boulder (No. 4) experiencing great air quality damage from wildfire seasons.

"Over the last few years, Denver has experienced a population boom, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon," said the report. "As a result, the cost of living has dramatically increased, with housing costs seeing one of the biggest hikes. The median home sale price in Denver is now significantly higher than the national median."

2022-2023 U.S. News Best Places to Live – Top 10

  1. Huntsville, Alabama
  2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  3. Green Bay, Wisconsin
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. San Jose, California
  6. Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina
  7. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  8. Portland, Maine
  9. Sarasota, Florida
  10. San Francisco, California

"Much of the shakeup we see at the top of this year’s ranking is a result of changing preferences," said Devon Thorsby, real estate editor at U.S. News. "People moving across the country today are putting more emphasis on affordability and quality of life than on the job market, which in many ways takes a back seat as remote work options have become more standard."

According to U.S. News & World Report, Denver's average housing price is more than $640,000, compared to the national average at around $365,000.




  1. the price of houses is ridiculous.
    We have 2 generations facing no prospect of homeownership.
    just the cost of staying alive has increased dramatically.
    If living equates to surviving then yes you can survive Colorado Springs.

  2. So Denver went down in ranking because of growth and higher housing cost. Colorado Springs is facing the same thing but went up in ranking. Makes me question the whole list, especially since San Francisco is ranked 10th. Anyone following the news knows SF is not a great place to live.

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