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Most Popular Spots in Colorado to Retire

By    |   Thursday, 05 Nov 2015 02:53 PM

An increasing number of Americans are retiring in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain state was ranked No. 2 on the list of best places to retire in the country, compiled by CNN Money. The rankings are based on statewide factors, yet specific towns are attracting retirees like magnets.

Here are the towns that appeal the most to retirees.

Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is a golden-ager’s mecca. Home of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the median priced home in this city sold for $175,000 in 2010, and the cost of living is well below the national average, according to The Gazette.

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Colorado Spring residents’ happiness and feelings of well-being are high on a national scale. A poll by Gallup showed a correlation between this happiness and retirees’ accessibility to parks and active lifestyles.

The town’s own Garden of the Gods State Park was recognized last year as the nation’s most popular park. An added benefit to seniors is the presence of Memorial Cardiology, ranked as one of the nation’s premier hospitals for cardiology care.

Denver, which is near Rocky Mountain State Park, is known for its low crime rate, great weather, and accessibility to an active outdoor lifestyle. Weather in the mile-high city is some of the best in Colorado, with sun 300 days of the year. The cost of living ranked only slightly higher than the national average, and residents are close to a large international airport. It also has high-quality health care.

Loveland is located about 50 miles north of Denver. With a slightly lower cost of living than Denver, Loveland offers a small-town locale made famous for sugar beets and cherry production. It has also been recognized with a number of community awards for its calm, peaceful vibe. Located along the Northern Colorado Front Range in the Big Thompson Valley, high tech businesses have moved there. As with other towns in Colorado, its residents enjoy access to Rocky Mountain State Park and the active lifestyle it offers. In 2010, AARP magazine rated Loveland as one of the “top places to retire.”

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Though Boulder, Colorado, has earned a spot on the list of most popular spots to retire in Colorado, the town is not for every retiree. Boulder suits those who have saved exceedingly well for their retirement years. According to Forbes, the town’s cost of living is 18 percent above the national average.

It’s a college town, and home to the University of Colorado’s main campus. Culturally rich, the town boasts the eighth highest number of fine artists in the nation. Boulder is also home to 30 art galleries, 32 theaters, four museums, and plethora of annual and special cultural events. Situated at the foot of the Colorado Front Range foothills, the view is stunningly gorgeous.

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