Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. Photo Credit: brucemaloneatx (iStock).

Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. Photo Credit: brucemaloneatx (iStock).

Home to world-class outdoor recreation and great weather, it's no surprise that a Colorado city is found on top of U.S. News & World Report's list of 'best places to live for quality of life in the U.S. in 2020-2021.'

Tucked on the edge of the Front Range foothills, Boulder was ranked as the best place in the country to live for quality of life during the U.S. News and World Report 'best places to live' analysis.

The ranking came with a high score on the U.S. News' 'Quality of Life' index, on which Boulder scored an 8.3. This index includes factors like crime rate, quality of education, quality of health care, well-being, and commute experience.

Boulder was also ranked as the overall best place to live in the country, as well as the 7th safest place to live, and as the 53rd best place to retire.

Fort Collins was also ranked 10th on the top 25 'best places to live for quality of life' list. It was the only other Colorado spot to make the cut.

See the full list here.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run. He's on a mission to summit all 58 of Colorado's fourteeners and has already climbed more than half.


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(4) comments


Except now the grocery store isn't even safe to go to. There are better places to live, in other states.


The People's Republic of Boulder's cost of living must not' have been a factor in figuring out the best place to live. The Broadmoor should've made the list.


Boulder sucks, sorry but whoever voted for Boulder must be a moron. No parking, cramped, very expensive, oppressive, completely gentrified community... but ya, other than that, it's great.


I guess right now some guy is inside a king soopers there. Holding the police at bay with a rifle.. I hope this doesn't affect their safety rating.

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