Highlands Ranch Colorado kevin.ekmark (Flickr)

A sunset in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Photo Credit: kevin.ekmark (Flickr)

There are lots of reasons for many Coloradans to find happiness in the place they live – from the ample days of sunshine to the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. In a recent report published by Zippia, one Colorado city was ranked as both the happiest place in the state, as well as one of the happiest places in the country.

Found in Douglas County with a population that's estimated to be around 115,000, Highlands Ranch was dubbed the happiest place in the Centennial State. This city, just south of Denver, also got national recognition has the 6th happiest place in the United States of America.

Zippia cited high household earnings (78 percent over $75K) and a reasonable commute as two reason why residents here are so elated. Due to this city's close proximity to Denver, many Highlands Ranch residents opt to live here, commuting to a job in Downtown Denver or in the Denver Technological Center. It's also worth noting that Highlands Ranch is home to 19 different parks, more than 60 miles of trails, and more than 2,000 acres of undeveloped land that residents can explore.

Highlands Ranch also has a number of notable restaurants and is home to the Performing Arts Academy.

Thanks to the central location on the Front Range and many drivable outdoor recreation options, this Colorado city is one spot where urban life and the outdoors can meet. It's no surprise a lot of people here have a reason to smile.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside

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