Colorado Springs Ranked no. 3 “Best Place to Live” by U.S. News & World Report

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs is the number three “Best Place to Live” in America, according to the 2019 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are based on data from the nation’s top 125 metro areas “around cost of living, job market, crime rates, quality of education and more,” according to U.S. News.

“We’re very proud to be in the top three places to live in America for the second straight year,” said Mayor John Suthers. “As Olympic City USA, it’s always good to make the podium, and it’s great to see Colorado dominate the top three. Colorado Springs has ranked in the top five for three of the last four years, and that’s something to be proud of. There is a lot happening in Colorado Springs, with major catalytic projects underway which will only continue to shine the light on this city. As more people learn about our great city, and as we grow and have even more to offer residents and visitors, I’m certain we’ll remain a top contender for the Best Place to Live.”

Colorado Springs was the only city in the top five to score a “10” in the desirability category. The Desirability Index measures whether or not people want to live in a given metro area. To determine this, the magazine polled approximately 2,500 people across the country to find out in which of the ranked metro areas they would most like to live. San Francisco and Portland, OR were the only other top 10 cities to receive a “10” in desirability in 2019.

“It’s said that if you build a place where people want to visit, you’ll build a place where people want to live. Once people experience Colorado Springs firsthand, it’s easy to see why they would consider the possibility of calling Olympic City USA their home,” said Visit Colorado Springs President and CEO Doug Price.

According to U.S. News, “high marks for college preparedness among high school students and a consistently strong job market help Colorado Springs rank near the top of the list.”

Past Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

  • Colorado Springs was ranked the 1st Most Desirable Place to Live according to the U.S. News & World Report study in 2018.
  • Colorado Springs ranked 2nd Best Place to Live in 2018.
  • Colorado Springs ranked 2nd Most Desirable Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report readers in 2017.
  • Colorado Springs ranked 11th Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.
  • Colorado Springs ranked 5th Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Colorado Springs ranked 2nd Most Desirable Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. 

Additional Information

Methodology: https://realestate.usnews.com/places/methodology

2019 Best Places To Live rankings: https://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings/best-places-to-live

Colorado Springs profile page: https://realestate.usnews.com/places/colorado/colorado-springs