These Are The 10 Best Places Places In Colorado To Get A Job

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Colorado, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Denver would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Colorado to find a job.

After analyzing all 51 plus places in Colorado, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Centennial State:

  1. Durango
  2. Aspen
  3. Avon
  4. Gypsum
  5. Eagle
  6. Wellington
  7. Gunnison
  8. Loveland
  9. Rifle
  10. Parker

So listen up Alamosa as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Centennial State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Colorado. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 51 places in Colorado to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 51, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Colorado”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Durango

Durango, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,936Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: 5.16%
Future Job Growth: 45.90%

2. Aspen

Aspen, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,607Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Recent Job Growth: 6.11%
Future Job Growth: 47.70%

3. Avon

Avon, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,383Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Recent Job Growth: 4.71%
Future Job Growth: 44.80%

4. Gypsum

Gypsum, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,396Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Recent Job Growth: 4.71%
Future Job Growth: 44.80%

5. Eagle

Eagle, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,364Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Recent Job Growth: 4.71%
Future Job Growth: 44.80%

6. Wellington

Wellington, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,186Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: 3.34%
Future Job Growth: 42.30%

7. Gunnison

Gunnison, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,892Unemployment Rate: 5.10%
Recent Job Growth: 3.85%
Future Job Growth: 42.60%

8. Loveland

Loveland, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,316Unemployment Rate: 4.90%
Recent Job Growth: 3.34%
Future Job Growth: 41.80%

9. Rifle

Rifle, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,163Unemployment Rate: 5.70%
Recent Job Growth: 4.09%
Future Job Growth: 42.50%

10. Parker

Parker, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,195Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: 2.96%
Future Job Growth: 41.50%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Colorado For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Durango 1 16,936 4.40% 5.16% 45.90%
Aspen 2 6,607 4.50% 6.11% 47.70%
Avon 3 6,383 4.60% 4.71% 44.80%
Gypsum 4 6,396 4.60% 4.71% 44.80%
Eagle 5 6,364 4.60% 4.71% 44.80%
Wellington 6 6,186 4.40% 3.34% 42.30%
Gunnison 7 5,892 5.10% 3.85% 42.60%
Loveland 8 67,316 4.90% 3.34% 41.80%
Rifle 9 9,163 5.70% 4.09% 42.50%
Parker 10 45,195 4.40% 2.96% 41.50%
Carbondale 11 6,428 5.70% 4.09% 42.50%
Boulder 12 99,177 4.10% 2.94% 41.80%
Erie 13 17,946 4.20% 2.94% 41.70%
Littleton 14 42,414 4.80% 2.96% 41.10%
Louisville 15 18,616 4.20% 2.94% 41.70%
Lafayette 16 24,753 4.20% 2.94% 41.70%
Milliken 17 5,553 5.50% 3.26% 41.00%
Superior 18 12,407 4.20% 2.94% 41.70%
Frederick 19 8,626 5.50% 3.26% 41.00%
Johnstown 20 9,748 5.50% 3.26% 41.00%
Windsor 21 18,640 5.50% 3.26% 41.00%
Firestone 22 10,067 5.50% 3.26% 41.00%
Evans 23 18,513 5.50% 3.26% 41.00%
Broomfield 24 55,913 5.00% 2.96% 40.90%
Longmont 25 86,355 4.80% 2.94% 41.10%
Golden 26 18,775 5.00% 2.96% 40.90%
Arvada 27 106,965 5.10% 2.96% 40.80%
Westminster 28 106,750 5.20% 2.96% 40.70%
Greeley 29 93,082 6.10% 3.26% 40.40%
Sheridan 30 5,708 5.50% 2.96% 40.40%
Lakewood 31 143,496 5.50% 2.96% 40.40%
Thornton 32 118,747 5.50% 2.96% 40.40%
Centennial 33 101,339 5.50% 2.96% 40.40%
Brighton 34 33,219 5.90% 2.96% 40.00%
Englewood 35 30,565 5.80% 2.95% 40.10%
Denver 36 604,356 5.80% 2.96% 40.10%
Sterling 37 14,642 4.70% -0.10% 35.10%
Northglenn 38 35,958 6.10% 2.95% 39.80%
Brush 39 5,478 5.00% 0.05% 35.10%
Craig 40 9,301 6.20% 2.72% 39.20%
Cortez 41 8,453 6.80% 2.62% 38.40%
Aurora 42 326,249 6.10% 2.96% 39.80%
Delta 43 8,845 6.80% 1.70% 36.60%
Montrose 44 18,940 7.90% 2.93% 38.00%
Lamar 45 7,867 4.70% -2.43% 30.40%
Fountain 46 25,602 7.00% 0.88% 34.80%
Monument 47 5,403 7.00% 0.88% 34.80%
Trinidad 48 9,032 7.70% 1.02% 34.30%
Pueblo 49 106,944 9.20% 1.55% 33.90%
Fruita 50 12,444 6.90% -0.55% 32.00%
Alamosa 51 9,097 7.20% 0.12% 33.00%

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