These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Colorado

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Colorado have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Colorado places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Cherry Hills Village, the happiest place in Colorado.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Centennial State”:

  1. Cherry Hills Village
  2. Erie
  3. Monument
  4. The Pinery
  5. Castle Pines
  6. Highlands Ranch
  7. Greenwood Village
  8. Stonegate
  9. Superior
  10. Windsor
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Centennial State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 102 places in Colorado with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 102 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Colorado”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Colorado ranked. Our apologies to Louisville which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,234People Who Own Their Home: 89.9%
Married Adults: 72.6%

2. Erie

Erie, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,305People Who Own Their Home: 84.4%
Married Adults: 67.9%

3. Monument

Monument, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,226People Who Own Their Home: 81.1%
Married Adults: 66.9%

4. The Pinery


Population: 11,087 People Who Own Their Home: 93.3%
Married Adults: 68.4%

5. Castle Pines


Population: 10,626 People Who Own Their Home: 80.7%
Married Adults: 68.6%

6. Highlands Ranch


Population: 101,350 People Who Own Their Home: 78.7%
Married Adults: 65.1%

7. Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,546People Who Own Their Home: 63.9%
Married Adults: 63.9%

8. Stonegate


Population: 8,755 People Who Own Their Home: 89.8%
Married Adults: 59.6%

9. Superior

Superior, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,716People Who Own Their Home: 64.4%
Married Adults: 63.4%

10. Windsor

Windsor, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,865People Who Own Their Home: 77.0%
Married Adults: 68.2%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Colorado

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Cherry Hills Village 1 6,234 89.9% 72.6%
Erie 2 19,305 84.4% 67.9%
Monument 3 6,226 81.1% 66.9%
The Pinery 4 11,087 93.3% 68.4%
Castle Pines 5 10,626 80.7% 68.6%
Highlands Ranch 6 101,350 78.7% 65.1%
Greenwood Village 7 14,546 63.9% 63.9%
Stonegate 8 8,755 89.8% 59.6%
Superior 9 12,716 64.4% 63.4%
Windsor 10 19,865 77.0% 68.2%
Louisville 11 19,171 70.6% 60.5%
Woodmoor 12 8,155 85.7% 72.4%
Fairmount 13 8,093 84.8% 62.5%
Roxborough Park 14 9,273 90.6% 74.0%
Gleneagle 15 6,870 80.4% 70.0%
Parker 16 47,515 76.4% 64.6%
Wellington 17 6,634 79.9% 66.6%
Eagle 18 6,511 68.1% 69.2%
Redlands 19 9,546 85.4% 65.1%
Dakota Ridge 20 33,583 80.0% 58.4%
Centennial 21 104,213 80.6% 60.2%
Gunbarrel 22 8,933 65.5% 53.3%
Columbine 23 24,724 86.3% 59.3%
Black Forest 24 12,959 91.1% 71.8%
Gypsum 25 6,587 71.3% 62.5%
Frederick 26 9,636 87.9% 59.9%
Cherry Creek 27 12,113 64.6% 57.4%
Ken Caryl 28 32,944 80.4% 58.3%
Castle Rock 29 51,802 73.0% 64.4%
Firestone 30 10,908 83.2% 63.0%
Lone Tree 31 12,328 57.6% 56.3%
Estes Park 32 6,022 50.8% 57.9%
Milliken 33 5,837 79.3% 69.2%
Evergreen 34 8,690 76.8% 60.6%
Security-Widefield 35 33,566 77.4% 58.6%
Fountain 36 26,881 59.7% 60.0%
Arvada 37 109,800 71.2% 52.9%
Pueblo West 38 30,655 76.3% 57.6%
Berthoud 39 5,323 80.7% 58.3%
Fruita 40 12,702 68.9% 53.0%
Fruitvale 41 8,422 82.7% 59.2%
Lafayette 42 25,812 70.6% 51.9%
Applewood 43 7,467 67.8% 55.4%
Loveland 44 70,093 60.3% 54.0%
Fort Morgan 45 11,397 56.4% 48.8%
Woodland Park 46 7,187 70.7% 60.3%
Salida 47 5,329 63.2% 48.3%
Edwards 48 9,385 40.0% 54.9%
Cimarron Hills 49 16,698 62.3% 50.4%
Craig 50 9,092 54.9% 52.0%
Orchard Mesa 51 6,272 81.5% 50.1%
Littleton 52 43,710 58.0% 50.5%
Fort Carson 53 14,766 0.4% 46.2%
Air Force Academy 54 6,046 0.0% 14.3%
Thornton 55 124,707 65.4% 54.3%
Manitou Springs 56 5,175 49.2% 49.9%
Brighton 57 35,004 65.3% 52.8%
Commerce City 58 48,792 67.1% 55.1%
Dove Valley 59 5,401 45.1% 40.5%
Vail 60 5,280 18.4% 32.7%
Longmont 61 88,547 59.7% 51.8%
Colorado Springs 62 433,547 55.1% 50.9%
Steamboat Springs 63 12,044 33.9% 45.0%
Aspen 64 6,700 32.8% 36.1%
Golden 65 19,759 54.3% 40.1%
Westminster 66 109,296 59.8% 51.1%
Evans 67 19,535 56.8% 51.7%
Fort Lupton 68 7,595 61.0% 54.8%
Grand Junction 69 59,731 56.0% 46.2%
Fort Collins 70 149,627 52.4% 41.9%
Avon 71 6,384 23.5% 47.0%
Durango 72 17,268 42.8% 33.0%
Montrose 73 19,018 58.5% 56.7%
Glenwood Springs 74 9,668 51.1% 45.7%
Lamar 75 7,810 52.3% 49.4%
Boulder 76 102,002 45.5% 33.1%
Trinidad 77 8,657 52.7% 46.4%
Wheat Ridge 78 30,655 50.6% 44.2%
Lakewood 79 145,880 55.4% 46.1%
Delta 80 8,801 51.3% 52.9%
La Junta 81 7,040 44.3% 48.5%
Greeley 82 95,677 52.4% 44.9%
Northglenn 83 37,075 56.4% 47.0%
Alamosa 84 9,427 42.6% 35.9%
Denver 85 633,777 46.4% 39.0%
Pueblo 86 107,706 51.7% 40.4%
Clifton 87 20,262 62.5% 47.9%
Carbondale 88 6,464 58.1% 48.3%
Rifle 89 9,397 51.3% 57.4%
Englewood 90 31,298 45.7% 38.0%
Cortez 91 8,515 50.6% 42.4%
Stratmoor 92 7,209 53.0% 36.5%
Sterling 93 14,709 52.7% 36.4%
Gunnison 94 5,927 33.5% 26.9%
Berkley 95 11,706 56.0% 37.5%
Welby 96 16,273 59.9% 44.8%
Derby 97 8,638 60.3% 44.7%
Aurora 98 339,480 54.0% 46.6%
Sherrelwood 99 19,275 55.7% 44.8%
Federal Heights 100 11,835 45.8% 47.6%
Edgewater 101 5,217 33.3% 29.3%
Sheridan 102 5,819 49.4% 37.4%

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