These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Colorado

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Colorado. And here they are:

  1. Cherry Hills Village
  2. Erie
  3. Castle Pines
  4. Greenwood Village
  5. Superior
  6. Eagle
  7. Wellington
  8. Parker
  9. Windsor
  10. Lone Tree

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Colorado

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how wealthy a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. And finally, if more people are employed, the brighter (and more successful) that place’s future looks.

After we collected the data for all 79 places with more than 5,000 people in Colorado, we ranked each place from 1 to 79 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the most successful.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Success Score” with the place having the lowest overall Success Score crowned the “Most Successful City in Colorado.”

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each of our top 10 cities so successful, starting with our winner, Cherry Hills Village.

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1. Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,234Median Income: $215,299
Poverty Level: 2.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

2. Erie

Erie, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,305Median Income: $108,857
Poverty Level: 2.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

3. Castle Pines


Population 2014: 10,626 Median Income: $137,426
Poverty Level: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

4. Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,546Median Income: $109,180
Poverty Level: 4.4%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

5. Superior

Superior, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,716Median Income: $116,250
Poverty Level: 5.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

6. Eagle

Eagle, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,511Median Income: $81,571
Poverty Level: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%

7. Wellington

Wellington, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,634Median Income: $73,658
Poverty Level: 3.0%
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%

8. Parker

Parker, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,515Median Income: $98,170
Poverty Level: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

9. Windsor

Windsor, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,865Median Income: $82,724
Poverty Level: 4.6%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

10. Lone Tree

Lone Tree, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,328Median Income: $110,694
Poverty Level: 6.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Cherry Hills Village and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Colorado

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Cherry Hills Village $215,299 2.1% 3.7%
2 Erie $108,857 2.2% 3.8%
3 Castle Pines $137,426 1.8% 4.9%
4 Greenwood Village $109,180 4.4% 3.6%
5 Superior $116,250 5.1% 4.1%
6 Eagle $81,571 2.7% 3.9%
7 Wellington $73,658 3.0% 2.1%
8 Parker $98,170 3.5% 5.0%
9 Windsor $82,724 4.6% 4.4%
10 Lone Tree $110,694 6.9% 4.8%
11 Milliken $66,649 3.9% 4.0%
12 Monument $90,133 3.6% 5.6%
13 John $78,298 3.2% 5.3%
14 Louisville $92,121 7.1% 4.7%
15 Gypsum $94,211 6.6% 5.1%
16 Firestone $81,559 3.9% 5.9%
17 Centennial $90,090 5.3% 6.0%
18 Castle Rock $86,563 6.0% 5.8%
19 Broomfield $80,430 6.3% 6.0%
20 Frederick $80,727 6.3% 6.4%
21 Estes Park $56,236 7.1% 4.4%
22 Aspen $66,635 6.5% 6.8%
23 Arvada $69,550 7.8% 7.1%
24 Lafayette $71,038 7.6% 7.6%
25 Vail $66,283 10.4% 6.4%
26 Thornton $66,160 7.9% 7.5%
27 Littleton $62,683 9.9% 6.8%
28 Brighton $60,319 8.9% 7.6%
29 Westminster $66,300 9.6% 8.5%
30 Lochbuie $49,193 13.9% 4.2%
31 Loveland $55,580 9.3% 7.5%
32 Commerce City $64,672 13.0% 7.3%
33 Glenwood Springs $54,544 15.9% 5.1%
34 Manitou Springs $51,628 13.1% 5.6%
35 Steamboat Springs $54,218 11.4% 6.8%
36 Durango $53,621 15.9% 5.3%
37 Avon $50,203 18.3% 4.0%
38 Berthoud $60,828 7.7% 9.7%
39 Fort Lupton $47,583 11.6% 5.9%
40 Woodland Park $64,248 7.5% 11.5%
41 Fruita $54,875 13.1% 7.1%
42 Fountain $56,687 8.3% 9.2%
43 Craig $47,928 13.3% 5.9%
44 Golden $58,630 18.7% 6.0%
45 Lakewood $56,134 11.6% 8.1%
46 Longmont $60,218 13.2% 8.2%
47 Salida $38,570 9.6% 6.9%
48 Carbondale $59,083 11.1% 10.4%
49 Fort Morgan $42,633 13.5% 6.5%
50 Colorado Springs $54,228 13.2% 9.7%
51 Denver $51,800 16.4% 7.8%
52 Rifle $52,539 12.0% 9.8%
53 Northglenn $53,616 12.9% 9.7%
54 Boulder $58,062 27.6% 7.4%
55 Evans $47,798 16.5% 7.2%
56 Wheat Ridge $49,003 13.2% 8.5%
57 Brush $40,063 10.6% 8.5%
58 Fort Collins $53,775 22.1% 7.9%
59 Aurora $52,275 14.3% 10.1%
60 Englewood $46,776 15.2% 8.9%
61 Federal Heights $36,823 15.8% 9.0%
62 Grand Junction $44,887 18.9% 9.4%
63 Trinidad $43,614 19.3% 9.2%
64 Delta $41,939 15.0% 11.8%
65 Greeley $47,342 20.2% 9.9%
66 Ca $38,540 22.2% 8.0%
67 Ca $38,540 22.2% 8.0%
68 Ca $38,540 22.2% 8.0%
69 Ca $38,540 22.2% 8.0%
70 Montrose $43,281 19.5% 12.0%
71 Edgewater $42,058 17.5% 12.7%
72 Cortez $39,141 19.5% 11.7%
73 Lamar $31,741 21.9% 11.1%
74 Gunnison $40,723 34.2% 11.9%
75 Sheridan $36,250 19.8% 14.2%
76 Pueblo $34,889 23.2% 12.5%
77 Sterling $36,204 20.8% 15.9%
78 La Junta $30,010 26.2% 12.4%
79 Alamosa $26,057 35.0% 12.0%

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