These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Colorado

John McLean
by John McLean
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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Colorado that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 79 largest cities in Colorado with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Centennial State:

  1. Estes Park
  2. Castle Pines
  3. Louisville
  4. Cherry Hills Village
  5. Erie
  6. Greenwood Village
  7. Superior
  8. Monument
  9. Frederick
  10. Parker

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Centennial State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Colorado, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 79 places in Colorado.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 79 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Colorado”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Estes Park

Smartest Colorado

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Population: 6,022
Adults Without High School Diploma: 0.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Estes Park graduated early and at the top of the class. It’s taken the diploma as the smartest city in the state of Colorado with almost no high school dropouts and .8% of the population lacking a high school diploma.

2. Castle Pines

Smartest Colorado

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Population: 10,626
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The silver finisher is Castle Pines, CO with just over 10,000 residents. With so few high school dropouts and just 1.5% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma they earned their spot here.

3. Louisville

Smartest Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,171
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Our bronze finisher is the city of Louisville, Colorado. At a population of 19,171 and almost no high school dropouts the kids here are studying every night.

4. Cherry Hills Village

Smartest Colorado

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Population: 6,234
Adults Without High School Diploma: 0.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.5%

Aside from having a cool name the city of Cherry Hills Village is also pretty clever at #4. With only 1.5% high school dropouts and .7% of the population lacking a high school diploma this little town is doing big things.

5. Erie

Smartest Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,305
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The residents of Erie really are some of the brightest bulbs in the box with so few high school dropouts and only 2.5% adults lacking a diploma.

Come soak up some of the smarts here.

6. Greenwood Village

Smartest Colorado

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Population: 14,546
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.3%

Coming in at #6 the city of Greenwood Village is making a big show of intelligence as only 1.3% of high school kids are dropping out early and 2.4% of the population is missing it’s high school diploma.

7. Superior

Smartest Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,716
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.6%

The town of Superior should feel, well, superior! At #7 the beat out plenty of competition to take their spot on the list of smartest cities with 1.6% being the high school dropout rate and number of adults without a diploma.

8. Monument

Smartest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,226
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The town of Monument is coming in at #8 with some pretty great numbers. An ultra low high school dropout rate and just over 3.8% lacking a high school diploma earns them a high rank on our list.

9. Frederick

Smartest Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,636
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The residents of Frederick obviously have the keys to success in their pocket as they take the #9 spot on our list. At a population of over 9,000 and so few high school dropouts this town is on the path to success in the classroom.

10. Parker

Smartest Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,515
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 2.5%

Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Parker, Colorado. With only 2.5% of the high school population not making it to graduation and 2.4% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma they have earned their spot on the list.

And that’s how you graduate in style

There you have it folks, the Ten Smartest cities in the state Colorado. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit www.zippia.com to have all of your questions answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Colorado

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Estes Park 1 6,022 0.8% 0.0%
Castle Pines 2 10,626 1.5% 0.0%
Louisville 3 19,171 1.5% 0.0%
Cherry Hills Village 4 6,234 0.7% 1.5%
Erie 5 19,305 2.5% 0.0%
Greenwood Village 6 14,546 2.4% 1.3%
Superior 7 12,716 1.6% 1.6%
Monument 8 6,226 3.8% 0.0%
Frederick 9 9,636 3.8% 0.0%
Parker 10 47,515 2.4% 2.5%
Fort Collins 11 149,627 4.2% 1.3%
Wellington 12 6,634 5.0% 0.0%
Steamboat Springs 13 12,044 4.0% 1.5%
Boulder 14 102,002 4.4% 1.3%
Woodland Park 15 7,187 4.0% 2.1%
John 16 11,639 5.7% 0.0%
Centennial 17 104,213 2.6% 3.3%
Eagle 18 6,511 6.4% 0.0%
Golden 19 19,759 5.5% 1.7%
Windsor 20 19,865 3.2% 4.4%
Craig 21 9,092 9.9% 0.2%
Berthoud 22 5,323 3.3% 4.9%
Loveland 23 70,093 6.4% 2.8%
Durango 24 17,268 4.8% 3.7%
Broomfield 25 59,027 5.2% 3.4%
Arvada 26 109,800 5.7% 3.0%
Littleton 27 43,710 5.6% 3.6%
Vail 28 5,280 0.9% 13.8%
Lone Tree 29 12,328 2.0% 10.2%
Fountain 30 26,881 5.4% 4.3%
Glenwood Springs 31 9,668 14.2% 0.0%
Aspen 32 6,700 3.8% 8.0%
Castle Rock 33 51,802 5.1% 5.9%
Gypsum 34 6,587 15.3% 0.0%
Grand Junction 35 59,731 8.6% 3.8%
Lafayette 36 25,812 5.3% 7.0%
Colorado Springs 37 433,547 7.2% 4.8%
Montrose 38 19,018 13.6% 2.7%
Firestone 39 10,908 3.8% 11.4%
Lakewood 40 145,880 9.1% 4.5%
Alamosa 41 9,427 17.0% 0.3%
Westminster 42 109,296 9.8% 4.3%
Trinidad 43 8,657 14.1% 2.6%
Longmont 44 88,547 12.5% 3.2%
Englewood 45 31,298 11.4% 3.6%
Carbondale 46 6,464 18.8% 0.0%
Fruita 47 12,702 11.8% 3.6%
La Junta 48 7,040 19.2% 0.0%
Brush 49 5,493 18.7% 1.5%
Manitou Springs 50 5,175 4.7% 21.0%
Lochbuie 51 5,127 23.8% 0.0%
Greeley 52 95,677 16.1% 3.0%
Thornton 53 124,707 12.7% 6.5%
Ca 54 16,410 13.4% 6.7%
Ca 55 16,410 13.4% 6.7%
Ca 56 16,410 13.4% 6.7%
Ca 57 16,410 13.4% 6.7%
Gunnison 58 5,927 11.3% 8.2%
Delta 59 8,801 16.3% 4.1%
Northglenn 60 37,075 13.7% 7.0%
Evans 61 19,535 23.1% 3.3%
Salida 62 5,329 10.4% 15.9%
Aurora 63 339,480 13.5% 8.6%
Wheat Ridge 64 30,655 11.8% 11.2%
Denver 65 633,777 14.4% 7.8%
Avon 66 6,384 13.7% 9.5%
Cortez 67 8,515 11.3% 22.9%
Rifle 68 9,397 18.7% 6.2%
Milliken 69 5,837 18.3% 7.0%
Pueblo 70 107,706 14.5% 10.3%
Brighton 71 35,004 16.5% 8.2%
Lamar 72 7,810 18.7% 7.5%
Sterling 73 14,709 16.2% 10.9%
Federal Heights 74 11,835 30.0% 5.0%
Fort Morgan 75 11,397 25.5% 7.1%
Commerce City 76 48,792 21.8% 10.5%
Sheridan 77 5,819 21.5% 31.3%
Edgewater 78 5,217 19.4% 55.2%
Fort Lupton 79 7,595 27.0% 15.6%