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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Colorado after looking at the best places in Colorado a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Colorado, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Centennial State are:

  1. Alamosa
  2. Grand Junction
  3. Pueblo
  4. Trinidad
  5. Clifton
  6. Fort Carson
  7. Stratmoor
  8. La Junta
  9. Orchard Mesa
  10. Colorado Springs

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Centennial State

After getting the data for every place in Colorado, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Colorado To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Alamosa

Alamosa, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,097Recent Job Growth: 0.12%
Future Job Growth: 33.00%

2. Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,867Recent Job Growth: -0.55%
Future Job Growth: 31.00%

3. Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,944Recent Job Growth: 1.55%
Future Job Growth: 33.90%

4. Trinidad

Trinidad, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,032Recent Job Growth: 1.02%
Future Job Growth: 34.30%

5. Clifton


Population: 21,270 Recent Job Growth: -0.55%
Future Job Growth: 32.00%

6. Fort Carson


Population: 14,066 Recent Job Growth: 0.88%
Future Job Growth: 34.80%

7. Stratmoor


Population: 7,525 Recent Job Growth: 0.88%
Future Job Growth: 34.80%

8. La Junta

La Junta, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,060Recent Job Growth: 2.26%
Future Job Growth: 36.80%

9. Orchard Mesa


Population: 6,901 Recent Job Growth: -0.55%
Future Job Growth: 32.00%

10. Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 417,534Recent Job Growth: 0.88%
Future Job Growth: 34.80%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Alamosa took the “top” spot as the worst city in Colorado for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Colorado, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Colorado To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
alamosa 1 9,097 0.12% 33.00%
grand junction 2 58,867 -0.55% 31.00%
pueblo 3 106,944 1.55% 33.90%
trinidad 4 9,032 1.02% 34.30%
clifton 5 21,270 -0.55% 32.00%
fort carson 6 14,066 0.88% 34.80%
stratmoor 7 7,525 0.88% 34.80%
la junta 8 7,060 2.26% 36.80%
orchard mesa 9 6,901 -0.55% 32.00%
colorado springs 10 417,534 0.88% 34.80%
fruitvale 11 8,173 -0.55% 32.00%
cimarron hills 12 15,771 0.88% 34.80%
lamar 13 7,867 -2.43% 30.40%
fruita 14 12,444 -0.55% 32.00%
fountain 15 25,602 0.88% 34.80%
security-widefield 16 32,124 0.88% 34.80%
montrose 17 18,940 2.93% 38.00%
redlands 18 7,811 -0.55% 32.00%
delta 19 8,845 1.70% 36.60%
cortez 20 8,453 2.62% 38.40%
pueblo west 21 29,500 1.55% 34.90%
brush 22 5,478 0.05% 35.10%
sterling 23 14,642 -0.10% 35.10%
fort morgan 24 11,349 0.05% 35.10%
craig 25 9,301 2.72% 39.20%
wheat ridge 26 30,366 2.96% 39.20%
commerce city 27 45,537 2.96% 38.70%
federal heights 28 11,598 2.96% 39.90%
air force academy 29 6,816 0.88% 34.80%
berkley 30 12,021 2.96% 39.90%
woodland park 31 7,147 0.89% 35.70%
sherrelwood 32 18,775 2.96% 39.90%
black forest 33 13,607 0.88% 34.80%
northglenn 34 35,958 2.95% 39.80%
aurora 35 326,249 2.96% 39.80%
welby 36 15,389 2.96% 39.90%
derby 37 7,481 2.96% 39.90%
monument 38 5,403 0.88% 34.80%
englewood 39 30,565 2.95% 40.10%
gleneagle 40 6,881 0.88% 34.80%
woodmoor 41 8,641 0.88% 34.80%
twin lakes adams 42 6,354 2.96% 39.90%
denver 43 604,356 2.96% 40.10%
sheridan 44 5,708 2.96% 40.40%
greeley 45 93,082 3.26% 40.40%
lakewood 46 143,496 2.96% 40.40%
brighton 47 33,219 2.96% 40.00%
thornton 48 118,747 2.96% 40.40%
evans 49 18,513 3.26% 41.00%
longmont 50 86,355 2.94% 41.10%
westminster 51 106,750 2.96% 40.70%
centennial 52 101,339 2.96% 40.40%
arvada 53 106,965 2.96% 40.80%
fort lupton 54 7,478 3.26% 41.00%
golden 55 18,775 2.96% 40.90%
cherry creek 56 11,372 2.96% 40.40%
greenwood village 57 13,932 2.96% 40.40%
broomfield 58 55,913 2.96% 40.90%
gunnison 59 5,892 3.85% 42.60%
dakota ridge 60 32,395 2.96% 40.90%
littleton 61 42,414 2.96% 41.10%
windsor 62 18,640 3.26% 41.00%
glenwood springs 63 9,620 4.09% 42.50%
columbine 64 24,178 2.96% 40.90%
cherry hills village 65 6,043 2.96% 40.40%
rifle 66 9,163 4.09% 42.50%
ken caryl 67 33,987 2.96% 40.90%
boulder 68 99,177 2.94% 41.80%
johnstown 69 9,748 3.26% 41.00%
applewood 70 7,130 2.96% 40.90%
lafayette 71 24,753 2.94% 41.70%
milliken 72 5,553 3.26% 41.00%
frederick 73 8,626 3.26% 41.00%
firestone 74 10,067 3.26% 41.00%
evergreen 75 8,942 2.96% 40.90%
carbondale 76 6,428 4.09% 42.50%
fairmount 77 7,805 2.96% 40.90%
loveland 78 67,316 3.34% 41.80%
gunbarrel 79 9,303 2.94% 41.70%
avon 80 6,383 4.71% 44.80%
louisville 81 18,616 2.94% 41.70%
castle rock 82 48,321 2.96% 41.40%
erie 83 17,946 2.94% 41.70%
fort collins 84 144,329 3.35% 42.40%
superior 85 12,407 2.94% 41.70%
parker 86 45,195 2.96% 41.50%
durango 87 16,936 5.16% 45.90%
estes park 88 5,901 3.34% 42.30%
highlands ranch 89 98,977 2.96% 41.50%
lone tree 90 10,941 2.96% 41.50%
wellington 91 6,186 3.34% 42.30%
the pinery 92 11,099 2.96% 41.50%
edwards 93 9,570 4.71% 44.80%
steamboat springs 94 12,036 8.23% 52.00%
roxborough park 95 9,034 2.96% 41.50%
castle pines 96 10,210 2.96% 41.50%
stonegate 97 9,332 2.96% 41.50%
eagle 98 6,364 4.71% 44.80%
aspen 99 6,607 6.11% 47.70%
gypsum 100 6,396 4.71% 44.80%

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