Three Colorado cities earned spots on WalletHub’s annual “Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family” study. This study looked at 150 of the most populated cities in the nation. Five categories were used to determine rankings:
Family Fun – playgrounds, parks and recreation, percentage of families with children and commuting times
Health & Safety – water & air quality, medical facilities available, infant mortality rates and crime rates
Education and Child Care – graduation rates, school districts, child care quality, family leave policies
Affordability – cost of living & housing expenses
Socioeconomic environment – divorce rates, families living at or below the poverty line, unemployment rates
Denver came in at #62. Scoring high for family fun and education, Denver’s scores were middle of the road for health & safety and affordability.
Denver’s neighbor to the south, Colorado Springs also made the list, coming in at #30. The city also scored relatively high for education and childcare and affordability and socioeconomic environment.
Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Aurora landed 131 overall, with average rankings for family fun, health & safety and affordability. However, Aurora did receive high scores for education & child care coming and socioeconomic environment.
For more information, click here for the complete study by Wallethub.