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Photos: The ten most livable U.S. cities -- and where Boulder ranks

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Big photos below.
If Boulder was a person rather than a place, he or she would be getting a swelled head about now.

Livability.com has just put together its list of the most livable U.S. cities, and Boulder is near the top.

What a shock!

How close? Count down the top ten below, complete with photos, plus text and a data breakdown from Livability.com.

Note: For more details about the numbers below, click here.

Number 10:

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Rockville, Maryland
The band R.E.M. sang, "Don't go back to Rockville," but the smart residents never left this Best Place to Live in the first place. The surrounding public sector jobs keep the economy on an even keel and attracts high-skilled, highly paid residents who enjoy the small-town life while often working in nearby Silver Spring, Baltimore and Washington D.C.

LivScore: 631
Economics: 68
Healthcare: 39
Housing: 64
Social and Civic Capital: 76
Education: 62
Amenities: 71
Demographics: 66
Infrastructure: 63

Number 9:
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Reno, Nevada
The dry heat in Reno isn't as hot as other parts of the state, and the Sierra Nevada mountains are just waiting to be climbed. Quick commutes, natural amenities, culture and casinos make Reno a great place to live. The affordable and plentiful hotels can accommodate visitors who want to visit this great city.

LivScore: 631
Economics: 53
Healthcare: 83
Housing: 45
Social and Civic Capital: 51
Education: 70
Amenities: 90
Demographics: 66
Infrastructure: 48

Continue to keep counting down the ten most livable U.S. cities, including Boulder.


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32 comments
Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

How do you walk your dog in -9 degree weather? I'm being serious. I believe at that temperature, death would come within minutes to an unprotected animal. I've lived in Florida the majority of my life and planning to move to Denver.

Steven Lord
Steven Lord

#2? There has to be more cities better than boulder.

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

Peabody, Massachusetts..speaking as a former resident, I consider Peabody my 2nd home

endpoverty101
endpoverty101

I canot even afford to move to Boulder from the Springs. The taxes would be similar wouldn't they? I am from a state that has 5% state taxes. You do not need to be homeless to be in need of stuff. We must create a society of compassThe Us poverty rate only counts the cost of food NON of the other basics are included in the deliberately FLAWED Account. Many countries do the same-They have deflated or bogus poverty levels.ion rather than take care of ourselves alone. And blame those with less for the pain of those with more but not enough to pay the modest bills, as electric and rent, and repairs. If repairs send you into a two-four month finacial tezzy YOU ARE OF FULL AND REAL POVERTY. 

McShyster
McShyster

Where the Hip meet to Trip ...

Michael Sabin
Michael Sabin

I couldn't stand Boulder, the Traffic, Crime and elitist attitude.....But Rollinsville, Ned or Ward......There you have it...

Lisa Oliver
Lisa Oliver

Denver is great! I would say it's pretty liberal with the weed laws and the marriage equality laws! Traffic is crazy during rush hour but where is it not bad? Moved to CO from MN about a year ago and couldn't be happier!

Tom Edwards
Tom Edwards

High housing prices, bad traffic problems and drunk students everywhere make Boulder "the city that could have been".

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

Berkeley? Boulder? Palo Alto? Apparently affordability isn't included in their metrics...

Merréll Barry O'Brian
Merréll Barry O'Brian

I'm hoping a few folks with share with me their take on Denver and it's surrounding area, as far as "socially liberal" is concerned. I'm an advocate for marriage equality and currently live in North Florida, THE redneck section of the state. I'm strongly considering a move to the Denver area but have never enjoyed living inside the city limits. I've heard Colorado Springs is ultra conservative. What's Colorado, surrounding Denver like?

Priya Butani Nye
Priya Butani Nye

Sure, if you have lots and lots of money, to live in any of these!!!!!

McShyster
McShyster

@Michael Sabin "elitist attitude"

LOL!

That's what all the little people say.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Lisa Oliver Glad you're enjoying it, Lisa. Welcome to Denver and thanks for posting.

McShyster
McShyster

@Tom Edwards 

Sour Grapes Translation: you can't afford to live there.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Tom Edwards You make some good points, Tom. Thanks.

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