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Ten most exciting Colorado communities according to Movoto

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What are the most exciting communities in Colorado? The folks at Movoto have compiled a list that's sure to invite debate among folks living in our fair state. There's a three-way tie for second, with at least one of the trio something of a surprise, and the choice for number one definitely won't be greeted with universal acceptance even though the data compilers say there was a considerable gap between it and the next highest finishers.

Count down the top ten below, complete with photos and excerpts from Movoto text. To check out the original post, click here.

Note: Here's the post's explanation of how the order of finish was determined:

We started with a list of all of the places in Colorado with populations of 20,000 people or more, which turned out to be a total of 26. Then, we used the 2010 U.S. Census, Areavibes, Yelp, and Sperling's Best Places to gather up the relevant data for eight different criteria:

• Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
• Live music venues per capita
• Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
• Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
• Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
• Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
• Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)

From there, we ranked each place from 1 to 26 in each category, with one being the best possible score. Then, we averaged the rankings for each place into one Big Deal Score, with the lowest score being the winner.

Number 10: Lafayette
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Lafayette, is like the older, more mature, and yet still fun sibling to Boulder. Where Boulder is young and pretty much has a bar on every corner of Pearl Street, Lafayette is a little more low key, but still exciting in its own way....
Number 9: Greeley
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Greeley may have been described as the town that is "The Exact Opposite of Hawaii" in a "South Park" episode (that one where Cartman and Kenny are placed in a foster home), but as our analysis shows, Greeley is way more exciting than that....
Continue to keep counting down the ten most exciting Colorado communities according to Movoto.


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27 comments
Desiree Davidson
Desiree Davidson

Being from Englewood it is cool it is on this list. I don't live there anymore though because Denver is way more progressive and fun. Denver is so big and has so many unique areas. Boulder is only fun to visit the hiking is great, but you can live in Denver and hike in Boulder. It is too expensive and not a place I would ever pick to live. There are neighborhoods in Denver that are way better. This poll is unfair because Denver has more people, and ranks lower because it urban sprawl and resturaunt are in pockets. Boulder has to many yuppies and too many yuppie restaurants and shops. This is from a native. Denver beats better any day.

Paul Malczewski
Paul Malczewski

Boulders an armpit. The people have there noses stuck so far up each others asses. There to good. Smh. Not sure how they arived at this ranking but they forgot to factor in the snobs.

David Barton
David Barton

9 of the 10 towns were on the plains of the Front Range. Obviously, one of the factors that didn't make the list was natural scenery, a main reason why many of us moved to this state. For many of people, the mountains- and mountain towns are an exciting enough draw. But next time I'm sitting on a patio in Carbondale, hiking to Hanging Lake, or camping on the Flat Tops, I'll think about how I wish I was in Greeley. Promise.

Danielle Kekoa
Danielle Kekoa

*ALARMING NEWS: Denver "Lead Detective" in the Nate Leon Murder Case wants to silence our free-speech over "concerning" and "alarming" posts on Facebook, yet he refuses to investigate or even watch this 13 min video with a recording from LAST YEAR on March 19, 2013 to METRO-DENVER CRIME STOPPERS about the murder of Nate Leon just hours before Department of Corrections director Tom Clements was assassinated on his front porch. Watch the video Detective Denison refuses to look at here: http://youtu.be/eNqoBSKmzCw

PhatCheddar
PhatCheddar

wow, wheat ridge but not Durango? Is this a real estate advertising gimmick?

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

currently compiling of list of worst list-compiling real estate websites, with both Movoto and RealEstately.com vying for bottom of the barrel

Alden Condict
Alden Condict

Greeley and Fort Collins? ? Apparently the one that wrote this list didn't know how bad Northern Colorado sucks!

Ivan Gomez
Ivan Gomez

No Breck and no Vail???? Wtf!!!! What dumb article Can't bealive the westword pays its writers for this garbage!

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Who paid you to put uppity Lafayette and smelly Greeley on the list. After seeing the poor choices for 9 and 10, I didnt bother to read the rest of the article. Fail.

Christopher de Boer
Christopher de Boer

Most of these are shitty suburbs and number one is only awesome when your a college student...

Justin Hall
Justin Hall

Clearly the author has never been to some of these places. I want my 10 minutes back.

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