The state of Colorado encompasses some of the nation’s most dramatic scenery, thanks to the Rocky Mountains cutting a trail right through the heart of the state. Colorado isn’t just mountains though; it also includes some popular and vibrant cities such as Denver, and Colorado Springs, which attract thousands of visitors every year. But how are these cities to live in year-round? What are crime and safety levels like in Colorado’s 10 ten largest cities?
Bringing up the rear as the worst rated of Colorado’s biggest cities is Pueblo. Set 43 miles south of Colorado Springs, the city of Pueblo is known for having the cheapest residential housing in the state, but if you want affordable living, consider the fact that the crime index is 112 percent higher than the Colorado average, at 5,832.
Despite being named an All-America City for the first time in 2011, Lakewood doesn’t rank too well on the crime and safety stats. It is the ninth safest city in Colorado with a crime index that is 70 percent above state average – at 4,681. Lakewood is Colorado’s fifth largest city.
Usually the largest city in a state is the one with the worst reputation for crime, but not here in Colorado. Denver is actually the eighth safest city in the state and has a crime index that is 56 percent above the state average at 4,291. Denver is both the largest city, and the capital of Colorado, home to around 634,000 and famed as the Mile High City.
7. Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is known as one of the country’s best places to live, ranking highly for its lifestyle and recreation. It’s the home of one of America’s most famous mountains, Pikes Peak, and is the second largest city in Colorado. The Springs doesn’t rank too badly in terms of crime either – it is the seventh safest large city in Colorado. The crime index is 52 percent above state average, at 4,185.
Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city, home to around 339,000 people. Aurora is a principal city of the Denver Metropolitan Area and its nicknamed “Gateway to the Rockies.” The crime index for Aurora is 24 percent above the Colorado average, at 3,424.
This suburb of Denver is just 10 miles from the state capitol yet it’s a city in its own right, home to around 124,000 people which makes it the sixth largest city in Colorado. Thornton is also ranked the fifth safest city in the state with its crime index of 3420, 24 percent above the state average.
4. Fort Collins
Historic Fort Collins is a beautiful city that combines history with modern living. It’s located about 57 miles north of Denver and is the fourth largest city in the state. In terms of crime and safety, Fort Collins is the fourth safest city in Colorado, out of the state’s largest cities, and has a crime index of 3,203 – 16 percent above state average.
With a population around 109,000, Westminster is the eighth largest city and the third safest place to live in Colorado. Its crime index is just 5 percent above the state average, at 2,823. Westminster is a northwest suburb of Denver and it’s home to Westminster Castle – once known as the Princeton of the West.
Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a popular place for many reasons. It’s frequently ranked among the nation’s top cities for quality of life, and is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. Boulder is the second safest city in Colorado with its crime index of 2,792 – just 1 percent higher than the state average.
The city of Arvada comes out as the safest city in Colorado with a crime index of 2,501 and that’s 8 percent below the state average. Arvada is within the Denver metro area and the historic downtown is a popular attraction. The city is home to around 110,000 residents and the seventh largest city in Colorado.