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Restaurants

Restaurants

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Denver offers a wide variety of restaurants, ranging in price and atmosphere. Fine dining is available in styles from rustic American at Potager to romantic Italian at Frasca, 5280 Magazine’s number one rated restaurant in the area. There are restaurants available at every price range. If you want cheap, quick food, the most obvious option may be the numerous food trucks scattered through the city. Surprisingly, the trucks alone offer a variety of flavors. Between these two extremes, there are many moderately priced, comfortable restaurants, the Cherry Cricket burger joint being a local favorite. Most are located downtown, but enough are found throughout neighborhoods that a good meal doesn’t have to include much travel no matter which area of the city you are in.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Lafayette is home to the Great Bark Dog Park, a six acre off-leash dog park that has benches, restrooms, a small dog area, logs for dogs to jump over, and a ⅓ mile looped trail for running or walking with your dog. Along with the dog park for off-leash play, all parks allow dogs on-leash and are equipped with dog cleanup areas so that you can pick up after your dog. As of right now there are two large apartment complexes that allow cats, small dogs, and large dogs, but many more options are available if you do not have a large dog or if you expand your search to outside Lafayette.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Lafayette offers numerous open spaces, trails, parks, and other forms of recreation. Similar to many other cities in Colorado, there are a number of wildlife areas and habitat corridors that allow residents to get out and hike, bike, or jog through the mountainous and scenic areas. the city also has five community parks and 14 neighborhood parks. The neighborhood parks are small open areas that often have a playground, BBQ and eating area, and a basketball court. The community parks have a variety of amenities including football fields, basketball courts, baseball fields, and skate parks.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Loveland is paradise for someone who enjoys the great outdoors. There are four popular lakes in Loveland, 28 natural areas, 31 parks, 18 miles of trails, and three golf courses. How’s that for recreation? If it’s not enough for you, the best state parks in Colorado are close by. Roosevelt Forest, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Horsetooth Mountain Park, Estes Park, and the State Forest State Park are all within 60 miles. Who knows, with all the outdoor opportunities here, maybe if you live here your kids will become the next great olympians from the area.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Loveland is within close proximity of hot spots for a businessman’s career, a nature lover’s excursions, or a swimmer’s getaway. If you’re looking for a job in a nearby city, Fort Collins is 13 miles away, Greeley is 20 miles, Boulder is 30 miles, and if you don’t mind a longer drive, Denver is 50 miles away. And, of course, you can find great career opportunities locally in Loveland. To see some of Colorado’s famous nature, the Horsetooth Mountain Park is 14 miles away and Lory State Park and Rabbit Mountain are 20 miles. Some of the most incredible stretches of nature in the state, the Roosevelt National Forest (30 miles), Rocky Mountain National Park (40 miles) and the State Forest State Park (60 miles) are a bit further away, but provide great camping, hiking, or skiing opportunities. If you’re a swimmer, or just someone who likes to relax on the weekend, Lake Loveland, Boedecker Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Boyd Lake are all located in Loveland.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Fort Collins’ rental market is stocked with apartments that are just waiting for prospective renters like you to move on in. Even though apartments are a little expensive on average, there are a variety of them so you can surely find a rental or two that is within your budget and has the amenities you need. But even if you do have to pay a bit extra, Fort Collins is worth it: CNN Money magazine named it the “Best Place to Live in the U.S.” on its list in 2006, then #2 in 2008, and #6 in 2010. It’s a great place to live, especially if you’re a renter!

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Many people consider Fort Collins to be a college town (or city, in this case), because it’s the home of Colorado State University. The school has an enrollment of around 25,000 a year, which is almost a fifth of the city’s population. The college population definitely has a presence in Fort Collins, and they inject life and culture into the city. If you have children, the Poudre School District runs 32 public schools in the city. One of them is the acclaimed state-of-the-art facility of Fossil Ridge High School

 
Weather

Weather

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Parker isn’t too different from the rest of Colorado in terms of climate, which consists of snowy, cold winters and hot summers. Colorado is known nationwide for its snowfall (an average of 67 inches a year), but that’s why we have the best ski resorts! A lot of people can’t deal with the cold temperatures though. The average lows in the winter are in the mid-teens/low 20s. But the summers make up for it: the average highs during those months are in the high 80s.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Parker has a great location because of its proximity to two big cities: Denver and Aurora. Obviously Denver is bigger, but a lot of Parker residents work in Aurora and commute there every day. The drive is about a half hour to both cities, maybe more or less depending on which areas you need to go to, what the traffic is like, and how the weather is. The majority of people drive to commute to work, although a surprisingly large percentage of people work at home (10%).

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The distance from Colorado Springs isn’t exactly ideal for Fountain residents (at 15 miles it’s a bit further than the average suburb), but the accessibility makes up for it. People who live in Fountain can easily hop on Interstate 25, which is locally known as the Ronald Reagan Highway.
The drive is about 20 minutes, but can be around 30-35 minutes with traffic. You can see this in the city’s average commute time, which is 29 minutes. Mostly everyone here drives to work [93% of people] and hardly anyone takes public transportation [0.3%].

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Colorado offers some of the best recreation in the country to people who live there. Fountain is around 15 miles away from the Pike National Forest, five miles away from Pike’s Peak, an hour away from San Isabel National Forest, and of course, there are tons of great places to ski closeby (and the world famous Aspen slopes are just a few hours away). People in Fountain take exercise and being close to nature seriously, so there are local opportunities as well. The city maintains around a hundred acres of park space, and offers public access to eight trails around the city.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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It doesn’t matter if you want to go somewhere expensive (Penrose Room), somewhere cheap (King’s Chef Diner), somewhere with steak (Walter’s Bistro or The Famous), or someplace with sushi (Sushi Rakkyo or Sushi Ring). In Colorado Springs there is a restaurant for everyone. The city also has a number of great bars, like Brewer’s Republic or the authentic Jack Quinn Irish Ale House & Pub. During a night on the town, you will never be hungry or thirsty here.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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There are more properties on the Colorado Springs market that are for rent than for sale. 62.6% of the housing market is for rent properties, and only 23% are for sale. And there are plenty of great reasons to live here: Money Magazine named it the number one best big city in its annual list of Best Places to Live in the U.S. a few years ago. And, in 2009, Outside named it #1 on its America’s Best Cities list. And, even though most people think of Denver, Colorado Springs is Colorado’s largest city (area wise).

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Public schools in the city are run by Denver Public Schools, which enrolls nearly 75,000 students in over 100 schools. There are also around 75 private schools in Denver, providing an alternative option for your child’s education. For post-secondary education, the University of Denver, Johnson & Wales University, and the University of Colorado--Denver are three great institutions located in the metropolitan area.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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When you compare Denver to other big U.S. cities, you’ll see that it has a low crime rate and safer communities than most large metropolitan areas. Just a few years ago, in 2009, Denver made Forbes’ list of the ten safest places to live in the U.S. Of course, there are neighborhoods in the city that have more crime and aren’t as safe, but any real estate agent would be able to help you choose the right neighborhood. Safe communities to look into are Park Hill, Washington Park, and Cherry Hill.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Driving is the go-to means of transportation when commuting to work in Denver for 80% of people in the city. In comparison, only 8% of residents take public transportation to work. Because so many people drive, there are six interstates and two state routes accessible to the city. If you don’t have a vehicle, there are certainly public transportation options available, and most roads have bike lanes. Denver is actually very bicycle friendly, as there are 850 miles of bike paths in the city. The average commuting time here is around 27 minutes one way.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Denver is arguably America’s best city for outdoor enthusiasts. Because it’s located at the foothills of the Rockies, there are so many ways to experience nature both inside the city and outside. There are 200 parks and 29 recreational centers in the city, and outside, the Denver Mountain Parks system holds more than 14,000 acres in the mountains and foothills surrounding the city. These areas are ideal for biking, hiking, jogging, camping, skiing, or just enjoying nature on a sunny day. There are also several popular sports franchises in Denver, like the Rockies (MLB), Broncos (NFL), and Nuggets (NBA).

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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According to AreaVibes, Arvada is much safer than the average city in Colorado or the Nation. The violent crime rate in Arvada is 52% less than the average rate in Colorado and 60% less than the national average. The violent crime rate is extremely low with only a little over one violent crime per 1000 residents. The property crime rate in Arvada is not as low, but is still lower than the state and national rates Overall, Arvada’s crime rate is 14% less than Colorado average and 17% less than national average.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Arvada is dedicated to helping as many families as possible through Section 8 housing. Currently, the city is allowed to subsidize 508 families through section 8 housing, but is able to pull funds from the Arvada Housing Authority and other housing programs when they become available. People that want to apply for section 8 housing in Arvada can do so on Arvada’s website. Applicants are put onto the city’s waitlist and are pulled off the waitlist as families go off of the program or more funds become available to expand the section 8 housing program.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Wheat Ridge is served by the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) bus services with a number of stops throughout the city. The ride from West Ridge to Denver takes around 40 minutes for the seven mile ride. The RTD also connects residents of Wheat Ridge to Aurora, Lakewood, Westminster, and Arvada. In addition, Wheat Ridge offers transportation for elderly residents through the Senior Resource Center.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Wheat Ridge offers seven neighborhood parks, seven small parks, two community parks, a sports complex, and one natural area. The Anderson Building and outdoor pool offers classes and programs for children and adults and has a basketball court and activity room for city sports and other programs. There are also three lakes--West, Tabor, and Prospect--that are all stocked by the city and open to fishing. None of the lakes allow powered watercrafts, but small rowboats, canoes, and kayaks are allowed. The city also has a skate park, a number of tennis courts, and an off-leash dog park.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Although a large proportion of residents live and work in Lakewood, the city is only eight miles from Denver, making for an easy commute. for commuters within Lakewood, or working just outside of Lakewood, the average commute is 10-20 minutes. For residents commuting to Denver, the drive takes about 30 minutes with traffic. By public transportation, which is accessible via the Regional Transportation District’s bus services, the commute takes about one hour. Lakewood also offers Lakewood Rides, a door-to-door service for the elderly and disabled, which gives eligible residents rides for a small fee.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Lakewood is served by the Jefferson County School District, with students attending 20 elementary, eight middle, and two high schools. Lakewood has many distinguished schools and offers a wide array of opportunities for its students. According to GreatSchools, almost all of the elementary schools in Lakewood have received ratings of five or higher, with the majority of these schools ranking seven or higher. Also, the average rating for middle schools in Lakewood was an eight. Lakewood High School was ranked the 108th best school in 2008 by Newsweek, making it the highest ranked high school in Colorado. Lakewood is also home to the Miller Special Education School for children with special needs from preschool to 12th grade.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Overall, rental prices in Englewood are very reasonable for all types of apartments. The average price for a studio apartment is only $522 and $686 for a one bedroom apartment. When comparing average rent on two bedroom apartments with seven surrounding cities, the average rent of $947 is less than the surrounding average of $1011. For a larger, three bedroom apartment, the average rental price is $1226. Considering Englewood’s proximity to Denver, Aurora, and other major suburbs of Denver, these low rent prices make Englewood a great place to rent.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Englewood is served by its own small school district that consists of seven elementary, three middle, and two high schools. According to GreatSchools, the strongest schools in the district are the elementary schools, with three receiving a rating of 10. However, the remaining four schools received ratings of four or below. The middle schools in the district--Englewood Leadership Academy, Englewood Middle School, and Sheridan Middle School--received ratings of nine, three, and one, respectively. Englewood High School and Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School received scores of three and two, respectively, but have both received a number of state awards and accreditations.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Only three miles from West Adams and ten from Denver, the commute from Westminster is usually easy and quick. Also, six state highways pass through or near Westminster, allowing for various routes to work should there be an accident or unusually heavy traffic. The commute to West Adams only takes about 10 minutes and does not vary much, as no highways need to be taken and traffic is usually light. The commute to Denver takes a little over 30 minutes with traffic for the ten mile commute. If you use the Regional Transportation District bus service the commute to Denver takes about an hour.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Compared to surrounding cities, rental prices in Westminster are around average. The average rent for a studio apartment is very reasonable at $437 a month and $713 for a one bedroom apartment. When looking at the average rent for a two bedroom apartment compared to seven other nearby cities, the average rent in Westminster of $1067 is slightly above the average of $1008. However, Westminster is a larger city and only eight miles from Denver and three from West Adams, possibly making the higher rent worth your money.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Although Aurora offers the Grandview Dog Park and appears to be very pet friendly, there are many regulations that must be followed when owning a pet. American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are all banned from Aurora and owners of these dogs are subject to fines, impoundment of their animal, and a court appearance. There is also a limit on the number of pets allowed, depending on the species: three adult dogs, five adult cats, three ferrets, and two rabbits and livestock may only be kept in designated town zones.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Aurora offers a wide array of facilities for public use, making for a lively public scene year-round. The city has seven public golf courses that range from beginner to advanced level and offer lessons. Aurora Reservoir and Quincy Reservoir offer a place for residents to fish and used non-motorized watercraft. Each of the reservoirs hosts a number of fishing tournaments and other fishing events. The Grandview Dog Park is a five acre dog park equipped with drinking water station and a separate small dog area. Aurora also offers an extensive trail system with trails for walkers, runners, dogs, cyclists, and horses. The Fox Theatre is a local theatre that puts on a number of shows each year and a number of other classes in the arts are open to residents as well. For nightlife, there are a number of local bars, pubs, and tasting rooms in Aurora. From relaxing drinks by a fireplace, to jazz clubs, to sports bars, Aurora has a unique nightlife that encompass a number of culturally diverse experiences.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Littleton offers a variety of restaurants, many of which are located in the historic downtown area and easily accessible by public transportation. According to UrbanSpoon, the best restaurant in town is Wild Ginger, an Asian and Thai restaurant that is known for their affordable prices and excellent food. Virgilio's Pizzeria Napoletana (Italian) ranked second with their affordable prices and welcoming dining experience. Other well-known restaurants include Melting Pot, Bonefish Grill, JaJa Bistro, and Cafe Terracotta.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The commute from Little to Denver does not utilize an highways, making the commute quick and not very susceptible to traffic. The ten mile drive takes about 20 minutes with light traffic, a much faster time than surrounding cities that use highways to access the city. Also, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides light rail services that make for an easy commute, bus services that provide connections throughout the Denver area, and call-n-ride services for the elderly and disabled. The trip from Littleton to Denver via bus service takes about 40 minutes, including stops.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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In comparison to surrounding cities, apartments in Thornton are affordable and below average. The average rent for a two bedroom apartment for seven nearby cities is a little over $1000, whereas the average rent in Thornton for a two bedroom apartment is only $900. Also, the average rent for a one bedroom apartment of $700 and a three bedroom apartment average rent of $1430 are both very reasonable for the area.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Thornton offers section 8 housing based on a lottery system that includes Thornton and the surrounding cities. Any person is allowed to submit themselves into the lottery and if they are drawn then must go through eligibility tests. The lottery runs for one year with drawings occurring whenever section 8 housing opens up. The lottery runs for one year, then applicants must enter the lottery again for the following year if they are still interested. Further details can be found on the Thornton City website.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Public Transportation in Commerce City is easily accessible and offers a number of different services. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides light rail services that make for an easy commute, bus services that provide connections throughout the Denver area, and call-n-ride services for the elderly and disabled. The RTD also provides bus services to the Centennial Airport and the Denver International Airport. For those commuting to Denver or Aurora via car, the 14 mile trips takes about 40 minutes with traffic, but only about 20 minutes without traffic.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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According to CQ Press, Centennial is the safest city in Colorado with a population greater than 75,000 and the 15th safest city in the nation. The City of Centennial is dedicated to keeping their city safe and have a number of neighborhood watch programs and offer a number of services and information about crime on their website. According to CityRating, the crime rate over the past seven years has been steadily declining, with the current violent crime rating over 65% lower than the national violent crime rate.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Due to the industrialization of Commerce City, traffic within the city in the morning and afternoon can be very heavy. However, about a quarter of Commerce City residents work in the city, making the commute to work very short and fairly quick. For those that commute to other cities such as Thornton or West Adams, the five mile drive only takes about 20 minutes. Many residents also utilize the Regional Transportation District bus services, providing residents with local bus routes and routes to Denver, Boulder, and other nearby cities.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Commerce City is a fairly safe city with average crime rates near the Colorado and National averages. According to areavibes, the violent crime rate for Commerce City is 3% less than the Colorado average and 19% less than the national average. Overall, Commerce City average crime rate is 1% greater than Colorado and 2% less than the national average. Given the relative size and inhabitants of the city, Commerce City is a safe place to live.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Highlands Ranch ranked 12 on CNNMoney’s 2010 “Best Places to Live” list, partly due to their extensive recreation opportunities. The city offers 22 park that offer a variety of activities, fields, and nature activities. Many of the parks have streams that run through them, giving children a great place to play and cool off during the summer heat. There are also a number of trails for walkers and runners that range from beginner to advanced level trails. The town also has an extensive recreation program that offers a number of town sports and activities and recreation scholarships for those in need. Highlands Ranch is also extremely pet friendly with four off leash dog parks and allowing owners to bring their dogs on leash to any of the city’s parks.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Highlands Ranch is served by the Douglas County School District, which includes 16 elementary, five middle, and four elementary schools. According to GreatSchools, the school district is very strong, with almost all schools receiving scores between eight and ten. Mountain Vista High School has one of the highest ranking academic programs in Colorado and is also known for their excellent athletics and arts programs. Rock Canyon High School has also been recognized by the state of Colorado as having an “excellent” academic program, while ThunderRidge High School is known for their extensive student support and extracurriculars programs. Highlands Ranch also has a number of private Christian Schools including Highlands Ranch Christian School (PK-8), Jim elliot Christian School (6-12), Cherry Hills Christian (PK-8), and Valor Christian High School.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Bloomfield is connected to the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) bus and rail services. The Bloomfield park-n-Ride is easily accessible to anywhere in the city and once there residents can access nearly any place in the Denver area by the public system. The RTD offers a transportation service, skyRide, which stops in Bloomfield and connects residents to Denver International Airport. The RTD also has a number of services in order to help the elderly and disabled and for residents to access the Rockies and Broncos sporting events.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Broomfield offers a unique recreation experience, offering a number of facilities and city run activities. The city has an aquatics center, featuring a number of pools and a small park, a gym, a number of athletics, a climbing wall, and a variety of nature programs. Athletics includes children and adult sports teams and a number of public facilities that are available for community use. The nature programs include programs for children of all ages and for families. The programs aim to educate the people of Broomfield through hands-on experience.

 

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