Louisville 1 of 3 Colorado towns among top 50 in America

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Louisville's idyllic small-town feel is one reason "Money" called it one of America's top 50 small towns. (Photo: City of Louisville)

Louisville's idyllic small-town feel is one reason "Money" called it one of America's top 50 small towns. (Photo: City of Louisville)

According to “Money” magazine, the 50 towns including in their list of “America’s top 50 small towns” are not only thriving economically, they’re also in possession of all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community.

And three Colorado towns just happen to fall on that list. Louisville, which has twice topped the list, comes in at No. 2, Parker is listed at No. 12 and Firestone is the final included town at No. 24.

Here is what “Money” had to say about all three Colorado towns:

A two-time no.1, Louisville comes in strong yet again. It’s a great place to raise a family, with well-regarded schools and a safe community.

Louisville’s housing market has been on the rise since 2008, and its place in the technology-rich Denver-Boulder corridor has kept the job outlook solid, despite recent setbacks like Phillips 66 pulling the plug on a much-anticipated renewable-energy campus.

Locals say the work-life balance in Louisville is hard to beat. Come summer, residents can look forward to weekly events featuring food trucks from local restaurants, beer gardens, live music and much more. Then there’s the Colorado sunshine, 1,800 acres of open space, and, of course, the Rocky Mountains, just a 20-minute drive away.

Parker, established in 1981, may be young, but it already has more to offer than many older towns. Local favorites include the performing-arts center, which has a 500-seat theater and an outdoor amphitheater, and the H2O’Brien Pool water park.

The housing crash hit Parker hard, but the town’s proximity to Denver (30 minutes) has helped the market rally; new construction is up, and entry-level homes priced at under $300,000 are selling quickly.

A Rocky Mountain hamlet that’s experienced a massive population boost (up 432% from 2000 to 2010) thanks to low taxes and new housing developments, Firestone’s real estate market continues to grow.

Still, the town has maintained its open spaces and offers plenty of outdoor recreation, including St. Vrain’s State Park, where visitors can camp, fish, and hike. Firestone does have some shops and restaurants but lacks an extensive downtown. Fortunately, Boulder is about 30 minutes away.

Click here for the full “Money” list of American’s top 50 small towns

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