Three Colorado towns among Money magazine’s top 50 best places to live in U.S.

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Castle Rock ranked fourth in Money magazine's rankings of the best places to live in the U.S. in 2014.

NEW YORK — Three Colorado towns made Money magazine’s annual list of the 50 best places to live in the U.S.

The magazine looked at cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000 and looked at data that examined the local economy, the housing market, schools and health care among more than 50 categories.

McKinney, Texas; Maple Grove, Minn.; and Carmel, Ind., made up the top three before the first Colorado town made the rankings: Castle Rock.

“Castle Rock has come a long way from its quarry-town roots,” the magazine notes. “The city is growing at a rapid clip, with a population that has more than tripled in the past 15 years.”

Centennial was ranked 13th, with the magazine noting: “Just inside Denver’s beltway, Centennial feels removed from the city bustle, with rolling hills, open space, and a trail network that winds through town.”

The third Colorado town to be ranked was Boulder, at No. 23.

“This city nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts from all corners of the country,” the magazine noted. “On a sunny day, you’ll find countless locals riding Boulder’s 300 miles of bikeways, climbing trails at Chautauqua Park or strapping kayaks to car roof racks.

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