These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Colorado


We used science and data to determine which places in Colorado are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Colorado?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Colorado – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Colorado cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Centennial State:

  1. Sheridan (Photos)
  2. Edgewater (Photos)
  3. Federal Heights (Photos)
  4. Sherrelwood
  5. Glendale
  6. Aurora (Photos)
  7. Derby
  8. Welby
  9. Berkley
  10. Gunnison (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Cherry Hills Village is the happiest place in Colorado.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Colorado

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Colorado, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Colorado with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 118 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Colorado’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,819
People Who Own Their Home: 49.42%
Married Adults: 37.38%

2. Edgewater

Edgewater, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,217
People Who Own Their Home: 33.32%
Married Adults: 29.35%

3. Federal Heights

Federal Heights, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,835
People Who Own Their Home: 45.76%
Married Adults: 47.57%

4. Sherrelwood

Sherrelwood, Colorado

Source: Google Maps

Population: 19,275
People Who Own Their Home: 55.69%
Married Adults: 44.8%

5. Glendale

Glendale, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,564
People Who Own Their Home: 4.96%
Married Adults: 18.46%

6. Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 339,480
People Who Own Their Home: 54.02%
Married Adults: 46.58%

7. Derby

Derby, Colorado

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,638
People Who Own Their Home: 60.25%
Married Adults: 44.68%

8. Welby

Welby, Colorado

Source: Google Maps

Population: 16,273
People Who Own Their Home: 59.9%
Married Adults: 44.76%

9. Berkley

Berkley, Colorado

Source: Google Maps

Population: 11,706
People Who Own Their Home: 55.97%
Married Adults: 37.55%

10. Gunnison

Gunnison, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,927
People Who Own Their Home: 33.47%
Married Adults: 26.86%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Colorado

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Sheridan 1 49.42%
Edgewater 2 33.32%
Federal Heights 3 45.76%
Sherrelwood 4 55.69%
Glendale 5 4.96%
Aurora 6 54.02%
Derby 7 60.25%
Welby 8 59.9%
Berkley 9 55.97%
Gunnison 10 33.47%
Sterling 11 52.67%
Stratmoor 12 52.96%
Cortez 13 50.63%
Englewood 14 45.72%
Rifle 15 51.3%
Carbondale 16 58.11%
Clifton 17 62.51%
Pueblo 18 51.73%
Denver 19 46.4%
Alamosa 20 42.59%
Northglenn 21 56.39%
Greeley 22 52.44%
La Junta 23 44.28%
Delta 24 51.29%
Lakewood 25 55.37%
Florence 26 58.35%
Wheat Ridge 27 50.62%
Trinidad 28 52.74%
Boulder 29 45.49%
Lamar 30 52.26%
Glenwood Springs 31 51.13%
Montrose 32 58.54%
New Castle 33 66.02%
Durango 34 42.79%
Avon 35 23.49%
Fort Collins 36 52.38%
Grand Junction 37 55.98%
Fort Lupton 38 60.96%
Evans 39 56.78%
Westminster 40 59.79%
Golden 41 54.25%
Aspen 42 32.8%
Frisco 43 20.7%
Steamboat Springs 44 33.9%
Colorado Springs 45 55.05%
Longmont 46 59.69%
Platteville 47 66.13%
Vail 48 18.45%
Dove Valley 49 45.12%
Commerce City 50 67.08%
Brighton 51 65.28%
Manitou Springs 52 49.21%
Thornton 53 65.38%
Hudson 54 63.12%
Holyoke 55 57.25%
Air Force Academy 56 0.0%
Fort Carson 57 0.38%
Littleton 58 58.04%
Orchard Mesa 59 81.5%
Craig 60 54.89%
Cimarron Hills 61 62.27%
Edwards 62 40.02%
Lincoln Park 63 62.89%
Salida 64 63.17%
Woodland Park 65 70.69%
Fort Morgan 66 56.38%
Loveland 67 60.34%
Applewood 68 67.79%
Strasburg 69 81.27%
Lafayette 70 70.55%
Fruitvale 71 82.74%
Fruita 72 68.85%
Berthoud 73 80.66%
Meridian 74 23.18%
Pueblo West 75 76.34%
Burlington 76 56.35%
Arvada 77 71.24%
Fountain 78 59.69%
Security-Widefield 79 77.36%
Yuma 80 56.69%
Evergreen 81 76.78%
Lyons 82 68.32%
Milliken 83 79.25%
Estes Park 84 50.77%
Lone Tree 85 57.63%
Firestone 86 83.24%
Castle Rock 87 72.98%
Ken Caryl 88 80.44%
Cherry Creek 89 64.65%
Frederick 90 87.92%
Gypsum 91 71.27%
Black Forest 92 91.15%
Columbine 93 86.25%
Gunbarrel 94 65.55%
Centennial 95 80.62%
Mead 96 88.96%
Dakota Ridge 97 80.01%
Buena Vista 98 59.97%
Redlands 99 85.43%
Eagle 100 68.07%
Wellington 101 79.86%
Parker 102 76.42%
Gleneagle 103 80.38%
Roxborough Park 104 90.59%
Fairmount 105 84.81%
Woodmoor 106 85.68%
Louisville 107 70.59%
Windsor 108 77.03%
Superior 109 64.4%
Stonegate 110 89.78%
Greenwood Village 111 63.87%
Highlands Ranch 112 78.68%
Castle Pines 113 80.71%
The Pinery 114 93.25%
Eaton 115 77.57%
Monument 116 81.08%
Erie 117 84.45%
Cherry Hills Village 118 89.91%

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