These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Colorado For 2017


We used science to determine which cities in Colorado are the real pits.

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People who live in Colorado are weirdly protective of their state. It’s almost like they warn you: Don’t you dare say anything bad about Colorado, especially if you don’t live here.

Well I am about to, and I don’t. So deal with it.

To be fair, I’ve been to Colorado many times, and it is a beautiful place. I’ve boarded there, and I’ve camped out in the mountains and in the deserts. Many of my friends spent time there, and many still make Colorado home. I hear nothing but great things.

But is it all good there? Of course not. Just like any other state, Colorado has some issues. And the purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which places in Colorado are the absolute worst. If you live in any of these places, you might agree with this analysis. And if you don’t agree, you have to admit that the criteria we’re using makes a lot of sense.

After analyzing all 71 cities with a population over 5,200, we came up with this list as the 10 worst places in Colorado:

  1. Sheridan (Photos)
  2. Rifle (Photos)
  3. Pueblo (Photos)
  4. Sterling (Photos)
  5. Federal Heights (Photos)
  6. Delta (Photos)
  7. Edgewater (Photos)
  8. Trinidad (Photos)
  9. Alamosa (Photos)
  10. Aurora (Photos)

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case. We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2017.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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How we determined the worst places to live in Colorado for 2017

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,200 people were considered — leaving 71 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 71 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Colorado — Sheridan. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Colorado.

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This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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1. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,912
Home Values: $139,600 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.9% (1st worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, the city of Sheridan is the worst place you can live in the state of Colorado. Let’s see why.

Crime and no jobs. How does that sum it up? When you look at the numbers, you can see why Sheridan might be a bad place to live. Would you believe Sheridan has the 2nd highest crime rate in Colorado? It does. You have a 1 in 13.0 chance of being robbed when you’re within Sheridan city limits each year.

Plus, Sheridan has the 1st highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.9%.

And the home prices ($139,600) are the 9th cheapest in the state. Say what you want about ‘cheap living,’ the fact is, homes are priced on demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Sheridan.

2. Rifle

Rifle, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,451
Home Values: $195,600 (23rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (12th worst)
If you’re looking to live in Colorado, Rifle might not be the best choice as it places 2nd in our ranking of the worst places to live in the Centennial State for 2015.

The average family earns $54,175 a year out here, and 10.8% of the population is below the poverty line. Nearly 10.5% of the population is out of work.

And when you consider the crime, it’s just crazy to think of how dangerous it is to live way out here. When you’re in Rifle, every year, you have a 1 in 16.3 chance of being robbed. Can you imagine? Perhaps it’s an economic factor, or the fact that the people out there are so isolated, but the fact remains, it’s the 8th most dangerous place in the state, per capita.

3. Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,073
Home Values: $114,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (4th worst)
When you’re looking at things from purely a scientific standpoint, Pueblo is by far the worst place in Colorado.

The crime here is really bad and nearly 1 in 8.2 residents are without jobs — by far the highest in the state. And those who are employed earn a measly salary. The schools are underfunded and home values are low and not climbing at all.

If you’ve been to Pueblo, it would be hard to argue against this ranking. And if you live there, you might have expected to see your town towards the top of the list. The rest of these cities are a distant second.

4. Sterling

Sterling, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,046
Home Values: $98,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.8% (7th worst)
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Colorado, Sterling ranks 4th worst. Let’s see why.

Here in Sterling, crime is the 19th highest in the state, and 1 out of 25.3 residents was robbed here according to the latest FBI numbers.

That’s not the first place you think of making home, is it?

Additionally, you have a 1 in 222 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rapes, attacks or murders. That’s really high.

When you look at adult education in Colorado, the folks in Sterling have the 15th highest drop out rate. And other factors that make Sterling undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.

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The unemployment rate is the 7th highest in Colorado, at 11.8%. That’s actually on par with the national average, which means Colorado has some hard workers.

5. Federal Heights

Federal Heights, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,037
Home Values: $34,000 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (22nd worst)
While numbers in Colorado are clearly better when you compare them to the rest of the nation, the fact is when you compare Colorado cities against one another, you see big differences.

Home values in Federal Heights average $34,000, which is the 1st lowest in the state. Say what you want about ‘cheap living,’ the fact is homes are priced by demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Federal Heights.

Plus, 15.9% of the population here lives below the poverty line.

Plus, the crime rate is the 70th highest in the state here. Every year, when you’re within Federal Heights city limits, you have a 1 in 0 chance of being robbed. That’s a lot of broken into cars and homes.

6. Delta

Delta, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,779
Home Values: $161,600 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (11th worst)
Delta is out in the boonies, south of Grand Junction. The population has grown 15% in the last 15 years, perhaps due to the cheap housing, as homes cost an average $139,100 each.

Delta has some of the lowest public school funding in Colorado. And while the unemployment rate isn’t as bad as other cities, it’s still up there. Plus, there’s not a lot to do here for indoor entertainment. If you’re an outdoor person, it might not be so bad. But on paper, Delta isn’t desirable.

7. Edgewater

Edgewater, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,237
Home Values: $218,600 (30th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (9th worst)
You might have passed through Edgewater once and probably throught it seems to be a relatively quiet, clean place.

Here’s what science says about why Edgewater needs some love: The unemployment rate is nearly 11.5%, residents earn about $44,148 a year, and home prices are just over $218,600. Across the board, those are in the bottom half in the state. Not absolutely horrible, but not desirable, either.

And there simply isn’t anything to do in Edgewater.

8. Trinidad

Trinidad, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,470
Home Values: $136,500 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (14th worst)
If you’re going to drive to New Mexico, Trinidad would be the last place you’d see on I-25 before you crossed the state line. And, there really isn’t much of a reason to stop. Unless they have great deals on weed.

People who have jobs earn meager livings and home prices are way below average. And there’s just not a lot to do. Except smoke the weed you just bought.

9. Alamosa

Alamosa, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,592
Home Values: $146,000 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.4% (2nd worst)
Alamosa is a mess. It has a horrible crime rate, and is out in the middle of nowhere (you might see it on your way to the city of Antonito if that helps). The unemployment rate is high and home values are way below the state average. And, there’s a prison there.

On the other hand, the school system spends almost more per student than any other place in Colorado. A real head scratcher.

10. Aurora

Aurora, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 345,867
Home Values: $189,100 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (18th worst)
Things are starting to get progressively more ‘modern’ and in line with what you expect in a great state such as Colorado when we get to Aurora. Sure, the unemployment rate is at 8.7% (which is really high), and the median income is $53,011. But the homes are at least above the $100,000 mark, and the schools aren’t a complete mess.

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Wrapping Up The Worst In Colorado

If you’re looking at areas in Colorado with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Sheridan ranks as the worst city to live in Colorado for 2017.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Colorado:

  1. Louisville (Pop. 19,548)
  2. Superior (Pop. 12,815)
  3. Centennial (Pop. 106,604)

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Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In Colorado

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Sheridan 5,912 12.9% $139,600
2 Rifle 9,451 10.5% $195,600
3 Pueblo 108,073 12.2% $114,200
4 Sterling 14,046 11.8% $98,500
5 Federal Heights 12,037 8.1% $34,000
6 Delta 8,779 10.8% $161,600
7 Edgewater 5,237 11.5% $218,600
8 Trinidad 8,470 9.8% $136,500
9 Alamosa 9,592 12.4% $146,000
10 Aurora 345,867 8.7% $189,100
11 Montrose 18,970 11.6% $177,600
12 Lamar 7,744 10.9% $78,700
13 Lochbuie 5,222 3.5% $152,800
14 Cortez 8,571 12.2% $152,400
15 Englewood 31,877 8.0% $223,400
16 La Junta 7,018 11.8% $91,100
17 Gunnison 5,955 12.0% $203,100
18 Greeley 97,074 9.0% $173,200
19 Brighton 35,582 6.2% $203,400
20 Grand Junction 59,945 9.4% $205,800
21 Fort Lupton 7,669 6.5% $150,200
22 Glenwood Springs 9,756 6.2% $321,100
23 Evans 20,308 5.7% $149,400
24 Fort Morgan 11,377 7.0% $124,300
25 Brush 5,488 10.0% $139,100
26 Northglenn 37,754 8.2% $191,900
27 Denver 649,654 6.3% $271,300
28 Carbondale 6,516 7.2% $447,700
29 Wheat Ridge 30,863 7.9% $256,900
30 Colorado Springs 442,040 8.7% $212,700
31 Lakewood 147,836 6.4% $254,700
32 Craig 8,983 6.4% $172,500
33 Fountain 27,062 8.0% $185,000
34 Manitou Springs 5,211 6.8% $289,600
35 Fruita 12,750 8.7% $200,100
36 Longmont 89,814 7.2% $250,400
37 Avon 6,414 0.7% $332,400
38 Westminster 110,598 7.5% $235,300
39 Milliken 5,975 1.8% $189,400
40 Thornton 127,688 6.6% $219,600
41 Berthoud 5,497 5.9% $247,100
42 Loveland 71,755 6.8% $224,900
43 Salida 5,373 5.8% $248,400
44 Gypsum 6,685 4.7% $319,600
45 Woodland Park 7,155 9.5% $255,500
46 Durango 17,486 5.4% $363,700
47 Vail 5,321 5.9% $534,400
48 Firestone 11,255 6.6% $246,000
49 Fort Collins 153,292 7.1% $265,900
50 Aspen 6,740 7.9% $547,100
51 Arvada 111,658 6.0% $257,300
52 Wellington 6,934 3.6% $212,600
53 Steamboat Springs 12,148 4.5% $456,000
54 Estes Park 6,103 3.7% $320,700
55 Littleton 44,553 6.2% $284,000
56 Frederick 10,186 4.4% $243,000
57 Castle Rock 52,143 4.7% $296,600
58 Golden 19,780 4.3% $399,300
59 Lafayette 26,430 6.6% $281,700
60 Lone Tree 12,462 4.4% $503,300
61 Broomfield 60,699 5.5% $295,500
62 Monument 6,252 5.6% $323,300
63 Boulder 103,919 6.5% $512,600
64 Castle Pines 10,399 3.5% $476,000
65 Windsor 20,455 4.7% $298,300
66 Eagle 6,553 2.1% $399,700
67 Erie 19,948 3.1% $353,700
68 Parker 47,342 4.6% $304,700
69 Centennial 106,604 5.3% $315,100
70 Superior 12,815 3.6% $446,800
71 Louisville 19,548 4.3% $407,500

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97 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Colorado For 2017

  1. Pueblo is awesome, filled with great people, a long vibrant history, and scenery to die for. If you want crime, head NORTH….. all the way UP through Denver and all the suburbs! If you want lots of traffic jams, move NORTH. And if you want high taxes move NORTH. If you want lots of people move NORTH. I would love to keep my slice of heaven just as it is!! So much for this “survey”. Keep all the Californians out! That is just fine with me!

  2. Mr. Johnson, have lived in Alamosa my whole live, evidently there is a prison I have missed in our town for 65 years. Please forward location, would like to check it out!

    1. You tell him Danny. People from Alamosa and surrounding communities don’t want His kind messing up a good thing. He is more than welcome to stay in the cesspool he lives in North of the Valley

  3. The author is a terrible researcher….the categories he uses under each city isn’t even consistent. Roadsnacks.com is among the worst journalistic websites I have ever encountered…scientifically validated of course.

  4. So you don’t live in Colorado, and you’re judging? And 2 of your main criteria is that a city is dense and that houses are expensive? Wow. Some of us don’t want to live where we have to run into a million people a day, run into traffic jams, deal with overcrowded and over-priced houses or apartments. See, we didn’t move to Colorado in order to live in a big city. If you want that, there’s a million places you can get that.

    We go to Pueblo a couple of times a year, as do other people I know, from cities you rank as ‘more desirable’ because it’s beautiful and has interesting things to do. You really have no clue.

  5. Cortez CO my home for the last 20+ years yes rural but a slice of heaven. winters are mild compared to a lot of towns here in CO. the greatest pride in this community IS the sense of Community. We are home to Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon of The Ancients. We are very rich with our cultural area that draw people from all over the world. A short drive from downtown Cortez you can be high on the top of mountains or go a short in a different direction and you are in the desert southwest. We are proud of our town it you want gangs and a feeling of being just another face in a crowd go to the top rated towns.Cortez CO I am proud to call you home!

    1. I agree with you! Cortez is a small town, and that’s the way I like it. I live out on Totten road, and I have Phils world, a top rated mountain biking course less than a mile away. We have an amazing Recreational center, we have a brand new high school, better than most others in our area, I could go on, and on.

  6. I have to take exception to your list. I’m sure you spent all of about 10 minutes in each of these towns. Data is not all there is to a town. To clarify I don’t live in either Pueblo or Grand Junction, I’m at least three hours from both. And I have never lived in either. BUT I would live in either. Pueblo has probably some of the best food statewide, the people are friendly and the riverwalk is home to many awesome events each year. It like any town has a bad side, but for the most part I love this town. And Grand Junction is its own world! It has beauty, personable people the best wine and peaches around and the best food too. So take another look. Oh where do I live, Greeley, not the best town but it sure as the heck is not 10th worst, I can think of worse places … Denver, Boulder, Lamar, Fort Lupton, Brighton, Gilcrest, LaSalle, Platteville, Commerce City … I could go on for days. … Take some time to visit and really come up with a feasible list!

    1. Sheriff, I take issue with Your assessment that Commerce City is Worse then Your town, I was born and raised in C.C. Colorado and Raised My own family here. I find its as nice here as it is in Your town which I myself have visited. For someone who’s taking issue with this author on how he attacked Greeley as one of the “Worse” towns to live in Colorado,Your sure quick to attack other cities/towns that I’m guessing You have never lived in, and if You have been here…I’m guessing it had to do with Your employment, so Your assessment of My town holds about as much weight as that Author’s Assessment of Yours.

  7. I particularly would much rather live in a small town on the western slope enjoying outdoor activities, where my dog can pee on real grass, than live in a place where there is more concrete than dirt and it costs an arm and leg to park my car after getting stuck in traffic for 45 mins trying to drive 5 miles.

  8. I have lived in the Pueblo area for most of my life. I moved to Arizona and Texas for a short time, but I came home. I resent the implication that everyone in Colorado buys weed and smokes it. None of the numbers that are in the article fit my life, house, or neighborhood. Shame on you for writing your article, without really checking out the facts. Surveys only tell the person who designed the survey what they wanted to know. I will take the Sun Shine on my porch, the deer and elk in the field, the turkey out by the barn, the quiet because my nearest neighbor is 1/2 mile away, and when I turn out the lights, my sky if filled with stars. The best place that I have ever lived.

    1. Hi Mary, My wife and I are very seriously considering moving to Pueblo Co within 3 years. We are from Michigan. I saw on CNN that it was one of the top economically places to live in the U.S. Would you be able to contact me by e-mail to give me a little more info on Pueblo?

      1. l live in Pueblo now. If you’d care to contact me, I can tell you about it. Economically feasible if you’re not looking for much. Not a lot of decent jobs here at all, not any really decent wages to speak of unless you might be a doctor, lawyer, or other business professional. You definitely do NOT want to live anywhere around the east side. There is a lot of crime and police are definitely overwhelmed. We moved here probably after reading the same article you did and were very disappointed. We are very happy with the weather, though. That was the selling point for us.

      2. Hi Chad,
        I am from Michigan and lived in Pueblo for 20 years, loved it. If you can get a good job and live here, you will love it too. We had to move to Denver to keep employed but hope to move back to Pueblo when we retire; we miss the neighborhoods, the cultural diversity, the zoo, the parks, historic downtown, the art community, easy to get around, no traffic, so close to the mountains and of course, our friends.

    2. Mary Morris, That sounds like heaven! I don’t even live in CO.. but I’ve been researching different areas. I can’t agree with this article because a graph and numbers won’t tell me much. It’s the real life, flesh and blood conversations and view points of those who live and make a life in these towns/cities.

  9. I live in pueblo and I like living here all the places this writer says is the best places to live in Colorado are all places where the rich live

  10. The writers certainly have never visited any of the places but simply looked at the numbers published, which are usually not too accurate. The top 5 “best” cities are simply suburbs of other big cities and those of us living in small cities choose to do so. There is plenty to do, we can drive to other places for additional entertainment or dining options, and we don’t have to put up with the traffic or pollution. Small cities allow you to not only know your neighbors well, but also most everyone living there, a definite advantage when raising children. I’m glad, though, that you published this list–maybe it’ll keep people away and we can enjoy our little cities by ourselves.

  11. Seems very accurate. I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life. Grew up in Alamosa, and the area south of the tracks is dangerous. There were “gang” fights in the alley by our house and at the park. The economy sucks there. I left as soon as I could. Now I go back for visits and they have changed the Main Street area all up so it’s annoying just to try to drive around town. There is a large jail and a youth correctional center. My senior year of high school we got to go on a field trip there lol cause there is nowhere else to go but the Sand Dunes and Alligator Farm I suppose.
    The area has nice scenery though and the other communities in the San Luis Valley are nice. But Alamosa sucks.
    Pueblo was were we went to get school clothes, shopping and to “get out of town” I am not at all surprised by it being number one ranking. Lol “pue town” we called it.
    All the other towns I’ve been to as well. The only one that surprised me was Delta. It has a nice down town area and seems like a some what pleasant place. But I’ve just drove through.

    1. Rebecca….. Well I’m not sure how to respond to your comments about alamosa?!?!?! …… Well for starters maybe your mom shouldn’t have kept ur ass in the barn as long as she did and if I remember correctly your family didn’t live in south side you lived on a farm!!!!! And don’t forget who some of your friends are the claunch’s Sara they all live in and around that area!!! So don’t forget where you grew up and where you come from! Also before you slam a good place remember where you live now!!!! I guess that Christian life your mom tried to instill in you at such an early age did no good! Another thing to remember you never know who reads these things and who might know who you are and who knows your family

      1. Nick, I lived on the south side of Alamosa from the age of three until I was eleven years old. Near the Boyd school 423 1/2 eleventh street to be exact. Then we moved out of town, north of Alamosa about 15 minutes. It wasn’t a farm, I have a western heritage and that’s how we were taught to dress and act if that’s what gave you the impression. Furthermore my comments weren’t directed at the San Luis Valley as a whole, but at Alamosa the town itself. I don’t know why people deny there is a real problem there for a town that size. I went to a Private Christian school until I was in 6 th grade because my parents didn’t like th Alamosa school system, their choice, I know nothing of the quality of the education provided in Alamosa.
        As far as all the supposed friends I have disgraced by my comments, I am so very sorry. But I may make more negative comments in the future so I can actually hear from you more often.

  12. Low population densities and low home prices are positives, not negatives. This article is all wrong. The cities they listed are actually great places.

    1. Exactly. Low population density is a huge plus along with low home prices. And part of being in Colorado is being outdoors – so why do you need tons to do in your town. Also, visit some of these places. Montrose, Grand Junction and Delta have some of the mildest winter weather in the state. Add in the views – how can you beat them? Loved the one comment about jobs being hard to find with people pouring into the area – hello – if that doesn’t show the place is a really desirable place to live. The the best places – all high dollar. Wow, just wow on this article.

  13. I’ve been reading the comments as well as the story. I am from Colorado born and raised in Grand Jct. I do not want to view my home in the way the writer writes about it. However I have to agree with some of it as well. I currently live in Utah which I HATE. I miss the beauty of all the green trees and foliage. However I must agree as a parent that the schools are not the best, the wages are disappointing, and unfortunately there is a noticeable division between those who have money and those who don’t. I and my family had to move to Utah just to get above the poverty line. (which we have more than done). However my home town will always be part of my heart, soul, and blood. And as the local superstition goes I did not take any dirt with me I hope to return some day.

  14. You, Nick Johnson, are an idiot..not only are your pictures very outdated….pre 1960 for Grand Junction, your facts are skewed. I have an idea…..stay out of those towns don’t go to them and if you’re planning a road trip from Denver to Salt Lake or Denver to Durango, guess what? You will have to pass through many of those towns you mentioned. you’ll have to gas up probably grab a snack and get some of the most beautiful views of Colorado anywhere. I wonder where you live Mr Nick Johnson. I bet it doesn’t compare with any place in Colorado.

  15. There’s a lot of personal bias here. The author apparently needs people and entertainment, so of course smaller cities are going to be high on this “undesirable” list.

    I sought out a place with low population density, and I don’t need constant stimulation from having stuff to do, I am perfectly capable of making my own fun.

  16. I live in pueblo and it isn’t that bad. I think the guy who wrote this is kind of a douchebag. If hegot off his bum and aactually saw and experienced the places he wrote about maybe he would be more knowledgeable and not sound like an idiot. I do agree there is crime here as there is everywhere but if you avoid the people who have drama and are into drugs n major alcoholics you can avoid some bs. Yes bad stuff does occasionally happen to completely innocent ppl. Pueblo has a cool history and is a beautiful place if you open your eyes and look.

  17. Lower population density = Worse??? What kind of scientific data is that. I took one look at the population density (i.e. how close the houses were together) in Colorado Springs and got the heck out of there. I am sure that those that live in the low population area are getting exactly what they want. To me, high population density = worse. This whole article is crap!

  18. Hard to know where to start with this rubbish. If someone hadn’t brought this to my attention it would have stayed where it belongs … in the dung-pile at the bottom of the guinea pig cage. Pictures are google street-view so obviously the writer doesn’t even travel to any of these places (does he even own a vehicle?). The writing is on 3rd grade par with E L James. The stats are severely dated (unlike the author? – just a guess). The assumptions are juvenile. His general unhappiness with life is vomited on to his keyboard. I am desperately searching for a post from ANYONE who believes or trusts anything this yahoo spits out. I could eat a bowl of Alpha-bits and crap out better drivel than this.

  19. A few observations as a writer (and, beside the point, a life-long Coloradan born in Cortez)
    1) This article is to get attention, notoriety. For whoever wrote this –it is not worth scrolling back up to see a name or a gender–any response is success. This is on the same literary level as that scratch on the bathroom wall that says, “All freshman suck.” Enjoy a few minutes of fame, and then go piss off some people in Mississippi somehow.
    2) This is not science, and not research. This is some census figures thrown into a Excel spreadsheet and sorted, to support a narcissistic opinion. Throw in a couple online images, and maybe Photoshop a couple birds out. (Great job on the Pueblo shot, BTW…powerlines don’t hang if they are severed twice in 3 feet.) I hope you are proud of your contribution to “science.” Best wishes getting this into the Library of Congress. Let us all know when the public reading is. Morgan Freeman may be available…I hope you are proud of yourself.
    3) This is one of billions of examples of the internet further diluting journalism. Journalism has always had the potential for deceit, bias, histrionics, etc. The internet gives it the opportunity to be worthless yet relevant, more a factor of boredom than anything else. I hope we are proud of ourselves.
    4) Oh look, I spent 12 minutes on this response. I am so not proud of myself.

  20. I have to disagree that Cortez is the 8th worse place to live. I lived in Cortez from 1983-2005. I think Cortez offers the nice small town feel. Cortez offers both mountain and desert scenery. Cortez has a lot of great cultural experiences as well as good food. I left Cortez for better employment opportunities. As much as I like to visit I personally would not raise a family in Cortez. The biggest devalue to Cortez is all these marijuana shops popping up all over the place, which brings in the crime promotes the ever increasing drug culture. Cortez will probably never get a hold of the drug problem unless they get some common sense politicians to reverse the current laws.

  21. This writer probably has never been to any of these cities he has mentioned. I find this review to be inaccurate and lacking in facts. Maybe this writer should get out of his mom’s basement and actually do some real world research.

  22. Grew up in Pueblo, lived in Rocky Ford, Aurora, and later Greeley. The criteria used, especially population density, seem to swayed to big city(think upper northeast) living. By that logic New Jersey(which has the highest state population density) MUST be the best state to live, right? Space is appreciated in Colorado. Of all the places I lived in Colorado I disliked Aurora where I could only afford an apartment-yuck. Still to this day I CHOOSE to live in a town of around 100k people with space and limited traffic. I guess not everyone looks at towns the same way, and depending on which criteria are used(and how they were interpreted) the “science” could produce significantly different results.

    1. My family has only lived in Colorado since April. We moved here from Utah for my husbands job. We currently live in Aurora and I HATE it! The congestion and expensive apartments (we live in a SMALL 2 bedroom apartment in the middle of the city and pay 1260 a month)!! We love smaller towns and are trying to find somewhere in Greeley or Evans to move to. Not only is it closer to my husband’s job, but we enjoy the small town feel and would love to raise our kids in a diverse culture as well as a quieter town. If my husband worked down south we wouldn’t hesitate to live in these other “terrible cities”!

  23. Alamosa does NOT have a prison! Why don’t you get your facts straight? How much of the rest of this article is bull??

  24. so glad you hate the small towns ‘without anything to do’ like Delta and Montrose
    let the wholesome living alone and we can do without the influx of city dwellers, not too many wholesome places left that aren’t ruined by people like you and your attitude.

  25. Obiviously a ‘city dweller’, we are happy that you don’t like beautiful pristine places full of wholesome living like Delta, Montrose, Grand Junction area I have spent 18 years there and its people like you we don’t need.

  26. What a shame that you couldn’t be bothered to spend any time in any of these communities. Your “scientific” information wouldn’t pass any academic muster. Had you really visited any of these cities, you would have discovered communities with character, quality of life and devoted residents — not simply an opportunity to exercise juvenile humor. Here’s hoping you find a life. You could have a great one here in Greeley.

  27. I was born & raised in La Junta, CO. La Junta is a very quiet, friendly town. My job took me up & down the valley from Fowler to McClave. It also included Ordway area. So I guess I could say I have been & seen it all. I traveled all over CO for meetings, trainings, etc. I never went to a place I did not like or find interesting. Even growing up we as a family we traveled all over CO to visit family & were in most of the top ten worst places.
    I am sure this is one of many research projects about CO. You can put in any numbers you want & come up with anything. Scienctific? I do not know? Everything is done by computer & the information they want to feed into it. Then it comes up with the answers they know are right. Every medical, social, school, enviromental etc. have room for error, just like this one. You are all right they have apparently never lived in CO or maybe never visited either. So…….take this research with a grain of salt. We know the true answer without a rating. Colorful Colorado is a Beautiful State, has a lot of interesting & fun things to do with Family & Friends.

  28. For Christ sakes. Really ssome of these towns on here a are actually just really nice little quiet towns. Of course a small town is gonna have less budget for its schools. I live just down the road from Greeley, that city might kinda smell on a warm day but it’s unique and people there are happy. I wanna know how Commerce City didn’t make this list.

  29. I grew up in Trinidad and must say it was one of-the happiest time of my life. The people are very welcoming warm and real. They have some of the best food you can find. The guest of Legends is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever take. Sure there is crime and legal weed. If you like that kind of thing you are not breaking any laws by buying it, unlike some bigger city’s. School was laid back and and I went on to be a nurse at the Jr. College there. Forty years I worked at this profession. It allowed me to raise my children and they always had good food on the table. I go back and visit at least once a year and still want more. I would retire there if my children and grandchildren live close. All of my memories are the best. You have many different nationalities living in this small town so you learn the many ways of life of others. I was never bored, and the weather is great. If you want fake greedy people around you and getting stuck in traffic everyday then go to that better rated bigger city where everyone is trying to keep up with their neighbors. I have lifelong friends that I still keep in touch with today. Now if all this is not your cup of tea then move on we don’t want you here. But if you are in need of help or anything else people do not hesitate to help without expecting anything in return. That’s my Trinidad.

  30. Facts aren’t accurate here. For example, there is NO prison in Alamosa and never has been. Stats on crime are also inaccurate-( many family members are in law enforcement.) As are the stats on education- (family members high up in school systems have these facts and stats are not what you quote.)

    Cortez has a lot more going than you allude to. It is a tourist town with great hiking, biking, hunting. Mesa Verde is a huge tourist draw. The people are honest, kind and hard working.

    Your “facts” are off and you’re insulting. Happy to have people like you staying out of our beautiful state.

  31. Last year, CSU Pueblo THunderwolves were the NCAA DIvision 2 Football National champions and East High was the 3A high School football champions. Living in such a bad place must make you pretty tough. Pueblo Reservoir is the most popular reservoir in the state. Pueblo is home of the Pro Bull Riders Hall of Fame. Pueblo is famed for its chili peppers, and though other towns try to imitate the “Slopper”, none can live up to the original. Ask the Travel channel.

    We have been the site of the Little Britches National Champion Rodeo for years, as well as the location for the Colorado State Fair. We have a beautiful Riverwalk . We have an excellent art museum. We have a great climate, boasting over 330 days of sunshine a year, and as a result great agricultural industry.

    If your entire set of parameters are wealth related, Pueblo will not come in as the most desirable, but we aren’t snobs. But just because you make more money and have a high priced house, doesn’t make your town better. Aurora comes in ahead pf Pueblo? Are you kidding me? Commerce CIty? We take care of our infrastructure better than the Springs which is why we have to deal with Fountain Creek flooding, despite agreements with the Springs to deal with their irresponsible dumping. Pueblo has its share of problems, but it is a great place to live.

    Actually, I have traveled all over Colorado for 59 years, I am a 4th generation Coloradan and I choose to live in Pueblo. If you have never been here, you don’t know shit about this town.

  32. This article is part of what is wrong with America today. People looking at the negative side and posting crap that is numbers and figures without finding the real value of what a community offers. I am an analytic so I get the numbers thing, but the whole idea of posting the “Worst” places is cynical.

    Why not focus on the “best” places to live and leave it at that.

    People need something to hope in and to believe in, not another article that confirms their already struggling attitude about their town. Why not be a part of the answer?

    Just my thoughts.

    Sincerely

    1. I worked in Greeley for almost 4 years. I like the town. It has lots of parks, and a lot of things to do. The Stampede is a lot of fun and attracts big name entertainers for a reasonable price. And Stuft Burgers has the best burgers in the world.

    2. Hi Alison!

      Can you (-or anyone else who reads this) post the pros and cons of living in CO, or namely your own town? I’m researching places, but it seems there is only superficial and bias info online.. geared toward the more popular and populated cities.

      I’ve tried forums, but people somehow get off subject and into rabbit trails that are not relevent. Would be nice to have an honest conversation on the pros and cons from locals and their everyday life in these rural areas.

  33. Thank you for your distorted and superficial review of Grand Junction, Colorado. If it helps keep more people from moving into our wonderful little town, so much the better. If you’d taken the time to maybe ask a few folks about quality of life here, you might have learned something. As it is, well, anyone can make lists.

  34. I can’t speak for the other owns in Colorado..but I was born and raised in montrose and honestly he was dead o. if not it should be ranked number one!! The town puts more effort into the looks rather then the schools!! The drug and crime rate is ridiculous !! People will get arrested and let go with slap on the wrist over and over. there have been numerous suicides by high school kids just from being bullied!! As far as jobs you have to know someone who knows someone to gret one. The people are lazy!! So to live there is aweful but to visit yes its gorgeous and offers so much outdoors stuff to do. it’s sp sad to see what its become. I personally after 26 years had to leave because I was scared for my own kids safety with all tthe crookidness. makes me cry just to think of what its become!!

    1. So, I’m just wondering…since you were afraid of your children’s safety in Montrose and had to leave…where did you go? Denver, Colo Springs or some other city on the front range?

  35. As a Greeley native, I am amazed at the inaccuracy of this survey! The author’s criteria is very narrow and ignores a lot of quality of life issues that make Greeley shine! We have the Union Colony Civic Center that cities much higher on the list would die for! We also have one of the finest Schools of Music and Drama in the country at UNC which puts on many performances at UCCC including an annual Jazz Festival. This festival brings in world class talent. The UCCC also attracts big name entertainers that other cities much higher on your list would have zero chance of attracting! We also have an annual Blues Festival that has grown dramatically in popularity in recent years. The Poudre Trail extends 21 miles from Greeley to within a few miles of Timnath. It will eventually connect with Fort Collins. The scenery on this trail is amazing! Mr. Johnson doesn’t know what he is talking about!

  36. Having lived in Pueblo all my life, and visited many other cities, I’ve always been proud to make Pueblo my home. Whomever, wrote this article you should have done your research better. Pueblo is the home of the military Hero’s. We are proud to have 4 men who were born and raised in Pueblo. No other city in the US has that honor. We have a beautiful river walk, and the Pueblo Resivour. We are proud to have 2 excellent colleges CSU-P, PCC. Our community is currently working with city council & county commissioners to develop the PDA once the mustard gas project is completed. We have Vests one the biggest manufacturing plant for wind generations in our town. We have various other employment opportunities within Our town. Our police force is currently working on addressing crime related issues. Our Pueblo city school system is also working very hard on the turn around status .We have some of the most friendliest people you could ever want to call neighbors.

  37. You will not get any “likes” from me. This study is unscientific, inaccurate, and not useful or truthful. Shame on you.

  38. Pueblo has a huge heroin problem, unemployment, kids being raised by grandparents when parents are drugging, schools that are failing, high crime, soil that is causing deep foundation cracks in the buildings, slum designations, homeless camps, pollution, lack of noise, weed, identity theft enforcement (among other things the PD cant afford to police) gangs, drive bys, lack of funding on important things and reckless spending on exotic convention centers that will remain close to empty.
    All those people who love Pueblo, rather than get defensive, look at it honestly and help fix it.

  39. Hi guys, can you help me for the cheapest cities in Colorado? The cheapest property (small house ok, I only live with my partner and no children) is preffered. I have plan to move to Colorado, maybe about +- 5 years from now. Thank you very much!

  40. Many of these locations have been under the guidance of Republicans thus the low educational spending. The crime problems are related to an uneven distribution of wealth, unemployment (despite plethoras of worthless committees aimed at correcting the problems) and a dwindling middle class. Many of those communities appear to be happy with the mundane. However Colorado beats the hell out of 70% of the states in the US. I wonder where the enlightened author of this mess resides.

  41. Everyone getting offended by this article lives near or lives in one of these shit hole towns. He is reffering to statistics, not the “heart” of these places. I’ve lived in Colorado my entire life living in Greely and GJ, point blank, there are much better places in this beautiful state to live. May I suggest Capital Hill in Denver.. It’s quite nice, or Boulder if you like the mountains. Don’t compare places like Alamosa to places like Dillon.

    1. Statistics based on what? based on the assumption that those are the things people look for in a town. on the assumption that those are the things that make life good and enjoyable, that regardless of your surroundings your income level, house value, and educational opportunities are all that matters. The fresh air and what you are surrounded by, the materials in your day-to_day life, are what make life interesting enjoyable and stimulate the mind. Cities were once built of unaltered chemicals. . in teh late 1970’s that changed with the alteration of teh molecules of teh actual materials we use, from teh walls we live in to our car exhaust.We are expected to go with tha t while the “historic” unaltered houses are bought up.But this is part of the prejudiced and hard taught teaching that we as americans should be unconnected to the natural world except for weekend hikes or vacations.

    2. I agree Katy, I lived in Grand Junction for 17 years, it use to be a nice place to live, not any more…I moved to Lakewood co, I love it here.
      Started my own buisness, I have so many more opportunities living here. I’m a single mother with 3 grown children, own my home and buisness. If I can make it here, anyone can.

  42. What’s not to love about Pueblo? A Div. II National Championship Football Team, great food, hiking and biking trails, an Urban kayak course, the largest recreational lake in the state, friendly people, PUEBLO CHILE, and a University that offers big name concerts, music and arts performances, and distinguished speakers. Low cost of living means we can spend our money on things we love to DO rather than a mortgage that breaks the bank!

  43. i was working down in pueblo 15 years ago. i didnt know a soul there. on more than one occasion i had complete strangers treat me like family. gotta admit its a boring town but a boring town with some wonderful people

  44. We moved to Pueblo in September, and we’re loving it. So you say Pueblo is the worst place to live in CO. Well, that’s based on your very subjective criteria, but I will say this: living in the “worst” place in Colorado is far better than living in “better” places in other states in which I’ve lived. In Pueblo, we could buy a house at a much more affordable price than anywhere else. The people have been nothing but friendly, and everyday we meet people who have recently moved here. The farm markets are great; there is so much local food and produce. Typical, though: the city that does the most work for the state is the one that is easy to put down. Pueblo works for CO, and the whole state should be proud of it.

  45. Hi,

    I’m sending this regarding the story you printed last year about the 10
    worst cities in Colorado. I have to say that you were spot on with your
    information.

    In addition, not sure if it is of any interest, but here is something that
    burns my craw. My parents owned a business in La Junta, CO for about 4
    decades. They sold it as a big loss due to the awful conditions of La
    Junta. They also sold their home at a giant loss. Their business and home
    had been paid off for decades.

    I find it interesting that the city of La Junta employees, who are related
    or good friends with each other, certainly do not work for salaries that
    businesses and homes sell for in this dilapidated part of Colorado.
    Cronyism runs rampant in La Junta, and I presume in the most undesirable
    cities in the United States.

    I wonder how many denizens in these towns are aware that they pay hefty
    property taxes, utilities, etc for a city that cares zero about them.

    I know I sound bitter, but I am bitter because the checks and balances in
    these poor towns are out of sync with the high salaries these small city
    employees get for doing as little as possible.

    I am very happy that my parents strongly urged myself and my siblings to
    leave this terrible part of Colorado, and never look back. I have not been
    to La Junta or Colorado for 16 years, and I will never return.

    Thank you again for your excellent story, and regards.

  46. I live in Pueblo and I don’t see what’s wrong with it.. Barely anything happens here. And i live in the middle of the crime. The projects.

  47. Pueblo is a real shit hole; the crime has gotten even worse in the past 2 years with pets being stolen out of their yards, cars and trucks being stolen, homes broken into every day, people having things stolen right off a truck when moving in somewhere. way too many bad people moving to the whole state for legal weed. Anything and everything is a target to be stolen and then sold on Facebook buy and sell pages. People knowingly buy stolen goods because they think they’re “getting a good deal.” There is no more low cost of living in Pueblo, the rents are going higher every day and there are no really decent jobs. Most of it’s fast food or other minimum wage things that are difficult to survive on. It’s horrible and I am SO GLAD we moved out.

  48. As far as alamosa goes. Yes the crime rate high but the quality of life is amazing. It’s a very safe place to live. Sure we have s high crime rate but that’s because a lot of drugs go through that town and mysteriously nothing ever gets done about it. They have one of the highest cops per capita in the country. It’s a small town treated like a big city. Growing up there was great really really boring but great. Gangs are hardly a problem when you grow up knowing each other. Such a small town but the FBI is always there? Maybe next time to a real story instead of throwing around some jargen you know nothing about.

  49. Unfortunately Mr. James is quite correct about the situation here in La Junta. The crony cabal has undermined virtually all the systems here, including those that normally stabilize a community. The schools have had several consolidations and closures and the college is struggling. And speaking up here to try to help is dangerous as it is not uncommon for such people to be driven out of their jobs or be followed around town by the authorities.
    Usually the attitude is to not pay attention to the problems, cover them up, or pretend somehow sports are going to solve it all…yeah right. And now there have been several high profile incidents with the valley cops which have given the place a internationally bad reputation.
    There are some good people here but without local reforms they will either have to go or find life here intolerable.

  50. Science? Are you kidding me? You’re a real Einstein bud. Lower population density is worse? That means low income apartments makes a city more desirable and a house with an actual yard undesirable and a home with horse property is clearly only for the least fortunate people.
    Education. How about you base you’re research on the quality of education that a child receives rather than how inefficiently the school district spends money.
    Home values? Higher is more desirable? That’s a slippery slope. I will say a more desirable area will tend to drive home values higher but higher home values doesn’t make a place more desirable. I know that I’ve never thought to myself if I had a higher mortgage I would like my house more or I really wish I could live some place so expensive that I can’t even afford to buy a house.

    Might be time to look up scientific method

  51. I don’t think that’s accurate. Those reasons why those towns are “the worst” places to live depend on people and their needs and what causes them satisfaction in a home and town. Cortez has a lot of natural beauty, and people in those areas are friendly and care about the outdoors and their environment. If that makes them happy, then it isn’t the worst place to be.

  52. The author should check out the HOA in this area and see how
    mismanaged this HOA’s are.
    There are Board members that think they run a Kingdom.
    An there is no agency to enforce there shady actions.

    When will the Government finally stop this .

  53. Come on guys, You got to like this roadkill site- or what ever it’s called.
    We moved to the Cortez area 15 years ago from Santa Fe. And before that we in Durango for what defiantly seemed to long. In fact, I’m still in therapy from that experience.
    The guy’s right. Bottom line- Cortucky sucks. . The towns cut off from the north by the San Juan Mountains, the east by the La Platas, the south by Mesa Verde, and the west by the Southern Utah Desert canyon country.
    What a pit. No interstates, shopping malls or direct flights to any where- just a bunch of hippy dippy organic farmers, misanthropic artist types and a bunch of over educated archeologists digging around in Anasazi ruins hoping to find the meaning of life.
    Admittedly, there is an interesting music and public art scene developing, which is defiantly out of the box and pretty cool- but only for those who are a part of it. Other wise, There’s not much for the poser crowd.
    Defiantly not the kind of place you want to go to be seen.
    One thing I got to admit about the area (county) that is hard to beat- it’s the only irrigated mountain canyon environment in the southwest where you can build without a committee telling you what to do. That’s like heaven if your creative.

  54. I’ve lived in Colorado now for 19 years. It’s a very tough place to make a living. I’m ranch broker and sell property all over the state. My favorite place is the Yampa river valley around Steamboat, but you have to be a millionaire to live there now and winters are tough. I’ve lived in Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Canon City, and Woodland Park, also Steamboat Springs. The Colorado Springs, and Denver areas are very expensive, and I will never live there again due to congestion, and rude new people always moving in and out. Canon City is a gross little town, but it is affordable. I liked Grand Junction, which is similar to Canon with nicer mountains around it. Canon has ok mtns, but not as attractive as the grand mesa. The eastern slope is windy and the mountains are steep rugged and not very user friendly. The soil is pretty bad most places east of the divide, with the exception of a few areas. I personally like Montrose, but I think employment is a problem there. Same with Grand Junction. The worst places are definitely, Denver metro, Colorado Springs,Pueblo, Canon City, Trinidad, Walsenburg, and Alamosa. The best places are Steamboat, Durango, Montrose, Pagosa, Grand Junction, Gunnison, and Grand Lake.Anywhere west of the continental divide, and away from the big cities. The town’s I mentioned are more livable, and that’s why they’re on my list. The problem with most small towns in CO is that you have to make a living, and most of them will not allow you to do that and still afford to buy a home that isn’t junk. You better have a good way to make a living if you’re going to do that. The western slope isn’t crowded and gives you a real Colorado lifestyle, the eastern slope has pockets that are nice but most of those pockets will not afford you a way to make a living. The front range metroplex just sucks because of the people and congestion.

    1. Grand Junction used to be a nice place to live, I moved there in 1990, left in 2007, the town has turned into a crap hole, too bad, it was once a awesome place to live and raise kids.

  55. Also, I would like to say this. There are some nice pockets around Canon, such as Westcliffe (not much to do there). I like La Veta not much to do there either. The mountains west of Trinidad, around Weston (not much to do there either). Colorado Springs doesn’t have much to do unless you like rude people and traffic, same with Woodland Park. If you don’t care to get to know people and are an introverted private person you’ll like the Pikes Peak region with the exception of contending with people everywhere you go. I’ve lived in Woodland 15 years, and no one is from here. If you’re a single male, plan on staying single. Nothing worth picking from in the entire Pikes Peak region, women don’t where makeup and they are tough to get to know. They know there are more men than women so good luck with that, and all of south central CO is like that. Denver is full of Bally California type women/men, city slicker types with low character. The only place I’ve been that seemed normal to me is the western slope where there are some good normal people with small town work ethics, and don’t look like total slums. There’s still a western cowboy culture over there which I like. There are places east of the divide that still have that, but they are small and there’s not enough people to have any kind of a social life.

  56. Colorado overall has great views but you pay a price for that the towns I like are salida,crested butte , westcliff, Pagosa springs, durango, (parts) dove creek, you can not make a living because they are to small but I would live in th he’s towns if I was retired

  57. This place is filled with a ton of total druggies n prostitution rings the hippies are gold to this place! More crackheads here than I ‘ve seen anywhere in any state period. Only people who will disagree are the crackheads.I do like boulder it seems like there s a cleaner nicer place to live here but slot of ppl that are slum dogs live in dirty denver and the lil surrounding towns!!

  58. Some of the friendliest people live in Grand Junction! The beauty here is awe inspiring; I wouldn’t live anywhere else; there’s tons to do outdoors and indoors, more restaurants then I’ll ever get to, hiking, biking and walking trails everywhere, fishing, hunting, fruit trees everywhere, live music, extreme biking, motocross, ice skating arena, kids plex “Bananas”, a place for kids with nothing but trampolines. We have indoor pools, Wrigley Field, beautiful parks everywhere, near perfect climate, and the list goes on and on. Yes the economy has been tough, but we have noticed it climbing. I think it’s been tough everywhere; crime as well has increased everywhere from the largest to the smallest cities. I guess your article may help us out though; we are pretty full population wise….

  59. Your’re numbers are old and wrong. You should remove this article or update it. The unemployment rate for Pueblo is 3.8%, not 9.2%.

  60. The WORST place to live is Denver or the suburbs. Phony, not friendly, keep up with the Jones type of people. They are nothings wanting to be something. If they don’t know you, they act like you’ve just insulted their baby if you try to talk to someone you “don’t know.” How do you get to know people if you’re not friendly?

    And seriously, the architecture of Denver and the waaaay overpriced, cheaply mass produced suburbia homes are so ugly!!!

    I think it’s because Denver is so isolated from the rest of the country, they are in their own world. And a sad one it is!

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