These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Colorado For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in CO are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Colorado.

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Most Americans have never been to Colorado. However, as the people who live there know, Colorado is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Colorado has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Centennial State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 92 of Colorado’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Colorado where you’d never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in Colorado for 2019:

  1. Towaoc
  2. Olathe
  3. Pagosa Springs
  4. Del Norte
  5. Center (Photos)
  6. Rocky Ford (Photos)
  7. Las Animas
  8. Alamosa East
  9. Manassa
  10. Parachute

So what is the worst small town to call home in Colorado for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Towaoc is the worst small town to live in Colorado.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Colorado has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Colorado or the worst places to live in Colorado.

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

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Colorado, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Colorado for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 92 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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

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4
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Population: 1,025
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $157,600 (25th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (41st worst)
More on Towaoc:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,798
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $98,000 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.4% (4th worst)
More on Olathe:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,927
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $197,800 (47th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.8% (14th worst)
More on Pagosa Springs:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,621
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $80,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (12th worst)
More on Del Norte:  Data

Center, CO

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Population: 2,033
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $74,800 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (34th worst)
More on Center:  Data | Photos

Rocky Ford, CO

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5
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Population: 3,831
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $76,900 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.1% (9th worst)
More on Rocky Ford:  Data | Photos

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4
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Population: 2,047
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $54,900 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.8% (6th worst)
More on Las Animas:  Data

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5
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Population: 1,620
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $131,100 (23rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (10th worst)
More on Alamosa East:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,005
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $87,100 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.5% (12th worst)
More on Manassa:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,233
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $160,800 (27th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (18th worst)
More on Parachute:  Data

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Colorado

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Centennial State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Colorado, according to science:

  1. Lyons (Pop. 2,085)
  2. Niwot (Pop. 4,445)
  3. Acres Green (Pop. 2,824)

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Colorado

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Towaoc 1,025 5.4% $157,600
2 Olathe 1,798 13.4% $98,000
3 Pagosa Springs 1,927 9.8% $197,800
4 Del Norte 1,621 10.5% $80,500
5 Center 2,033 6.4% $74,800
6 Rocky Ford 3,831 11.1% $76,900
7 Las Animas 2,047 12.8% $54,900
8 Alamosa East 1,620 10.6% $131,100
9 Manassa 1,005 10.5% $87,100
10 Parachute 1,233 8.8% $160,800
11 Monte Vista 4,236 14.5% $107,900
12 Walsenburg 2,904 13.4% $93,300
13 Ordway 1,297 20.8% $64,300
14 Aetna Estates 1,352 17.7% $44,400
15 Orchard City 3,053 6.4% $192,900
16 Springfield 1,474 7.2% $63,400
17 Wray 2,488 2.3% $130,900
18 Cedaredge 2,175 11.4% $176,000
19 Cripple Creek 1,145 4.2% $131,000
20 Meeker 2,713 8.4% $182,100
21 Florence 3,845 7.7% $112,700
22 Fowler 1,233 9.7% $83,500
23 Paonia 1,365 7.6% $159,200
24 Log Lane Village 1,211 2.1% $78,700
25 Palisade 2,663 4.9% $182,800
26 Limon 1,256 4.7% $126,300
27 Fraser 1,688 7.5% $282,300
28 Hudson 1,709 3.4% $188,000
29 Yuma 3,526 2.0% $125,200
30 Akron 2,116 6.0% $89,700
31 Granby 1,813 3.9% $222,600
32 Kremmling 1,476 4.8% $203,200
33 Julesburg 1,299 7.7% $91,300
34 Wiggins 1,033 3.2% $162,700
35 Colorado City 2,316 11.3% $172,100
36 Ault 2,054 7.4% $179,200
37 Platteville 2,664 4.3% $187,200
38 Idaho Springs 1,970 8.7% $200,000
39 Bennett 2,291 7.9% $181,300
40 Burlington 3,834 3.2% $116,000
41 Penrose 3,176 9.3% $173,800
42 Mancos 1,714 5.7% $186,600
43 La Salle 2,754 7.8% $171,100
44 Kersey 1,825 7.1% $163,000
45 Laporte 2,357 4.0% $269,100
46 Silt 3,051 6.2% $223,900
47 Dolores 1,005 2.4% $168,900
48 Lincoln Park 3,035 4.9% $167,900
49 West Pleasant View 4,220 9.6% $262,200
50 Holyoke 2,316 0.7% $125,400
51 Nederland 1,496 3.7% $352,600
52 Byers 1,212 4.0% $165,000
53 Silverthorne 4,364 2.8% $593,400
54 Leadville North 1,786 3.4% $228,800
55 Ridgway 1,064 4.6% $372,200
56 Pierce 1,049 3.6% $157,100
57 Dacono 4,929 4.7% $209,100
58 Keenesburg 1,394 2.9% $198,300
59 Keystone 1,187 1.4% $683,500
60 Leadville 2,645 2.7% $167,200
61 Dillon 1,062 8.1% $484,800
62 Hayden 1,794 1.6% $207,900
63 Palmer Lake 2,643 4.7% $239,300
64 El Jebel 4,062 4.5% $504,100
65 Rangely 2,169 2.6% $168,400
66 Georg 1,141 4.4% $261,400
67 Breckenridge 4,833 2.4% $433,300
68 Elizabeth 1,075 1.4% $221,500
69 Ponderosa Park 3,455 5.4% $371,300
70 Minturn 1,141 2.1% $522,600
71 Basalt 3,849 5.9% $554,700
72 Mead 4,315 5.4% $343,500
73 Strasburg 2,888 3.8% $230,900
74 Buena Vista 2,720 2.3% $221,800
75 Bayfield 2,576 2.6% $265,600
76 Crested Butte 1,385 3.6% $540,800
77 Eaton 4,931 1.8% $243,400
78 Telluride 1,921 1.7% $764,400
79 Mount Crested Butte 1,018 1.4% $378,300
80 New Castle 4,663 2.0% $308,100
81 Inverness 1,808 10.0% $502,900
82 Coal Creek 1,952 1.0% $361,000
83 Perry Park 1,871 3.9% $514,600
84 Holly Hills 2,797 5.7% $370,400
85 Severance 3,816 2.1% $283,500
86 Meridian 3,382 5.1% $413,900
87 Timnath 2,422 1.2% $464,500
88 Frisco 2,977 0.0% $577,000
89 Genesee 3,670 3.6% $646,700
90 Lyons 2,085 3.5% $462,100
91 Niwot 4,445 2.7% $642,400
92 Acres Green 2,824 3.5% $292,100

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