This one is for Lady D. Who has been going on and on about CO. Which is a place I'd love to move to if I had the freedom to just move somewhere. It's pretty, and as close to me as AZ is... so she has my blessing ;)
# 1 in the Best Places to Live 2009 list: Louisville, CO
Top 100 rank: 1
Typical single-family house: $325,000
Estimated property taxes: $1,590
Unemployment rate: 6.0% (county)
Fun fact: Rail service to Boulder and Denver is scheduled to begin in 2017.
Pluses: Hiking, biking, golfing, skiing…
Minuses: No major negatives (That’s why it’s No. 1!)
But the top reason residents give for moving here? The great outdoors. Louisville is laced with nearly 30 miles of trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is less than an hour away, and eight world-class ski resorts are within two hours. The town's schools are highly rated as well.
Add in dry, clear weather, little crime, good health care, and low taxes, and Louisville is pretty tough to beat.