Colorado Springs surpasses Denver in U.S. News rankings for best places to live

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - U.S. News has named Colorado Springs the number two city in the country to live and the number 44 best place to retire. The rankings put the Springs above Denver in both categories.

The recently released rankings analyzed the 125 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market, and a high quality of life.

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Best places to live according to U.S. News Rankings 2018:

#1 Austin, Texas
#2 Colorado Springs, Colo.
#3 Denver, Colo.
#4 Des Moines, Iowa
#5 Fayetteville, Ark.
#6 Portland, Ore.
#7 Huntsville, Ala.
#8 Washington, D.C.
#9 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
#10 Seattle, Wash.

"Colorado Springs might not jump off the map as an economic or cultural hub the way larger metro areas like Denver do. But in a quieter, gentler way, Colorado Springs has much to offer, including a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate, and a variety of recreation and entertainment options," according to Peter Fecteau on the U.S. News website. "Colorado Springs attracts students, professionals and military personnel to the area with a cache of military bases and nationally ranked colleges. Plus, construction in Colorado Springs is booming, with new residences popping up alongside quality schools, parks and cultural attractions."