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Retire to Colorado

Colorado became the 38th state to join the Union in 1876. Colorado is a Western state with Utah to the west and Kansas and Nebraska to the east.

San Juan Mountains
San Juan Mountains, Colorado
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Large cities include Denver, the capital, Colorado Springs and Aurora.

Colorado's topography is diverse and ranges from the high, rolling plains in the east to the spectacular peaks of the Rocky Mountains to high desert mesas in the southwest and northwest.

The climate is just as diverse as the geography with cooler temperatures and higher amounts of precipitation at higher elevations. Towns in the mountains get upwards of 25 inches of precipitation per year with the desert regions getting less than 10.

Leading sectors in Colorado's economy are agriculture, particularly cattle, energy (oil, gas and wind), federal government scientific research and national defense, gold mining and tourism. Colorado ranks as a moderate tax state.

Retirement Cities

Colorado is a favorite of retirees and six places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Colorado videos.

Boulder, CO
To the Boulder, CO City Report
Ranks high in: Home Price Appreciation, Building Permit Growth, Family Income, Natural Hazard Risk, Man-Made(Nuclear) Hazard Risk, Recreation
Population: 103,166
City Type: College Town, Mountains
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
Ft Collins, CO
To the Ft Collins, CO City Report
Ranks high in: Home Price Appreciation, Nearest Big City, Man-Made(Nuclear) Hazard Risk
Population: 152,061
City Type: Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
Durango, CO
To the Durango, CO City Report
Ranks high in: Man-Made(Nuclear) Hazard Risk
Population: 17,557
City Type: Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
Aspen, CO
To the Aspen, CO City Report
Ranks high in: Population Growth, Air Quality, Water Quality, Family Income, Natural Hazard Risk, Man-Made(Nuclear) Hazard Risk, Recreation
Population: 6,728
City Type: Mountains
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
Colorado Springs, CO
To the Colorado Springs, CO City Report
Ranks high in: Big City Home Price Comparison, Water Quality, Medical Care, Man-Made(Nuclear) Hazard Risk
Population: 439,886
City Type: College Town, Mountains
Climate Type: Cool & Dry
Vail, CO
To the Vail, CO City Report
Ranks high in: Population Growth, Air Quality, Water Quality, Family Income, Natural Hazard Risk, Man-Made(Nuclear) Hazard Risk, Recreation
Population: 5,311
City Type: Mountains, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Cool & Dry








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