We like to talk a lot about how much we like Montrose around here, and with good reason: Montrose, Colorado is an objectively great example of small-town America. It's no secret that I have a love for small towns, and if you do too, then you need to make Montrose the next town you check out.
As much as I like living in small towns, they aren't for everyone. My brother, for example, just can't stand being anywhere but New York City, while I absolutely hate the place. I'm sure the fact that I had to drive in and out of the city to get him there is coloring my opinion, but I still stand by it.
While I'm no fan of NYC, I can still admit that it is an objectively better place to live right now than Los Angeles, California. With a firm grasp of the obvious, I started to wonder if the same could really be said for Montrose. Is one of my favorite small towns one of the best places to live in the Centennial State?
Luckily, Stacker and Niche have put together a list of the best places to live in Colorado, ranking the top 25 towns. It turns out that finding an answer to my question was actually pretty easy. Small miracles, am I right?
So, was Montrose able to crack the top 25? Check out the full list of the best places to live in Colorado to find out:
LOOK: Full List of the Best Places to Live in Colorado
compiled a list of the best places to live in Colorado using data from Niche
. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com
On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.
PICTURES: See Inside Kevin Costner's Spectacular Colorado Ranch
Yellowstone star Kevin Costner lives the ranch life when he's off the set of the hit show, too. The Oscar-winning actor owns a 160-acre ranch in Aspen, Colo., that's a spectacular getaway, complete with a main residence, a lake house and a river house.
The luxury retreat also features a baseball field, a sledding hill, an ice rink, multiple hot tubs and views of the Continental Divide. The ranch property comfortably sleeps 27 people, and it's currently available to rent for 36,000 a night.
PICTURES: See Inside Dog the Bounty Hunter's Massive Colorado Mansion
Duane "Dog" Chapman sold this 6,200-square-foot home in Castle Rock, Colo. for a shade under $1.6 million. Photos show that every living space comes with expansive views of the mountains surrounding his home. Until recently, the Dog the Bounty Hunter
star lived in this mansion with wife Francie Frane. They're said to now be living in Florida.
Karen Beville and Scott Beville of Coldwell Banker listed the property. More details are available through Zillow