COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs is the fifth-best place to live in America, according to U.S. News and World Report.
“We are very proud that Colorado Springs was ranked the fifth best city in America to live,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.
The website released its 2016 Best Places to Live list on Wednesday. Denver was ranked #1, followed by Austin, Texas; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
“I think it’s a tribute to the whole state of Colorado what a great place this is to live, work, and play,” said Doug Price, President of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The website factored in data from the United States Census Bureau, the FBI, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They also factored in U.S. News rankings of the best high schools and best hospitals. They surveyed thousands of people across the country to find out what makes a place desirable.
“This is a very clear indication that the people in the United States in the know are recognizing the very positive trajectory that Colorado Springs is on,” said Suthers.
Suthers said earning a top spot on a list by U.S. News and World Report means a little more than some of the other lists the city has made in the past.
“Did you know, for example, Colorado Springs was ranked number one in the Wall Street Journal for singles looking for love?” he said.
And he believes this list will draw the attention of a lot more than just single people.
“The U.S. News and World Report has a history of very high credibility rankings. It’s the organization that ranks colleges and universities in America and that ranking system has a great deal of credibility. And it’s a magazine that is read by businesspeople throughout the world,” he said.
The list ranks the 100 most populous cities in the U.S.>> See the full list.