Colorado is home to best mid-sized cities: study

Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:03pm EDT
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By Chelsea Emery

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Forget California dreaming. Colorado offers the best quality of life and job possibilities, according to a study released on Wednesday.

Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs took three spots out of 10 in an analysis of mid-sized cities with healthy economies, moderate living costs, light traffic and strong educational systems, according to business news website

A study "of best mid-sized places to live can serve as a resource for those who are trying to start a business in new territories," J. Jennings Moss, editor of, said in a statement.

Boulder ranked No. 1, followed by Provo, Utah.

The others in the top 10 were Fort Collins; Madison, Wisconsin; Ogden, Utah; Holland, Michigan; Colorado Springs; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Des Moines, Iowa; and Manchester, New Hampshire. compared 109 medium-sized markets with populations between 250,000 and 750,000.


Those seeking freedom from choking traffic jams and long commutes may want to pay particular attention.   Continued...

<p>A view of the Victoria's Secret store in the Twenty Ninth Street shopping district in Boulder, Colorado in this June 13, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files</p>