Explore the best suburbs to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.
Current Resident:It's a great place to live! I love how everything is close to each other making it really easy to plan outings for a family. Also there are many open spaces and parks in the area that are well maintained which is great for the spring, summer, and fall activities. I would like to see less construction in the area. The items for construction have just been left there and it seems that construction has stopped for some reason and even though we need the improved roads its causing far to much trouble with traffic. More about Superior
Current Resident:Louisville is a fantastic small suburban town ideal for families due to it's safe, quiet atmosphere that is isolated from densely populated areas while also existing in the center of the Denver-Boulder area. Louisville is known for its excellent parks and wildlife sanctuarys, and extensive recreational activities. Louisville has a very welcoming and friendly community with plenty of family owned businesses downtown, and many common food and grocery store chains located closer to the perimeter. You can expect easy transportation to nearby businesses and schools by both well maintained bike paths and roads and a very good public transportation system. Louisville also has an excellent view of the Flat Irons over Boulder, and is no more than 45 minutes from the closest ski resort. More about Louisville
Former Resident:Spray paint decor, a homeless person with dreadlocks on every other corner, bicycling, bright colors, and the jagged foothills that line the west end of the sky: This is Boulder. If anything is gorgeously unusual, you can find it here. The homes are expensive, but the historical district is beautiful enough to make you consider spending your entire savings account. There are activities for everyone. If you like nightlife, Pearl Street offers a variety of bars. There is hiking, bicycling, aerial circus, and rock climbing for the adventurous. The artists can take art classes at the local college, stroll though parks full of sculptures, or spend hours painting along boulder creek. The only disadvantage is that fast food is scare. Numerous Whole Foods and local groceries offer healthy choices for health nuts, vegetarians, vegans, and more! More about Boulder
Niche User:My neighborhood has great schools, restaurants, businesses and other activities within a close proximity. It is also extremely safe and recognized as a great neighborhood! More about Cherry Creek
Current Resident:Highlands Ranch is a fairly new suburb in Colorado and I think it is definitely a great place to grow up and raise a family. It is very welcoming and has many great opportunities to get involved with the community. There is never nothing that is going on! There are great schools and roads in Highlands Ranch. In general, it is a very nice-looking area that attracts many families. Although Highlands Ranch is a great suburb it lacks uniqueness that really makes it stand apart from any other suburb in the Denver metropolitan area. More about Highlands Ranch
Current Resident:I have lived in Lafayette for my entire life, and the town has grown tremendously in positive ways over the past 17 years. There are many different elementary schools, one of which focuses on TAG students and another that focuses on teaching students to be bilingual. The middle school and high school are also very good schools. Main street (public road) is a very lovely center of town, and since the creation of Eats and Sweets and Festival Plaza, extremely family friendly. There are places for children, teens, and adults alike in the town, including parks, recreational facilities, and specialty coffee houses, and many new and local beer breweries. The town has a large Hispanic population, which everyone in the area embraces wholeheartedly. There is a very nice mix of chain and local businesses that give the town a unique atmosphere. Overall it is a very nice place to live! More about Lafayette
Niche User:The community I live in is one of the best communities in the country! I have lived there for 20 years and watched it grow and get better. I personally went to preschool, elementary, junior high, and high school in the community and can honestly say it was an amazing school district and I learned a lot. My neighborhood has a ton of parks for families and children to go to. I always feel safe in my community. More about Stonegate
Parent:The people in my neighborhood have generally moved here to start and raise families - along with an older generation that has been here since it's inception (1972?). We leave our doors unlocked at times! Very pet-friendly and very close to a nice outdoor mall and groceries. Schools also (elementary, junior high, high school) highly ranked nationally and very important if you want to raise your kids here. Awesome public schools in this neighborhood. We plan on staying until there is a life change that warrants moving away.
The experience of living here is one of gratitude and happiness and I do not see at this time any reason I would want to live elsewhere ... we have a neighborhood pool and lots of neighborhood activities (holidays etc) I do not foresee a significant change to the quality of life here in Colorado or our neighborhood specifically.
Not all is rosy, though. Gun violence at our local high school has been horrifying. I haven't live many places other than here, so I cannot make an educated guess as to this neighborhood compared to others - I remain hopeful and grateful. More about Centennial
Current Resident:Parker is a great place to live for people of all ages. It's a convenient location with tons of activities to do all within a five to fifteen minute drive. Parker's great location sits between two shopping malls including Park Meadows and Southlands. Among the choices of things to do there are hundreds of restaurants to try, several movie theaters, lots of shops, and wonderful places to hang out and enjoy the area. One of my favorite places in Parker is Mainstreet. Here you can enjoy a big family park with a beautiful gazebo and two rows of shops and restaurants. On Sundays Mainstreet is a center for a super farmer's market with food, music, and fun. On the Holidays there is always something exciting happening on Mainstreet. Around Christmas the entire street of Old town Parker is lit up with the most brilliant lights including large white snowflakes dangling from the biggest trees. It might just be my favorite place in Parker only there are too many places to choose from. More about Parker
Former Resident:Greenwood Village is a very safe neighborhood. It is well maintained and very friendly. The local police maintain police presence not that its needed but its a nice piece of mind. The schools in the area are safe and very good. This is a family area with great places to eat and awesome family parks! Also great places for family outings such as jump street and the movies. There are also places for just mom and dad to go if they want to have a date night. More about Greenwood Village
Current Resident:Erie used to be a sleepy old mining town, that has grown exponentially in size, with more and more professionals of all fields moving into Colorado. Erie's suburbs expand every day, while Old towne Erie, where I live, still maintains its old-fashioned charm. Everybody knows their neighbors here, and the community sticks together tightly. I really like how everyone is actively involved in town hall meetings. The only thing that is sad to watch is more and more oil and gas companies moving into town and erecting drilling rigs right in the communities. More about Erie
Current Resident:Wonderful small, quiet community, very close to all conveniences! Elementary school are great (especially the charter), but middle school, high school is just average. Raised two kids here and would recommend it. More about Castle Pines
Current Resident:Seated in the middle of Denver and Boulder, Broomfield has the best of both, and a direct commute to both. Broomfield offers a quiet place to relax and take it easy. Although there aren't many places to go bar-hopping, Broomfield makes up for it with charm. Smaller owner-operated breweries and bars have selections that rival big chains. Broomfield is included in the Boulder Valley School District, which is one of the best in Colorado for K-12 education. This fact attracts many parents to buy homes in Broomfield. The area is very family friendly. Being close to the mountains, miles of trails through open space are available and well-maintained. The price of living has been steadily going up making it more difficult for young people just starting out to find footing, however, new constructions are adding more housing at a more affordable. More about Broomfield
Current Resident:Genesee is a bedrooom community in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains west of Golden, Colorado. The area is picturesque with beautiful expansive views of the Denver or the Continental Divide. Denver Parks maintains a buffalo herd and elk, mule deer, and many other animals traverse the area. A bike/walking path has recently been added, but the entire area has light traffic making it amendable to walkers, runners, and cyclists. More about Genesee
Current Resident:I have lived in Littleton, Colorado for the past 18 years. I moved here from Florida. I met my husband here and raised my kids here. My church is here. Littleton has everything that I need in a community and I rarely have to travel outside my area. There are many restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, and shopping. I have many gyms to choose from and the walking trails are extensive. The schools that may children attended were great and the teachers care. I can't see moving out of this area even though my kids have gone off to college. Littleton is beautiful! More about Littleton
Current Resident:Golden is a great medium-sized town which is less of a suburb/urban sprawl of Denver, and more it's own town. It has a really nice, little downtown with a river, parks, stores, restaurants. And, it's only a 15 minute drive or so west of Denver. It's a college town, home to the Colorado School of Mines, a highly ranked engineering school. The biggest industry in town is the Coors Brewery (now MillerCoors), and there are several small microbreweries as well. It is surrounded on all sides by the Rocky Mountain foothills and the two Table Mountains, mesas to the east. Opportunities for hiking, mountain and road biking, kayaking abound, right within town. The downside is, because of the surrounding mountains, Golden has little room to expand, and because of its desirability, real estate prices have skyrocketed. More about Golden