Best Places’ Ranking Stokes Cities’ Space Rivalry
Drawing Conclusions: U.S. News & World Report releases annual ranking of the Best Places to Live, Colorado cities among them.
Colorado Springs jumped to No. 2 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the Best Places to Live, released in May. Meanwhile, Boulder slipped to No. 4 after holding the No. 1 spot the previous two years.
The city that edged out Colorado Springs for No. 1 in the ranking is particularly interesting, maybe even irritating. That would be Huntsville, Alabama, which was tapped by former President Donald Trump to replace Colorado Springs as the headquarters of U.S. Space Command, a move Colorado Springs leaders are vigorously fighting.
Elsewhere in the ranking, Denver and Fort Collins both dropped precipitously – Fort Collins dropping to No. 54 after ranking No. 17 last year, and the Mile High City falling to No. 55, down from No. 14 a year ago.
The annual list ranks 150 of the largest U.S. municipalities, weighing factors such as unemployment rate, housing costs, household income, crime rate, education, health care and air quality.
Rounding out the top five in this year’s ranking were No. 3 Green Bay, Wisconsin, and No. 5 San Jose, California.