Windsor dubbed eighth-best Colorado community for families
August 8, 2013
The top 10 Colorado communities for young families:
2: Highlands Ranch
5: Castle Rock
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Windsor this week received yet another nod as one of the top communities to live, reaffirming what many residents already knew about the often-called gem of northern Colorado.
Nerd Wallet, a national financial planning and comparison website, ranked Windsor as the eighth best community in the state for a young family to put down roots. The ranking took into account factors including the area's public schools and academic performance, affordability and whether the town or city continues to show signs of growth and prosperity. Specifically, Windsor was also lauded for its prime location in the tri-city area, recently rejuvenated downtown, thriving business scene and surge in outdoor activities including cycling and hiking.
"We're kind of an oasis in northern Colorado that a lot of people are just now discovering, and those of us who have been around for a while know that it's the greatest place in the state, if not in the country, to raise a family," said Mayor John Vazquez, who has a 13-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter of his own.
Fifty-seven communities with populations greater than 10,000 people were considered in the study, meaning Windsor topped 49 others including Durango and Littleton, which ranked Nos. 9 and 10, respectively. Each community was assigned a numeric value based on their different strengths and weaknesses. The top-ranking Colorado community was Superior, followed by Highlands Ranch, Louisville, Erie, Castle Rock, Parker and Broomfield.
Mike Anderson, who conducted the study with data from GreatSchools and the Census, said in an email the group has done similar studies across state lines and found that Colorado often rises to the top of the list. The only pitfall, he said, was that Colorado towns fall short on the affordability factor, especially when compared to the most family friendly communities in states like Illinois and North Carolina.
But as Vazquez sees it, the diversity and focus on small-town feel with "big city amenities" still win out over everything else.
"One thing we all have in common irrespective of whether or not we have kids or are retired or working is we have that sense of community and that importance of what it means to be a Windsorite."
Earlier this year, Chuck Anderson dubbed Windsor the 11th-best community in the country in his book "In Search of Eden — America's Best Small Cities," which he wrote after traveling for the better part of 50 years in search of the perfect place to live. He, too, touted the town's scenery, weather and downtown area. Windsor was the only Colorado community to make that list.