The August 2009 edition of Outside Magazine ranked America’s best cities and came to the conclusion Colorado Springs was at the top of the list. Here’s how they compiled their list:
“First, we started with the 100 most populated cities in America, using public data to rank them on factors like cost of living, unemployment, nightlife, commute time, and access to green spaces. Then we took the 28 candidates with the highest overall averages and put them through a second round of number crunching, comparing things like the percentage of the population with college degrees, income level in relation to home prices, and weather. The wild card? Our own multisport factor, which rated each of our finalists on a scale of 1 to 5 for quality and proximity to biking, running, paddling, hiking, and skiing. After adding it all up, we had our top ten.”
Important attributes they liked included our weather, access to huge amounts of wilderness and world-class skiing, education of our citizens and the great ratio of income to cost of living. Check out the entire article to see why the editors chose Colorado Springs as the best city in America.