Are you “hip, trendy and fun at heart”? Then Aspen is one of the top 10 places to live in Colorado, but not as cool as seven other towns in the Centennial State, according to a new real estate ranking — Keystone, Glendale, Gunbarrel and Superior among them.
The survey, by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, ranked cities state-by-state and nationally, based on criteria for what it deemed “social seekers.” It defined a social seeker as “those who are hip, trendy and fun at heart,” and used attributes like access to public transportation, volume of bars and restaurants, “happening nightlife” and entertainment to score cities and towns.
The social rankings, released this week, are part of Coldwell’s five-part “Best Places to Live” series, which will also grade places for suburbanites, adventurists, leisure seekers and culture buffs.
“Social seekers are drawn to the nightlife and action,” Coldwell president and COO Budge Huskey said in a press release, “while others we will explore in the series might prefer backyard barbecues and carpooling. By ranking the best places to live by lifestyle interests and personalities, we’re able to get to the heart of what makes individual cities and towns so special.”
With analysis provided by real estate information firm Onboard Informatics, the survey ranked Aspen the eighth best place in Colorado with a score of 537.2.
Boulder, the party-friendly Front Range college town, unsurprisingly ranked first with a score of 587.32.
Keystone, the Summit County ski resort area, ranked second.
Most of the top 10 is made up of towns in the Denver/Boulder region: Glendale (3), Denver (4), Lone Tree (5), Gunbarrel (6), Superior (7) and Greenwood Village (9).
Telluride ranks 10th.
Nationally, the survey ranked Manhattan as the best place for social life.