Residents of the mile-high city of Boulder should feel sky high about appearing on the Best Places to Live list for five straight years. This quirky community ranked high in categories like entrepreneurial startups, healthcare, microbreweries, outdoor recreation and social causes.
Boulder is home to the University of Colorado, and a nearby four-block Pearl Street Mall area features a number of top restaurants, popular shops and nightlife venues. Outdoor recreation attractions include the Rocky Mountains, crystal-clear streams and lush forest areas that provide opportunities to hike, fish, rock climb and bike. Speaking of bikes, Boulder has won numerous awards from the League of American Bicyclists for being a bike-friendly community. It's a great city to explore on two wheels.