DENVER AND THE WESTCastle Rock lands in Money’s top 10 best small cities to live in

By John Aguilar
The Denver Post
POSTED: 09/24/2014 12:01:00 AM MDT4 COMMENTS

Jesse Arellano makes a latte for a customer at Cookies and Crema in Castle Rock, Colorado.Jesse Arellano makes a latte for a customer at Cookies and Crema in Castle Rock, Colorado. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

Castle Rock landed at the No. 4 spot on Money magazine’s list of “50 Best Places to Live in America” for cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.

The Douglas County seat was the only Colorado community in its size class to make the top 10, which Money released this week.

“Castle Rock residents know how blessed we are to live here,” Mayor Paul Donahue said. “We’ve worked together to open a new hospital, and soon we will open a brand new park. Still, we hold on to our heritage and our small-town feel.”

Centennial and Boulder were at No. 13 and No. 23, respectively.

Money magazine, which started with a list of 780 cities in that population range, looked at the local economy, housing market, schools, health care and more to form its rankings.