For the second time in a week, Gov.
Bill Ritter is cheering another national honor for Colorado, this time Money magazine's naming of Fort Collins as the second-best place to live in . America
"It's extremely rewarding to see this type of national recognition for
and our communities," Gov. Ritter said. " Colorado Fort Collins is one of 's priceless gems. As home to Colorado Colorado State University, innovative businesses and an overall high quality of life, truly deserves this honor." Fort Collins
The annual ranking of
's small cities will appear in the August issue of Money, which hits news stands July 21. An online version of the report was posted today. Here's what Money has to say about the 129,400-population America : Fort Collins
"One of the first things you notice about this
city is that practically every new road has a bike lane. Even the wheelless can get in on the action now that Rocky Mountain has a bike library: Residents and visitors can check out a bicycle for up to seven days, free. Fort Collins
historic district contains four microbreweries and more than two dozen restaurants. Bioscience and tech companies, including Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Kodak, keep employment opportunities high. Old Town occupies a scenic spot in the middle of town. And the city just received a grant from the Department of Energy to start a solar-energy project downtown." Colorado State University
The magazine also cited award-winning health care at Poudre Valley Health System, high-quality public schools and a number of other amenities.
Highlands Ranch, population 102,600, finished 12th out of the top 100 cities ranked by Money. "Just 12 miles southeast of
, Highlands Ranch is a young unincorporated community – only 27 years old this year," the magazine wrote. "Though the area is still unincorporated – you might not find it on a map – community is strong here." Denver
Cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000 were rated on numerous factors, including income, housing prices, cost of living, economy, weather, crime, traffic, schools, quality of life and more.
Money magazine's ranking follows last week's report by CNBC that named
Colorado one of the Top States for Business in America, putting at No. 5. CNBC praised Colorado 's New Energy Economy, the state's business friendly climate and overall quality of life. Colorado
Last month, the Milken Institute ranked Colorado No. 3 in the country for its strong technology sector, citing the state's highly educated workforce and high percentage of scientists and engineers.