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Retire in Broomfield, Colorado?
Overview: Once a rural bedroom community caught between Denver and Boulder, prosperous Broomfield has blossomed into a city with a distinct identity. It sits in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain foothills in north central Colorado and has grown by 20% in the last decade.
Broomfield is suburban with dozens of shiny new neighborhoods. Anthem Ranch is a lovely 55+ community with single family homes. The city also maintains parks, open space and miles of trails. The Paul Derda Recreation Center is surrounded by the 236-acre Broomfield Commons Park. The city's First Bank Center is a regional arena that attracts national names in music, politics, and sports. The public art committee, dedicated to creating a sense of place, oversees a wide variety of exhibits. The beautiful Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library shares space with the Broomfield Auditorium, and both support events, book groups, and classes.
Residents enjoy an art guild, a depot museum, and a civic orchestra. The Brunner Farmhouse is both a community gathering place and the city's connection to its agricultural past. It also hosts Broomfield's summer concert series. Restaurants are plentiful, and Flatirons Crossing Mall has national retailers.
Population: 65,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 26%
Cost of Living: 30% above the national average
Median Home Price: $445,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 14 of rain and 43 inches of snow per year. Humidity is low.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Lafayette, about five miles away, has a hospital that accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Lafayette, about five miles away, has a hospital that is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 54%
Is Colorado Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Broomfield is a nice city in a pretty locale. The University of Colorado's flagship campus is just 10 miles to the north in Boulder, and Denver's ample amenities are just 15 miles to the south.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Similar to California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.
The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.
With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.
The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
Population - 5,540,322
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 91%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 38%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 21%
White persons, not Hispanic - 68%
Median household income - $60,422
Median home value - $247,800
Social Security taxed? Yes
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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