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Why Money Magazine Ranked Lone Tree America's 7th Best Place to Live

May 14th, 2018

Last year, Money Magazine ranked the Denver suburb of Lone Tree the seventh best place to live in the United States. Just 18 miles south of downtown Denver, Lone Tree offers residents convenient access to the Colorado capital’s cultural offerings and job opportunities. It also boasts a thriving economy, and plenty opportunities for entertainment and recreation. Here’s a look at some of the advantages of living in the south Denver metro suburb, home to AMLI RidgeGate.

Ideal suburban location

The nearby Denver Light Rail and RTD bus stops make it easy to get to downtown Denver using public transportation. And if you have a car, four I-25 access points make getting out of Lone Tree a breeze. Colorado Springs is a 40-minute drive, Boulder and Broomfield are both less than an hour’s drive and the foothills community of Golden is even closer. Whether you’re seeking urban amenities or natural beauty, nearby options abound.

Retail, dining, entertainment and cultural offerings

For a city with a population of 15,000, Lone Tree punches above its weight where retail, arts, and culture are concerned. It’s home to Park Meadows Mall, Colorado’s largest shopping center. Park Meadows’ 1.6 million square feet house more than 160 retailers and attract shoppers from throughout Denver metro. And thanks to the Lone Tree Arts Center, culture lovers don’t always have to make the trek into Denver to enjoy a concert, theater performance, or art exhibition. The institute’s impressive calendar features a diverse range of performing arts events. It also hosts Lone Tree’s popular Tunes on the Terrace summer concert series.

Healthy economy

Cost of living, median income, unemployment rate, availability of good jobs, and other economic indicators factor into Money’s rankings. At just under 17,000, Lone Tree’s median household income is nearly twice the national average. At 2.7 percent, the unemployment is more than a full percentage point below the national average. And projected job growth of nearly 7.9 percent bodes well for those seeking jobs in the future. Another sign of Lone Tree’s economic health is its diversity in industry. Construction and real estate are booming, but the economy is not dependent on them. Lone Tree boasts thousands of jobs in the financial services, insurance, health care, telecommunications and retail.

Outdoor recreation opportunities

Lone Tree is home to Bluffs Regional Park, whose 3.5 miles of well-maintained trail afford excellent views of the Colorado Front Range Mountains. Climbing enthusiasts can reach Boulder’s iconic Flatirons in less than an hour. And the world-class ski resorts and Breckenridge and Keystone are both under two hours’ drive from AMLI RidgeGate. If you’re an active person who prefers to get your exercise outdoors, Lone Tree living won’t let you down.

Plenty of sunshine

Not only do Lone Tree and its environs afford a bounty of outdoor recreation opportunities. But with 245 days of sunshine per year and only 42 days with measurable precipitation, the city’s residents can actually take advantage of them. While some winter days are brutal, cold snaps rarely last long. The same goes for summer heatwaves, making Lone Tree’s climate one that residents of lower-lying cities with four seasons would trade for.

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