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Award Winning City With Easy Access to the Boulder/Denver Metropolitan Area

Unlike the city in Kentucky which shares its name, this Colorado city is pronounced "Lewis-ville”. A sunny, lively town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Louisville offers employment in high-tech, telecom, aerospace, energy and health care within its borders, and an easy commute to Boulder and Denver. With one of the most educated populations in the nation, Louisville schools rank among the best in Colorado.

The city takes care of its residents. The Public Library and Avista Hospital have both won awards of excellence. In addition, the city has paid attention to protecting its natural resources; 33% of Louisville is preserved as open space.

With a residential population of only 18,700, Louisville offers the benefits of small-town living with easy access to the amenities of two thriving metropolitan areas. It’s notable that four publications have chosen this city as one of the best places to live and raise a family in the U.S.: CNN/Money, Money Magazine, Family Circle and the book, Best Places to Raise Your Family

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Qualities which make Louisville, CO a good choice to live include:

1. Cost of Living: In this award-winning, acclaimed small city, residents enjoy excellent employment opportunities, a variety of housing options, top rated schools, and low crime rates – factors which keep property values at a steady high. With a cost of living of 132.6, Louisville is one of the more expensive North Denver areas to live in, but more affordable than Boulder, which is rated at 145.0. The costs of food and utilities are below the national average; housing is the main factor that makes the city a more expensive place to live.

2. Educational System: There are six public schools and six private schools in Louisville. With some of the best schools in greater Denver, most schools offer Advanced Placement courses and programs for the gifted-and-talented. Colorado School Grades ranks these K-12 Schools with a grade of B or better:Elementary: Louisville, Coal Creek Middle Schools: Monarch, Louisville High Schools: Monarch. See more at Colorado School Grades. Louisville has one of the most highly educated populations of any metropolitan area in the country: nearly all (96%) graduated from high school, 37% of residents have a 4-year college degree and 23% have a graduate degree. That’s phenomenal when you consider the state average, 88%, 22%, 11% respectively—and Colorado is one of the more educated states in the nation.

3. Employment Opportunities: Centrally located in at the foot of the Rockies, Louisville is home to several high-technology companies, including the Space Systems component of Sierra Nevada Corporation, a prime systems integrator for commercial spacecraft and one of the few chosen by NASA to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. The five largest employers in Louisville are the following: Avista Adventist Hospital with 600 employees, GHX with 300 employees, Gaiam with 231 employees, Medtronic with 200 employees, and Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies with 175 Employees. Current job growth is on par with the state. Projected to be 40% over the next 10 years, future job growth in Louisville tops expectations for the state (35%) and nation (32%).

4. Real Estate Values: Due to the city’s proximity to Boulder and Denver, its median home value of $356,600 is significantly above the state average of $200,300. Likewise, a high percentage of residents, 69%, own their own home and vacancy rates remain low: 4.5%, which is less than half the state average.

5. Health and Safety: Within the city’s borders are two hospitals: Centennial Peaks and Avista Adventist Hospital. The nationally recognized, award-wining Avista is a comprehensive medical center providing a full-range of medical specialties. In 2010 the maternity and intensive care units won national recognition for exceptionally high levels of patient satisfaction. The maternity unit scored the highest of 97 hospitals evaluated; the intensive care unit was 1 of 3 out of 250 hospitals to be recognized. Louisville is safer than 64% of U.S. cities. Your chances of becoming a victim of violent crime are extremely low: 1 in 1168. Click for more on crime rates in Louisville.

6. Commute Time and Public Transportation: With excellent access to Highway 36 and the Northwest Parkway, the average commute time is just 24 minutes. An unusually high percentage of residents work from home: currently 9.7%, which is nearly twice the national average. From Louisville, drive time to Interlocken Business Park takes 4 minutes, to Boulder and the University of Colorado: 10 minutes, to the Denver Tech Center: 40 minutes. In addition to excellent access to major traffic arteries, Louisville is scheduled to have commuter train service to both Denver and Boulder within four years.

7. Culture, Entertainment, and Shopping: Louisville provides its residents with 26 city parks, 1800 acres of open space, and 26 miles of trails and bicycle paths. The Louisville Recreation Center is a full-service recreation center, offering everything from summer day camps to a senior center. The award-winning $9 million Louisville Public Library, with one of the highest circulation rates in Colorado, offers study rooms, teen areas, and a fireside reading room. With breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, Coal Creek Golf Course provides a top-notch golf experience for players of all abilities. Designed by golf course architect Dick Phelps, this 18-hole, 72-par course features numerous water obstacles, elevation changes, tree-lined fairways and strategically placed bunkers. Louisville’s vibrant retail presence includes national chains such as Kohl's, Home Depot, Lowe's, Hobby Lobby, Albertson's, Blockbuster, Big Lots, and Napa Auto Parts. A retail center anchored by King Soopers is located on South Boulder Road as it runs through Louisville. Highway 36 takes residents to all of the attractions of Metro Denver in 25 minutes. If your destination is the mountains, you can drive to Eldora and Loveland Ski Areas and the Rocky Mountain National Park in less than an hour.

8. History and Development: The town of Louisville dates back to the rough mining days and the start of the Welch Coal Mine in 1877. Louis Nawatny, a local landowner who platted his land, named the town for himself. The town became incorporated five years later. After the last remaining coal mines operating in Louisville closed in the 1950s, the city made a transition to a suburban residential community. But don’t let the city’s “coal mine past” mislead you about its quality of life – An impressive array of publications have recognized Louisville as one of the best places to live in the U.S. Outstanding factors include financial opportunity, education and family life, leisure and culture, and overall quality of life. CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Louisville 5th in 2005; 3rd in 2007; 1st in 2009 and 2011 on their list of 100 best places to live in the U.S. Bert Perling & Peter Sander, authors of the book Best Places to Raise Your Family: 1st in 2006. Family Circle magazine placed Louisville among the top ten "Best Towns for Families" in 2012.

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