With a safe, friendly, small-town feeling and abundant recreational, shopping and entertainment opportunities, Castle Rock takes the No. 17 spot for the best places to live on CNN Money’s “Top Best Places to Live” list.
A far cry from its Wild West beginnings with roots in mining and railroads, this affluent town offers an updated taste of the Old West. Castle Rock has a historic downtown area, 265 acres of parks and 44 miles of trails.
Castle Rock’s efforts to become a major magnet for businesses have paid off with 44 businesses opening in the first quarter of 2012. A manufacturer for wind turbine parts recently moved to Castle Rock and officials have earmarked an economic development assistance fund of $5 million to bring new businesses to town.
As of 2012, Castle Rock’s population was just over 48,000 after having experienced a population growth of over 128%. The median home cost in Castle Rock is $269,300. The additional businesses and Castle Rock’s focus on commerce places Castle Rock’s unemployment rate well below the national average.
Castle Rock is perfectly situated between the state’s two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs. Castle Rock locals say that it’s tough to beat their spectacular views of the Front Range – from Pikes Peak in the south to Longs Peak in the north – and their enviable climate with clear days and blue skies being the norm.