4 Colorado Towns Named Best Towns In America With Fewer Than 10,000 Residents
Four tiny Colorado towns recently found themselves on a prestigious list. They were ranked as one of the "Best U.S Towns With Fewer Than 10,000 Residents." Which four Colorado communities made the cut?
The list, courtesy of Far & Wide, ranks the best towns to "... live in or visit." In the end, Colorado performed very well with four towns making the list. Texas only had one. Some states didn't appear on the list at all.
This list comes courtesy of Far & Wide, a site encouraging travelers of all types to "...see the world and enjoy adventures." The website states, "From big countries to small towns, we take people places."
What Criteria Did They Use?
Why small towns? According to Far & Wide, "It’s here where you’ll find people who welcome you like family, in addition to some of the most astonishing landscapes in the U.S. While America's larger cities are definitely worth a visit (or multiple), this list focuses on lesser-known towns with 10,000 residents or fewer."
How Are These Ranked?
For this list, the towns are ranked from most to least populated. All communities on this list have populations under 10,000. By the time you get to the end of the list, the town coming in at #1, Monowi, Nebraska, boasts a population of precisely one person.
Monowi, the smallest incorporated municipality in the United States, used to be home to two residents, Elsie and Rudy Eiler. Sadly, Rudy passed away in 2004, leaving Elsie as the only resident. She serves as the town's mayor, librarian, and bartender. As the town's only official, Elsie actually granted herself her own liquor license.
Colorado performed very well by placing four towns on this list. Another town, not in Colorado, but very close, and regarded by some as a Colorado community, came in at #80 on the list. Because of its proximity to the Colorado state line, it will be included on this list.
Interesting Thing To Note
Crunch the numbers, and you'll see that three of the four Colorado towns on the list are all within 83 miles of one another. Two of the towns are only about 12 miles apart, as the crow flies. To drive between them, though, thanks to the mountains, is about 73 miles.