Several small cities from region ranked among Colorado’s best

Out of 1,268 small cities studied, Lafayette was ranked third in Colorado and 48th nationwide on WalletHub’s list of 2015’s Best & Worst Small Cities in America this week.

The study, which looked at cities and towns with a population between 25,000 and 100,000 people, used 22 metrics including housing costs, cost-of-living, affordability, quality of life, education and health-care systems, unemployment rates, income growth, crime rates, average commute times and recreational activities.

Littleton and Parker were ranked one and two, respectively, in Colorado. Nationally, Littleton was ranked second and Parker was No. 19. Princeton, N.J. was ranked No. 1 nationwide.

Other municipalities in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado regions that made the list included Broomfield, ranked No. 4 in the state and 114th nationwide; Longmont, No. 8 and 230th; Loveland, 11 and 393; Greeley, 13 and 476; and Brighton, 14 and 612.

WalletHub, based in Washington, D.C., collects and analyzes financial information for consumers and small businesses.