24 best places to live and work:
Runner-up: Louisville, Co; Best ‘burb
This Denver suburb regularly scores high on Best Places lists because of its schools, historic downtown, and 1,800 acres of open space. What’s new is an influx of restaurants (like farm-fresh Empire Lounge) that, say Louisville fans, rival the best in nearby Boulder. Cons? You mostly need a car to get around.
Median home price: $396,000
Great schools score: 9 out of 10