Money magazine listed Louisville as the best place to live in its 2011 “Best Places to Live” list. Money ranks towns smaller than 50,000 every two years and in an unprecedented move ranked Louisville number one in both 2009 and 2011.
According to CNNMoney.com, "This sunny, lively mountain town is safe (crime rates are among the lowest in Colorado) and easy to navigate. Lots of good jobs in tech, telecom, aerospace, clean energy, and health care can be found right in Louisville, and more are on their way. And there’s world-class mountain biking, hiking, and skiing in the nearby Rockies. Real estate prices have barely budged since 2005, yet a typical three-bedroom house here still runs less than a comparable one in nearby Boulder. Its schools consistently rank among the top three academically in the Denver area."
Mayor Chuck Sisk noted “this is just another indication of the quality of life that we have to offer in Louisville. Our residents make Louisville a great place to live and that combined with our great City services has created a sense of community of which we can all be proud.”
The list was based on criteria including town size (7,500 – 50,000 residents), income levels, education scores, crime rates, income and cost-of-living data, housing affordability, and school quality among others.
In 2007 and 2005, the City was listed as #3 and #5 respectively on the Money list and in 2006 Louisville was listed as number one in Best Places to Raise Your Family: The Top 100 Affordable Communities in the U.S. (Frommer's, $24.99).