New ranking: Colorado is 5th best state to live in

Colorado placed fifth in a ranking of best states to live in for 2019.

The ranking, titled “2019’s Best States to Live in,” was published Tuesday by the personal finance website WalletHub.

WalletHub ranked states using five criteria – affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety – broken down into 51 different metrics.

“We determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the states in our sample,” WalletHub said.

Colorado’s overall score is 61.14, ranking fifth. Only New Jersey, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Massachusetts, which took the top spot, placed ahead of the Centennial State.

WalletHub recently ranked Colorado as the third best state in the country for job hunters. Another ranking by U.S. News & World Report said Colorado has the top economy in the nation.

Colorado added 9,500 jobs from March to April and the state’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent.

The strong economy and access to the outdoors has contributed to population growth over the past decade, with a total population of almost 5.7 million, up from 5 million in 2010. Almost every city in the state saw population growth last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau numbers.

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