Louisville: "Eco-Hipster" Free Since 2009?

July 2009

Nestled south of Boulder, Louisville is the No. 1 city in America, according to Money magazine, in part because it is uncluttered by hordes of "pretentious eco-hipsters." The magazine praises the down-to-earth side of the city---amenities like the cozy Waterloo Ice House and a Friday-night street fair with live music and a beer garden throughout the summer. Louisville is "also weathering the economic downturn well. Robust industries in the area, such as high tech, energy, and health care, make county unemployment among the lowest in the state," Money writes, adding that the city's trails and relatively close proximity to Rocky National Park and ski areas makes it a gem. Louisville beat 99 other locales across the nation. As Beth Fenner, Money's assistant managing editor says, the economy figured big in Louisville's selection (via The Denver Post): "Louisville is amazing in that. Conoco-Phillips is building a huge facility there; there are a lot of employers in the area; it's near Boulder, so that's all great for them." Nearby Superior ranked No. 13 on Money's list, scoring high for its recreational opportunities and nearby employers, such as the University of Colorado, Sun Microsystems, and Ball Aerospace, writes the Denver Business Journal, which points out that five other Colorado cities that were on the list last year didn't make the cut this year, including Fort Collins, No. 2 last year.