FIRESTONE — The town of Firestone was recently ranked number 24 among the Best Places to Live among America’s Small Towns by Money Magazine.
The story from Money Magazine’s Aug. 12 issue, highlights the top 50 small towns that made the list.
“A Rocky Mountain hamlet that’s experienced a massive population boost (up 432 percent from 2000 to 2010) thanks to low taxes and new housing developments, Firestone’s real estate market continues to grow,” the article reads. “Still, the town has maintained its open spaces and offers plenty of outdoor recreation, including St. Vrain’s State Park, where visitors can camp, fish, and hike. Firestone does have some shops and restaurants but lacks an extensive downtown. Fortunately, Boulder is about 30 minutes away.”
Mayor Chad Auer said this is a tremendous honor to be recognized among the top 25 communities in the nation.
“In my opinion, this is a testament to the community. Since taking office in 2008, I have continually been impressed with the sense of pride in Firestone. A neighbor helping each other is the norm,” Auer said. “We work together, compete together, get in shape together and support each other.”
Auer said praised the community’s values as part of why the magazine singled the town out.
“We also value fiscal responsibility, we honor veterans and we celebrate America together,” Auer said. “I know I am biased, but I am really proud to live in Firestone and this community deserves this recognition.”
Town Manager Wesley LaVanchy said, “I believe this honor is a tribute to the dedicated staff, volunteers and citizens in Firestone, as well as the authentic leadership from elected officials, boards and commissions.”
Money Magazine used statistics from data services company Onboard Informatics and other sources to compile the list of 2013 Best Places to Live. Screenings included U.S. towns with populations between 10,000 and 50,000, medium family income, job growth, housing appreciation and affordability, safety, schools, health care and economy.
Sharon, Mass., received the magazine’s top honor this year, with Colorado city Louisville taking the runner-up spot. The only other Colorado municipality to make the list was Parker at No. 12.