Dakota Ridge 79 Exceptional
Dakota Ridge Livability #20 ranked city in Colorado#1,911 ranked city in the USARanks better than 93% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Dakota Ridge

  • Commute

    A high commute score suggests convenient, easy access to public transportation, with shorter-than-average work commute times to work.

  • Employment

    This area excels in the employment category with a score well above average, primarily due to the higher median home income, per capita income and low unemployment rates.

  • Housing

    High scores in the housing category are attributed to this area, possibly pointing to a favorable home affordability ratio, robust appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Health & Safety

    Achieving a high health and safety score relies on factors including great air quality and convenient access to vital health facilities such as hospitals, doctors, clinics and police stations.

  • Crime

    This area exhibits elevated crime rates per 100,000 residents, which may suggest it's a potentially unsafe place to reside. These rates encompass both property and violent crimes.

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What's it like Living in Dakota Ridge?

Dakota Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. The city has a population of 34,655 people. With a population density of 3,691 people per square mile, Dakota Ridge is well above the nation's average density level. The majority of Dakota Ridge residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. The average American spends about 26 minutes on their one way commute to work each day. Lower travel times can increase overall happiness and allow for more time to be spent with family and friends. While living in Dakota Ridge, your commute times will be about average, with a one way commute time of 29 minutes.

Living in Dakota Ridge can be a great experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Colorado, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! When searching for a new neighborhood, several factors play a vital role in determining its suitability. Safety should be a top priority, ensuring a secure environment with low crime rates. Proximity to your workplace or school helps minimize commuting time and allows for a better work-life balance. Availability of essential amenities such as parks, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and healthcare facilities contributes to convenience and well-being. Access to reliable public transportation options facilitates easy commuting and connectivity. Additionally, considering the sense of community and the overall atmosphere that resonates with your lifestyle and preferences fosters a harmonious living experience. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, commute, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Dakota Ridge and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Dakota Ridge to Colorado and the national average.

The livability score in Dakota Ridge is 79 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 94th percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the United States average, Dakota Ridge ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Dakota Ridge has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Dakota Ridge has higher than average grades for the following: housing (A+). On a less positive note, Dakota Ridge does not have favorable grades for the following: amenities (D), crime (D) and cost of living (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

The Dakota Ridge unemployment rate of 2.42% has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. The result could lead to reduced poverty and inequality in the area, higher wages and increased economic growth. This is a positive sign in the overall health of the local economy.

Finding affordable real estate and housing in Dakota Ridge can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

Assuming that Dakota Ridge meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Dakota Ridge. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Dakota Ridge are simply unattainable. The median home price for Dakota Ridge homes is $393,700, which is 48.8% higher than the Colorado average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Dakota Ridge, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 7.1% lower than the Colorado average.

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      Dakota Ridge transportation information

      Statistic Dakota Ridge Colorado National
      Average one way commute29min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work79.6%75.2%76.4%
      Workers who carpool5.9%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.6%3.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%1.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.7%3.0%2.8%
      Working from home10.8%7.0%4.6%
      Source: The Dakota Ridge, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).