Springs, Denver make ‘most livable’ list

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Those looking to leave college life behind — whether via graduation or frustrated abandonment — may be interested in parentless places where they can live on the cheap while slaving to repay student loans.

Well, now there’s a list for that.

Vocativ.com just posted its own Livability Index, which the company calls a “semi-exhaustive, mostly scientific guide to America’s [35] most livable cities” — and Colorado Springs barely sneaks in at No. 35.

Denver made No. 9, while the list’s top five cities were Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin and Portland respectively.

“We started with the 50 most populous cities in the country, according to the 2010 census, and pared down results from there using Open Internet sources,” according to the company’s website. “Our Livability Index takes into account essential indicators for those between 18 and 35, like average salary, employment rates, and the cost of rent and utilities measured against everyday factors like bike lanes for commuting, low-cost broadband and the availability of good, cheap takeout.”

The list cites various other factors of appeal to dudes and dames in their younger years: the cost of groceries, ranking on the green commuter index and the number of coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, cheap restaurants and music venues per 100,000 residents. Oh yeah, and the affordability of cigarettes, beer and high-quality marijuana.

The city fared all right in most of these categories — better even in smokin’ and tokin’ — but where the Springs really shines is in the dating arena, according to the list. Based on Vocativ’s findings, 10.7 percent of the local population is made up of young, single and active Facebook users.

So, if you’re lookin’ for love, move to the Springs so you can sit around and take advantage of your $23 web service.

“[W]e thought it was high time to crunch the numbers and figure out where the hell you can actually live these days and still retain some self-respect,” it says on the site.