10 Best Towns for Families: 2012

#6- Louisville, Colorado

Population: 18,181

Median Income: $85,979

Median Home Price: $349,500

Households with Kids: 39%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Great Schools Rating: 9

Yes, the views of the Rocky Mountains are downright spectacular. But for Kathy Pollicita, 52, a retirement center administrator, the real beauty of Louisville, located some 20 miles outside Denver, is the sense of camaraderie. Her neighbors all belong to a book club, wine club or other group. Kids gather at the 57,000-square-foot rec center, where her son David, 17, shoots hoops and daughter Lexi, 14, swims. And just about everyone shows up for the summer street fair, when the town throws itself a huge block party with music and games on Friday nights. “Teens even hang out with their parents, which is pretty neat,” says Kathy. She and husband Jim, 63, an education consultant, also appreciate the robust school system, where students regularly score above average on ACT and SAT exams. Voters have opened their pocketbooks to offer support, approving a property tax hike in 2010 that generated $22 million to restore state cuts and keep teacher salaries competitive. Says Jim: “We’ve got great weather, terrific schools and wholesome, inspiring surroundings—it would be tough not to be happy here.”

Good Deeds: For the past three years, Louisville Middle School has hosted a Winter Slam basketball game where eighth-graders square off against teachers, policemen and firefighters. The admission charge per person? One donated toy, which the students later wrap up and give to underprivileged kids.

via 10 Best Towns for Families: 2012.

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Posted on August 3, 2012, in Real Estate Stats and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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