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The top cities to live and learn in the West 2011

What are most family-friendly towns in the Western states? From beautiful coastal hamlets to brainy college enclaves, we found the 10 best cities for housing and public schools.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Greenwood Village, CO

Education quality score: 87.55
Median home price: $552,020
Population: 13.762

Just south of Denver, Greenwood Village is an appealing locale for parents looking to settle in the mountain West. The community is educated and its economy robust — Greenwood Village is headquarters for major companies including eBags, the Red Robin restaurant chain, and Western Union. It's the site of Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre (recently rechristened Comfort Dental Amphitheatre), the area's largest outdoor amphitheater, and nearby Westlands Park, which features soccer fields and playgrounds. And downtown Denver is less than 15 miles away.

Greenwood Village's six elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools (in the Cherry Creek and Littleton School Districts) pride themselves on their superlative achievements. Thirteen Cherry Creek schools and five Littleton schools received the Colorado Department of Education’s “John Irwin Award,” which recognizes the top eight percent of schools that demonstrate the highest achievement on statewide assessments. Meanwhile, schools in the Littleton district, nationally recognized for its Inspired Writing program, typically score 15 percentage points higher than the state average on standardized tests. Littleton High School's class of 2009 was awarded nearly $30 million in college scholarships, and in 2011 eight district seniors were named National Merit Finalists.

Learn more about schools in Greenwood Village, CO.

Photo credit:Metro Denver

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

05/10/2012:
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05/17/2011:
"My son is special ed - I don't know how to access material on this subject or find best special ed programs/schools in california. Please help."
05/2/2011:
"Howcome Fremont, CA is not on the list ? The Mission Hills neighborhood in Fremont has the 36th best schools in Entire US. Palo Alto schools are way behind Mission San Jose High School. Even in terms of lifestyle it is way better than Palo Alto with most views to the hills and bay."
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