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(DENVER, Co. - SHOT 4/5/2005) New houses seem to sprout up continually in the Front Range including these homes in a new subdivison named Eagle View near South Simms Street and Coal Mine Avenue. The homes start in the mid-$400's according to a sign. Boulder and Denver counties rank as 1 and 2 in top metropolitan areas in the 8-state rocky mountain region when measured by "social capital." Colorado College researchers coined the term to describe what a community invests in culture, education, civic participation and community health to provide opportunity for its citizens to be full participants in its civic life. The rankings are contained in Colorado College's 2nd annual State of the Rockies report card which lists the best places to live in the West and why. It looks at 14 indices of economics, environment, demographics, etc, to see how quality of life rates in large, small and rural areas. (Photo by MARC PISCOTTY/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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