I'll pipe up from the perspective of someone who is not a native. I was born in NJ, but only lived there for a year after so I don't count it. I'm mostly a Pacific NW person. Lived in Idaho a lot. I've lived in California, Idaho, Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, and South Carolina as well. So I guess you could say I've had a smattering of experiences. Hands down Colorado wins. Remember, this is just my opinion. My wife is from Indianapolis. Born and raised. She HATES it. LOL! She grew up in a big city and now she hates being cramped in by all the people. We lived in Centennial for about 6 months before she nearly had a panic attack. Now we live in Parker.
So why Parker? Well, My job is in the Tech center which is south of Denver, so it had to be someplace on the south side of Denver. Parker is a small town feel with some big town amenities and yet we're only 30 mins from Denver if (God forbid) we ever have to go there. The only reason we currently tread on Denver soil is for Hockey! Go Avs!
I think it all really depends on your personality. If you're a loner type, there are places here where you can live out in the middle of nowhere and people can't stand having to drive 3 hours to get to your shooting range... LOL!! Just kidding Rob. You can choose to live in the mountains and have some small privacy. Or you can choose a place like Colorado Springs. Which is a little bigger, but not huge. It all depends.