Thinking about living in Denver? You nature nut, you.
Denver’s famed ski slopes and beautiful, mountainous landscape are potentially the biggest draw for folks moving to Denver.
This intriguing combination of big-city amenities and culture, and natural beauty, draws upwards of 17 million visitors a year.
But, it has also inspired an upward trend in the numbers of people who are moving to Denver as well.
If you’re thinking about moving to Denver, it’s important to consider all of the pros and cons of daily life in Denver, and that’s where I come in.
I’ve lived in Denver for the past three years and wanted to provide a personal list of the pros and cons of living in Denver to make your decision easier.
As you read this list, please keep in mind that this is a personal list. Not everyone will feel the same way and that’s alright! 🙂
Pros & Cons of Living in Denver
It’s easy to see the appeal of living in Denver. A big city set amongst the jaw-dropping mountains, what’s not to like? Let’s cover the pros of moving to Denver first.
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Pros of Living in Denver
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#1. Denver is downright beautiful
The “Mile High City” is best known for being situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, it’s also a thriving city with a culture and a feel all its own.
There’s no denying that living in Denver means constant exposure to beautiful landscapes, largely thanks to the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
But it gets better. You’ll have access to incredible nature while getting all the perks of a major city — like art museums, public parks, breweries, great restaurants and ample shopping.
Not to mention the rich history of the city, which is celebrated through rodeos and the National Western Stock Show, which have been held every January for the past 115 years.
Admittedly, the beauty is one of the first things that attracts many people to move to Denver. Boasting more than 200 breathtaking mountain peaks and more than 100 panoramic miles of stunning vistas, this beautiful city is a sight for sore eyes.
#2. Colorado is a nature lover’s paradise
Touching on the last point, living in Denver is guaranteed to satisfy the needs of nature lovers.
You don’t even need to leave the city limits to get your fill of outdoor adventure. You can find incredible bike paths all over the city, including my personal favorite — the Cherry Creek Trail.
If you’re into water sports, we have that covered too. Head to the South Platte River for some urban white water rafting and an adventure you won’t soon forget.
The point is, regardless of what you consider your ideal adventure, there’s something waiting for you when you move to Denver.
Everything from world-class mountain climbing, excellent hiking, skiing, you name it. In fact, many pro and amateur athletes move to Denver specifically to have close access to outdoor recreation.
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#3. Constant sunshine
One of the biggest perks of living in Denver is not having to plan around bad weather. Denver has an arid desert landscape and gets more sunshine per year than most US cities.
In fact, Denver averages 245 days of sunshine per year, exceeding the national average of 205 days. The sunshine continues even through the cold winter months, which makes winter sports far more enjoyable.
Oh, lest I forget, yet another bonus of the arid climate is the lack of humidity during summer. I can’t overstate this perk enough, especially after spending one summer in NYC.
#4. The cost of living in Denver is reasonable
Make no mistake, Denver still has a heated housing market, but by and large the overall cost of living in Denver is still rather reasonable compared to other US cities. By and large, housing will take the biggest chunk of your change, with average home prices starting at $600,000.
In addition to the pricey housing market, Denver’s rent prices have also been booming. In fact, rent prices for Denver apartments have risen nearly 16% over the past year. Currently, the median rent stands at $1,474 for a 1-bedroom and $1,806 for a 2-bedroom.
Outside of housing though the cost of essentials such as gas, utilities, groceries and entertainment still lag substantially behind many larger cities. For example, similar expenses in San Francisco can run up to twice as much!
Even healthcare, which is top-notch, runs about 17% below America’s national average.”
#5. Denver is a great city for millennials
The influx of new residents streaming into Denver consists largely of young people, which has resulted in a blossoming art and food scenes.
You’ll find a plethora of activities that cater to millennials, like top-notch breweries, phenomenal restaurants, small local shops, epic street art and great museums.
More than 23% of the population consists of millennials, making it one of the best cities for millennials in the country.
So if you’re looking for a city with a younger attitude, that is open to many types of lifestyles and welcoming to younger parents, moving to Denver is a great option.
#6. A thriving beer and food scene
Foodies rejoice! Denver’s food scene has been up and coming for some time now, and as more young people and food entrepreneurs move in, the number of quality restaurants will only continue to grow.
Denver also has one of the largest craft beer scenes in the nation, with more than 150 craft breweries operating in within the city. So don’t act surprised next time you see it on a list outlining the best brew cities in the country.
Beer tours are quickly becoming a top item on many Denver visitors’ lists for this very reason, and events and tastings that target beer enthusiasts are everywhere.
It’s predict that Denver will continue to be a major beer-drinkers’ destination for the foreseeable future, the perks of moving to Denver just keep adding up!
#7. Mild winters
Winters in Denver tend to be mild, with daily temperatures ranging between 45-60°F. The city is no stranger to snow, with average snowfall varying between 6-10 inches per month during the winter season.
I’ve had impassioned discussions with coworkers about the snowy conditions while living in Denver. To my surprise, there never seems to be clear consensus! According to stats, Denver typically gets 56.5 inches of snow each winter.
The pickle is that many coworkers are convinced this can’t be true, but I could see why. Snow doesn’t seem to linger too long and melts off pretty fast. Everyday life resumes to normal within hours of fresh snowfall, so it doesn’t feel like we get that much snow (to them, that is).
And I must admit, compared to other places I’ve lived, snow days in Denver feel warmer and more enjoyable. That glorious sunshine still pokes through!
So if you’re a fan of having all four seasons, living in Denver will suit you.
Worth mention: If you plan on moving to Denver long term, it may be useful to pick up winter sports to make the winter go by faster. Folks flock outside during all seasons of the year, you don’t want to be cooped up at home.
#8. Great location
Denver is located within a day’s drive to some epic places, especially for those that enjoy world-class adventure sports like mountain climbing.
In fact, for the mountain-loving types, Denver is within a day’s drive of 58 mountains with peaks reaching 14,000 feet.
If you get tired of the mountains, not only does Denver – believe it or not – have its own beaches and swimming holes, you can also experience desert landscapes within a short drive out of town. There are several other large international airports on the west coast, making for easy connections for international flights.
#9. Excellent job market
As young city Denver is on the leading edge of technology and plays host to many giant tech companies like Google and Lockheed Martin.
For those starting out in tech, the combination of a booming economy and a lower cost of living make Denver a very attractive choice.
This expanding tech market contributes to Colorado’s rank as number 12 among states with the highest median income.
#10. The sports culture
If you’re a fan of pro or amateur sports, you will never lack for entertainment while living in Denver. With eight professional sports teams, you’ll find someone to root for year round.
Denver has all the major leagues covered – NFL, NBA, MLB – but also plays host to smaller sports leagues such as rugby, lacrosse and roller derby. For those who want to play sports, amateur and rec leagues abound!
#11. Great educational opportunities
The city of Denver offers abundant educational opportunities, both in its high-ranked and innovative public school choice program, and in the wide selection of museums and cultural offerings.
Denver is home to several universities, including The University of Colorado-Denver, which is ranked number 85 among U.S. institutions.
The state of Colorado is currently ranked as the 5th most educated in the country.
#12. Recreational marijuana is legal
This may not be a pro for everyone, but for those who indulge in recreational or medicinal marijuana use, legalized marijuana is definitely a perk of living in Denver.
At present, only a few states allow recreational use of marijuana, which Colorado legalized in 2012. The herb and various formulations which contain its active ingredients, are readily available and affordable and may be enjoyed without fear of legal reprisal.
Cons of Moving to Denver
Moving to Denver has its advantages, to be sure. But, before you make the move, you should carefully consider all the possible disadvantages of living in Denver.
Here’s a quick list of the cons of living in Denver to take into consideration.
#1. High altitude adjustment
Denver sits at an altitude of more than 5,000 feet above sea level, earning it the moniker of The Mile High City.
While this makes for amazing views, it can also be quite challenging to adjust to for some people that move to Denver.
You’ll need to allow time to acclimate to the higher climate and the thinner air that goes with it. Some people suffer from altitude sickness, which can be quite unpleasant, though generally fades away as the body adjusts.
What’s more, exercising in high altitudes is challenging and will require further adjustments. This extra step can be seen as a disadvantage to daily life in Denver, especially during the adjustment period.
#2. Rising housing costs
Although not as expensive as some of the top cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, housing costs in Denver still exceed the budgets of many households of average means.
While tech jobs or higher-paying positions can support the going rent rates, many families are forced to live further outside of the city where rents and housing costs are lower.
The cost of housing within the city of Denver currently sits at more than 30% above the national average. The rapidly growing population further complicates this matter.
With average home listing prices at $530,000, moving to Denver to buy a home may take some finessing. In fact, Denver currently has the 10th highest home prices in the country.
#3. Lack of public transportation
The truth of the matter is, it will be very hard to get around using without a car while living in Denver.
Although the city does offer public transportation via bus and ligh-trail, they have limited range that doesn’t extend much beyond the city’s center.
Also, using the public transportation while living in Denver adds substantially more time due to infrequently scheduled routes.
Families living on the outskirts or suburbs of Denver have little to no access to public transportation and commuting even small distances via bike or walking may be impractical or impossible during the snowy season.
As much as I hate to admit it, you simply can’t move to Denver without a car — especially if you plan to take advantage of the outdoor recreation.
#4. Nightmare traffic
As mentioned, Denver averages about 17 million visitors per year, which means there’s a lot of folks vying for the highway and city streets.
The main east-west road into Denver runs through the mountains. With a constantly growing population, both within the city and the surrounding suburbs, traffic is becoming more and more congested.
As such, Denver is rated the 21st worst city in the nation for traffic, with commuters frequently getting stuck in long delays. There have been reports of worst-day-commutes of up to several hours, with an average commute lasting one to one and a half hours.
#5. Long winters
For snow fans, Denver can be a dream. But even the hardiest of winter-lovers can get tired of what may seem like an endless amount of snow. Simply put, it snow too damn much and it gets exhausting.
The snowy season in Denver can run from anywhere in November thru April. Which means 6 months of the year are spent in snow.
In addition to snowstorms, the winter season plays host to hail and thunderstorms that test even the most enthusiastic of winter soldiers.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the inevitable damage the constant snowfall has on your car. A garage is non-negotiable, but adds to the overall expense of living in Denver.
#6. Increasing size and population
As I’ve mentioned several times, Denver is currently experiencing serious growth. There’s many positive aspects to a growing city, but there’s also a handful of growing pains.
The traffic situation continues to worsen with the growing population, a problem that has also contributed to increasing levels of smog in the city.
Additionally, the increasing population means a dwindling market of available housing properties, which may continue to drive up prices for some time to come.
If you can’t stand living in a crowded place, moving to Denver may not be a good option for you.
#7. Infrastructure issues
Denver is technically a smaller city that has rapidly morphed into a larger one, which has created problems, especially with infrastructure, as the city tries to keep up.
Roads, water systems and electric grids are just a few of the industries which are struggling to catch up with the influx of people moving to Denver.
The increased attention on infrastructure could ultimately lead to higher taxes to address these issues. Not to mention the current delays and frustrations caused by the aging infrastructure.
#8. Sport-oriented culture
The culture of Denver is heavily focused on the outdoors and sports. For those who aren’t into athletics or outdoor recreation- whether rooting for a team or participating – it can be a difficult place to break in and make friends.
It may seem that every activity revolves around either doing outdoor activities or going to sporting events. So if you’re moving to Denver without family or friends in tow, you may find it challenging to befriend folks. Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone!
Pros & Cons of Moving to Denver (Post Summary)
In sum, some of the biggest pros and cons of living in Denver are:
- Picturesque landscapes
- Access to a wide variety of outdoor recreation
- Legalized marijuana
- Abundance of sunshine
- Reasonable cost of living
- Thriving restaurant and beer scene
- Prime location for travel
- Promising job market
- Quality education
- Sports culture
- High altitude
- Rising housing costs
- Lack of public transportation
- Traffic congestion
- Long winters
- Infrastructure issues
- One-track sports-oriented culture
There you have it, a few of the pros and cons of living in the mile high city of Denver, Colorado. As an up-and-coming city, it is one that has many of the advantages of a large city with a peaceful, natural way about it that appeals to many.
My biggest con is Denver’s of the most polluted cites in the world!(Top 5) It’s unhealthy to be outside. 🙁
I am very sad to see what Denver has become. Ten years ago it was the place to be. Was it the legalization of marijuana that caused this? Mass migrations from either coast? The defund the police movement scared off anyone wanting to join the force.
I really hope that things turn around for the city. Don’t want to see Denver fully become like San Francisco and Seattle.
Thomas Buckley says
We were forced to move from Colorado after living there 20th years . The job market was horrible for the average person
Antonia Forlani says
Denver is a gritty city & currently has one of the highest crime rates in the country–seems like daily shootings, rampant auto theft, assault/rape, a fentanyl catastrophe. Not nearly enough housing to accommodate explosive growth so housing costs are escalating as we speak–if you’re a nurse, teacher, or public servant, think again. Homelessness is a big situation (as it is in most cities).Takes time and driving to get to the idyllic beauty, and in addition to air inversions that trap a smog cloud over the city, unrelenting smoke from local and Western wildfires keep the air quality SUPER BAD all summer, folks with asthma or other breathing challenges beware.
Very good review of the place and helpful.
Willard Davis says
You are right. I came to Denver nearly every summer, as a kid. But the 5-points area, with the largest concentration of blacks, has been gentrified. So blacks are disbursed all over town. But, given, its lack of sheer numbers, Denver is a city that welcomes and celebrates black citizens. We’ve even had two black mayors!
Lynda O says
Interesting article and comments. I moved away from the Denver area over 27 years ago, so it’s interesting to see what people say about the area now. My parents who still live there have mentioned that in recent years there hasn’t been as much snow there–nothing like the snowstorms of ’79 and ’82, for instance.
Crime was already a problem in much of Aurora back then in the mid-90s, so I would tend to doubt that Aurora is a nice, safe place now (maybe the far east part of Aurora is better?).
Another disadvantage of the area, at least for some people, is the extreme dryness that causes nose bleeds, especially in winter.
But then, to my knowledge the Denver area has never had a probem of providing basic services such as normal water pressure; no low-pressure water and boil advisories, such as we’re dealing with in the Memphis area after the “bomb cyclone.” Maybe that’s because the water table in this part of the country is higher, and the pipes are not dug so far down into the ground; or the pipes there are insulated. So one big advantage there, as far as I can tell, is the basic electrical and water system infrastructure. It would be interesting to see an article comparing places to live, based on such basic services/essentials; when those are gone, they become far more important than entertainment.
Anything in Denver for someone single and in their early 70’s? Maybe you can you suggest a suburb with a thriving environment for independent seniors.
Richard Doerr says
Light rail does not only serve city center; it also partially connects with southern, eastern, northern and western suburban metro area cities. Snowiest month is March but April can also see heavy, wet snowfalls and it can also snow in May and even as early as September. It does not snow constantly during winters in Denver. 2021 saw only occasional dustings of snow up to the end of December. And yes, snow does melt fast. Winters are getting warmer.
Mention should be made of Denver International Airport (DIA), third busiest in the world in terms of total passenger traffic and with excellent global connections. With all the people moving here Denver is exploding in population. Traffic can be a nightmare, crime, including carjacking and catalytic converter theft, have increased significantly as have rents and home prices; affordability is definitely a problem for people considering moving to Denver.
Denver may not be for everybody but when all is said and done, and in spite of all the cons, and there are cons, for those who love city life and all a great city has to offer, Denver is still a great place to live.
I have a hard time believing the “55 inches of snow a year” thing. I’ve lived here 22 years this time, and we have had years where we seem to get 55 inches over the course of the winter. But, I can’t imagine we get that much every year, on average, in Denver. Maybe the foothills, like Conifer, Evergreen and others. Maybe we do. It sure doesn’t feel like it tho.
In your piece about Denver you failed to mention the Stanley Cup winning hockey team, The Colorado Avalanche.loftdwllr16@
Kay Smith says
Your comment about all the snow is WAY off! We don’t get much snow at all and when we do, it melts quickly. Most people are grateful for the snow because we often have drought conditions in the summer. We do have lots of sunshine and very hot summers. As far as homelessness, it is a problem but the city has made progress and shows they care. If Denver proper is too crowded for you, move out to a suburb like Aurora. The suburbs have little crime, are quiet and clean! Yes, Colorado is a gem and great place to live. It’s clean, sunny and people are very nice generally. You forgot to mention our good economy. Colorado has a strong job market. Lots of work here.
That’s very realistic and true. He is not correct when he says it’s snows a lot in Denver. 9 year resident. From Chicago. I snows maybe 5-6 days the whole winter in the city. It’s a fake winter. It’s always nice in the winter here if you are from a state that has actual winter. Yes it’s colder and snowier up the mtn but The city. Nicest winter ever. Warm. Sunny. Summer is crazy hot tho. Three months of 85-100 degree weather. This whole weekend will be over 100 defreees ?? you tolerate that for the epic winter I think.
Jax Leigh says
It snows a bit(if you’re lucky), you have one or two cold spells, the roads melt quickly at this altitude and warm days are sprinkled in through out the season. I’m from Wisconsin, the winters here in denver are NOT long or harsh. And it’s a dry climate so it’s not a bone chilling cold.
I was born and raised here. The traffic is bad but nothing in comparison to SF traffic. Denver is not a big city.
There is no snow anymore except (as it always has been) or heaviest snowfall is in spring. You cannot afford to move here. Period. Good luck. And for those here to golf and enjoy the outdoors guess what? When you used to be able to vamp and hike it’s now saturated with people so that’s out. Good luck.
This used to be a great place to live and now it’s terrible from all of the people moving here, driving up the cost of rent and gentrifying every neighborhood that held the last bit of culture here. White washed and over priced with a homeless population that’s astounding while people ignore the problem. Gotta love Colorado!
Public transportation is way stronger than you say. Infrastructure is fine and it’s maintained because of no shortage of tax dollars. And the winters are a joke.
How can cost of living be a strength qnd a weakness??? Cons: rising crime in the city. Air quality. Long drive to any other major city. Corrupt mayor. Very open to new ideas only as long as they’re progressive-friendly. As someone mentioned, rising homelessness.
Karen Pace says
I agree with you. I’ve lived here all my life (70 years) I never really thought it was great here, my husband is also a Denver native, we can’t find any reason to live here anymore. We bought 44 acres in Cheyenne to build a home on when he retires.
Christopher Vigil says
The winters here don’t get much snow anymore. Now the mountains get snow. Also Denver is as the base of the foot hills not the rocky mountains. Denver to the actual rocky mountains or the nearest 14er is about 2 hours at least with traffic. The cost living here is a joke for natives like myself. All the out of Towner’s moving here ruined that. Denver is wonderful if your seeking something new and trendy. We have in and out burger now yippy skippy!
Sadly Denver has become a drudgery for those who have to commute from outside of the metro area. The cost of living has increased to the point that there is little to nothing left to enjoy the amenities. Being a native, I remember the amazing place it was before the crime and corruption.
I couldn’t agree more
Food scene belongs in the con list
Yes, With climate change I think I used my snowblower once this year. You can tell the transplants from locals by how much snow blowing they do. Locals will wait as long as possible because it will melt in the sun. OP is incorrect on the weather. It was 60 on Christmas day for crying out loud. Maine??? It will feel like Hawaii for you…
This is extremely accurate. While all of the perks of living in this once amazing city are still available you now get to share it with over a million newcomers. I see people move here every day that are all excited about all the great things that Colorado has to offer, only to experience the reality of it the situation after sitting in endless traffic on the weekends to go stand in brutal lift lines, have their rent constantly raised by their greedy landlords, cars stolen,etc. sorry folks.
Yures NoMorr says
Homelessness is a huge problem. I moved away from Denver 15 or so yrs ago. Went back for a visit and was simply shocked by the tent cities in and around downtown, the south platte. And sand creek. The once beautiful city was grungy and dirty by comparison to what I moved away from.
Lived in Colorado for about 55 years. I seen the ups and downs of Colorado in that time. One moment its California people moving there and trying to make it like the place they left. Then comes the millennials…..they want to change what has been great for years. Changing city names and wanting to make things “better”. It was a great place, but as said the traffic has gotten much worse with arrogant, impolite drivers that think its their road and you are there to use their road. It use to be a place of kindness and people with politeness and common courtesy.
Very spot on article! Granted the people are calm and friendly, I Would like to add that the city doesn’t have many Black people. I was in the Cherry Creek/ downtown area and was shocked that almost every place I went to I was the only black person. Definitely a huge issue to me as though I’m originally from a major black city.
Colorado native of 53 years here. You forgot to mention the NHL team that we love, the Colorado Avalanche. Also, I have seen it snow every month of the year but July & August. Another thing, I am not into outdoor sports or watching sports, except NHL, and there are plenty of friends to make that aren’t into that either. But, please just come visit & don’t move here. (We love visitors!) We’re living beyond the means of the state. It’s just too full. ?
Richard Lee says
That’s crazy! My fiance is from Madrid and she is moving here also. She absolutely loves Denver. I am also traveling to Madrid, this weekend. Best of luck to you! (Madrid is gorgeous by the way)
Patrick Coate says
Keep in mind that everyone else moved here for the outdoors. Reservations for camping sites are a year out, parking at trailheads is non-existent unless you get there at 4:30am, fire bans and restrictions can put a damper on your plans. Traffic on the i70 can be nightmarish on holiday weekends where an hour drive turns into 3-4 real fast.
It is true; I have played it every month out of the year in Colorado
Michael Cleary says
Mostly sore on but. Endless amount of snow? The winter in the metro area are quite mild and snow is the exception not the norm
Oh come on…too much snow? I am from NH, moved to Denver in the 70s and winter snow cannot compare to East coast. The snow here in the city of Denver(as opposed to the mountains) is pretty minimal and melts quickly! This sunshine is to die for 🙂
I’ve lived here for 35 years, and it was once great, but with the influx of people the traffic, crime and increase of what it cost to live has become almost unbearable, the winters are milder but the upswing in temperatures has gotten worse also..
Hi I’m CAB; and I absolutely love Denver and downtown Denver to the extent that I decided to open up a LYS here years ago. Thank you for your article.
Most of it is probably 90% on point. However, the first Con that I disagree with is the weather during winter. I am a native. If you think winter is long and hard, obviously you have not been here long! The fact is that although it may snow on any given day in the winter, 75% of the time the sun is out by noon-day. Also, if it snows any particular evening and/or night the sun is out the very next day.
I remember as a child, winter was serious! Snow storms and blizzards multiple times a year. And I mean the type of snow that was up to your knees and you couldn’t drive! The neighbors would be shoveling out their streets, literally! It is nothing like that now, due to climate change I believe the winters are warmer and shorter. You can actually just wear a sweater during the holiday season and not even need a winter coat and boots! It was never like that years ago when I was growing up.
The next Con that I disagree with is the sports culture and not being able to make friends. Maybe you ought to try knitting, or learn how to crochet? There’s a Huge yarn community in the city of Denver. If you are not a sports enthusiast of any particular discipline like myself, yarn is where you can make a lot of friends!
Enjoy your week!
Susan Shall says
Bad air quality. How could you miss this HUGE problem? Plus wildfire smoke in the summer.
I travel RTD 5 days a week for 3 years. Buses, light rail and train run until 2:59 in the morning. Then start up again at 3:30 am. Going to Westminster takes 1.5 hours, then more time to get where u need to go. I have access to 3 different buses and the light rail. I catch the bus at 7:41 and get to work by 8:05. 2 busses.
Colorado Springs, you need to get to where ur going by 9pm. Pueblo, bus doesn’t run on Sunday.
Edmund Apelo says
Don’t forget the NHL is here also along with the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS and NLS. Especially now that the Colorado Avalanche are roaring into the Stanley Cup Final, Denver is about to hey Cup-crazy. I’ve lived in Denver since 1992 after leaving the military down at Fort Carson in Colorad Springs and I’ve seen it grow in this short 30-year span and I’ve loved everything about the city.
You forgot the great music scene. As someone who has lived in a few great places, Denver and CO are great, but if you’re not into the outdoors, pot, or live music don’t move here. Plenty of better and cheaper places to live. The food scene is getting better but not great and going to the mtns on the weekends is a straight up no go especially during ski season.
Jo Anne Kikel says
The best days of living in Denver, I hate to say are over. Lived there for 30 plus years. Bought a house for 74000 back in the day. Used to be the most perfect place to live. Now that everyone has discovered this once upon a time gem, it has become a ctime-ridden, dirty, dusty expensive city run by greedy politicians who refuse to help the homeless and only want to line their pockets. Number 1 city for car thefts and if you don’t mind waiting for your Amazon delivery, watching for it to arrive or get stolen, then ,Denver is the place for you. I have nothing but the fondest memories of the most wonderful city ever, but that is over. Sorry folks. Welcome to a nightmare of traffic, overpopulation, political greed and crime. So sad about it.
Kay Smith says
Move to Aurora, Littleton or Lakewood. Very little crime, very quiet & clean and housing is less expensive. I live in Aurora myself and love it. Quiet and safe, lots of shops, parks, lakes, etc. Colorado weather is the best. I grew up in Illinois – those are very cold winters! Very humid summers, not nearly as much sunshine as Colorado. Not nearly as nice as where I live in Aurora.
Move to a small town in Iowa!! Iowa is hot usually from April to September, sometimes it’s hot in October and May. Its cold typically from October to March-May. There are lakes and a couple cities. It truely is beautiful, and its peaceful.
That is very true! Lots of golf options around the state. Snow usually doesn’t last long and Feb. is usually the snowiest month in the city.
Mike Rowland says
Pretty sure March or April is the snowiest with a not so unusual May snowstorm before summer finally arrives. Spring is basically a tamer winter. The city itself is flat and a lovely shade of brown during the winter. I spent time in the northeast and didn’t really find that much of a difference between the winters and the amount of sunshine. CO does a good job of selling itself on sunshine and mountains mainly because that’s all that it has. It’s bordered by Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. I mean, how great can it really be.
So good post. Probably moving to Denver from Madrid :). So excited
Good article. We live in Maine and are tiring of the long winters especially where we are golfers. San Diego is too expensive and Florida is too hot. I have done a fair amount of research and have read that golf courses stay open year round where snow does not seem to last long in the Denver area and you get a fair amout of mild days to sneak in a few rounds per month. Is this not realistic/true?
100% realistic and true. Done so myself.
Kay Smith says
Yes, you can see people playing in winter. We usually have very mild winters with little snow that melts quickly due to the sunshine. People can go out in jeans and tee shirts in January during the day cause it’s so sunny and mild.
Gari Perion says
An altitude of more than 5000 miles?!!! That must be very cold indeed 😉
Thanks a lot for this great review, the only real downside seems to be the traffic for me but I already love the rest.
Antonina Pattiz says
Thanks for catching the typo Gari! It’s been fixed. 🙂 I’m so glad to hear you love living in Denver, it’s a great place!
Doug Sawyer says
Actually around town Public transit isn’t too bad and you can easily get out to Golden and Lakewood although a car would be better!! And night after work hiking is fantastic especially on South Table or Green Mt!!! You can see the moon and Downtown Golden and Downtown Denver!!!