What You Need to Know Before Moving to Colorado

May 1, 2017

It’s no secret that Colorado has recently been topping the list of hot places to move. With its abundant sunshine, beautiful scenery and growing cities, the Centennial State has become a new favorite destination. Whether you’re a native looking for a new home or a transplant wondering how to move to Colorado, here are a few things every future Coloradan should know.

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What to Know Financially:

Houses in Colorado tend to come with a higher price tag. This is partly because Coloradans can afford to spend more with an average annual salary of about $54,000 in Denver. You’ll want to plan for a slightly higher cost of living overall. Plus, sales tax varies by city and county, and these can really add up. Be sure to do some research on these taxes before picking your new neighborhood. Luckily, Colorado’s job market is booming and unemployment is low. If you don’t have a job here yet, the chances are good that you’ll find one soon.

What to Know Practically:

The Denver-metro area is easy to navigate on public transport, with Light Rail tram and bus services in the city and commuter trains connecting downtown to the suburbs. For world travelers, the Denver International Airport is the jumping off point for whatever trip—stateside or abroad—you’ve been dreaming of. During the winter months, there’s even a ski train that runs from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park resort.

If you’re moving to Colorado with your family, you’ll want to consider which school district is best for your children. Nationally, Colorado ranks eighteenth for education. There are a number of respected colleges and universities based in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.

What to Know Socially:

Colorado offers many ways to unwind. Enjoy the unique craft beer culture or take in live music at the beautiful Red Rocks amphitheater. The metro area’s budding restaurant scene is full of hotspots to sample like Hop Alley, Tag and Dio Mio, or classics like The Cherry Cricket and Pete’s Diner for a more traditional vibe.

Outdoor enthusiasts are in luck, because there’s a reason Colorado has consistently been named the fittest state in the country—we have a beautiful natural playground right in our backyard. In the summer, Coloradans head to the mountains to enjoy hiking, biking and camping. Winters are for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in our renowned luxury ski resorts. Our city-dwellers keep active, too, and you’ll have tons of great gyms and parks to choose from for your workout.

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