Things to Know When Moving to Denver

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In recent years, Denver has become one of the nation’s quickest growing big cities and it’s not hard to see why. The Mile-High City of Denver is nestled alongside the range of the Rocky Mountains, has access to world class skiing and mountain climbing, and is surrounded by gorgeous scenery.Denver plays home to the super bowl champs of 2016, the Denver Broncos and in the past few years, Denver has reported strong income and job growth. The following is a list of things to think about if you’re considering a move to Denver:

  1. The Rising Cost of Living: While living in Denver is not nearly as costly as some other U.S cities like Los Angeles or New York, it isn’t as low as the cost of living, say, in the big cities of Texas. However, this could change since the cost of housing has been rapidly rising in recent years.
  2. Wisely Choose Your Neighborhood – The neighborhoods in Denver all have a different personality and vibe. Cap Hill is a lively and eclectic neighborhood, while Uptown is full of young people and bars to drink in, and Country Club is expensive and upscale. Make sure you explore all the areas before you buy a home or sign a lease, it will be well worth it to discover a neighborhood that you will love to live in.
  3. Colorado’s Flat Income Tax – For Colorado, the income tax rate for the state sits at 4.63% placing it near the pack’s middle for the United States. Property tax in Colorado is low while sales taxes come in above average.
  4. The Weather– The weather in Denver is almost always sunny, in fact, it gets up to 300, days of sun in a year. Also, the city gets 50 inches of snow each year but often this falls in a few big storms and rarely hangs around. Spring in Denver is gorgeous while the summers are hot with no humidity. Often, people in Denver claim that the weather is too nice with drizzly weekends where you can hang out in your pajamas for the whole day being a not too often affair.colorado-sunny-weather
  5. Denver’s Weather is Unpredictable – The only sure thing about Denver is that the weather can change in an instant. One day will have a high in the 70s and then next day there can be snow. Due to the altitude, temperatures in Denver can fall or rise by up to 40 degrees in a few hours.
  6. The Food in Denver is Underrated – Denver is not typically thought of as the place for food outside of Colorado, but perhaps it should be. You can get some of the top Mexican food the country has to offer in Denver, and it’s also known for quality Ethiopian and Vietnamese foods. If steak is your favorite, there are plenty of excellent steakhouses in Denver and they even have a beef cut they call “Denver steak”.
  7. Chapstick and Sunscreen are Essential – The sun in Denver is more powerful than it seems due to the high altitude. It is easy to get sunburn while walking outside for just a couple of hours. It is essential to apply sunscreen before you head out as strong UV rays increase the risks of skin cancer.
  8. Live Close to a Park – Of course there, is Rocky Mountain National Park, but leaving the city limits isn’t the only way to find greenery in Denver. There are plenty of beautiful parks to enjoy in the city. A favorite among locals is Washington Park, loved for its flora, trails and two ponds. The biggest park in the city is City Park at 330 acres. Denver has lots of small neighborhood parks too, with over 200 parks in Denver’s park system you will be spoiled for choice.
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  9. The Elevation Requires Some Adjustment – Due to the air being thinner in this city, it will likely take several days to overcome the lower oxygen levels and even after living here for several months or even after a few years, you might notice the altitude effects when you go out for a run or climb stairs. If you drink alcohol, the altitude will have a bigger effect on the body. Also, pasta takes a little while longer to cook in Denver due to water having a boiling point which is lower at high altitude levels.
  10. Marijuana is Legal in Denver – Colorado became the very first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Use of marijuana is no big deal here and much of the people in the city of Denver are relaxed about it.