Moving to Denver, CO

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Denver’s combination of cosmopolitan living, proximity to world-class recreational opportunities, and a strong economy have made the Mile High City – so nicknamed for its altitude, 5,280 feet – a mecca for everyone from startup geeks to entrepreneurial stoners. Denver has a distinct “outdoorsy chic” vibe that is unique among United States cities.

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Living

It’s not cheap to live here. According to City-Data.com, Denver’s population had increased nearly 20 percent since 2000, and transplants continue to pour into Colorado in record numbers. Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the city reached a staggering $1,770 in June 2016, and the median listing price for homes is fast approaching half a million dollars.

That being said, if you’ve got the money to live here, the lifestyle is outstanding. Denver is the heart of what locals call the Front Range, which, geographically, is where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. The Front Range is dotted with the largest and most populous cities in Colorado, stretching from Fort Collins in the north, to Pueblo in the south. Denver is close to several ski resorts and national parks, and offers a fantastic mix of outdoor opportunities and cultural offerings.

Transportation

Denver International Airport (DIA) is the largest airport in the U.S. by land area, and the sixth busiest by passenger boardings. The city also boasts extensive light rail and public bus systems. The A light rail line, which opened in April 2016, transports passengers from downtown Union Station to DIA in less than 40 minutes, while the Northwest rail line will eventually stretch through Boulder to Longmont.

Traffic has worsened in recent years due to construction projects and the massive influx of new residents.

Weather

Denver has more than 300 days of sunshine per year, which might come as a surprise to those who associate the city with the snow-capped peaks in photos. Humidity is low, making for mild weather marked by warm, sunny days and cool evenings. Average temperatures are 45 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and 86 degrees in summer. Even when it does snow, the white stuff melts fast due to all that sunshine.

Economy

Denver is enjoying a strong economy fueled, in part, by startups, energy development, technology and marijuana legalization. It is headquarters to several large companies including DaVita, Oracle, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Chipotle, Coors Brewing Company, Frontier Airlines, Quark, and Newmont Mining. Colorado’s economy grew 4.7 percent in 2014 – more than twice the national average.

Unemployment rate: 3.3 percent
Average weekly wages for all industries: $1,098

Denver, CO Arts and Entertainment

Bluebird Theater

Bluebird Theater, East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO, United States

Ogden Theatre

Ogden Theatre, East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO, United States

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO, United States

Pepsi Center

Pepsi Center, Chopper Circle, Denver, CO, United States

DazzleJazz

DazzleJazz, Lincoln Street, Denver, CO, United States

El Chapultepec

El CHAPULTEPEC, Market Street, Denver, CO, United States

Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO, United States

Music

Denver attracts everyone from tech entrepreneurs to ski bums, and everything in between. Here’s everything you need to navigate your move to the Mile High City.

Bluebird Theater
Ogden Theatre
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Pepsi Center
DazzleJazz
El Chapultepec
Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

The Kitchen

The Kitchen Denver, 16th Street, Denver, CO, United States

ChoLon

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, Blake Street, Denver, CO, United States

WaterCourse

WaterCourse Foods, East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO, United States

TAG

Tag Restaurant, Larimer Street, Denver, CO, United States

Rioja

Rioja, Larimer Street, Denver, CO, United States

Linger

Linger, West 30th Avenue, Denver, CO, United States

Sushi Den

Sushi Den, South Pearl Street, Denver, CO, United States

Restaurants

Denver attracts everyone from tech entrepreneurs to ski bums, and everything in between. Here’s everything you need to navigate your move to the Mile High City.

The Kitchen
ChoLon
WaterCourse
TAG
Rioja
Linger
Sushi Den

Washington Park

Washington Park, Denver, CO, United States

Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve, Colorow Road, Golden, CO, United States

Apex Trail

Apex Trail, Golden, CO, United States

Red Rocks Park

Red Rocks Park, West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO, United States

Sloan's Lake Park

Sloan's Lake Park, Denver, CO, United States

Outdoors

Denver attracts everyone from tech entrepreneurs to ski bums, and everything in between. Here’s everything you need to navigate your move to the Mile High City.

Washington Park
Lookout Mountain
Apex Trail
Red Rocks Park
Sloan's Lake Park
Nightlife

You’re more likely to overhear millennials discussing “bagging a fourteener” (the slang term for climbing one of Colorado’s 53 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet) than which nightclub they went to over the weekend. There are a few clubs downtown that offer Top 40 tunes and bottle service, but if you want flash, take it to L.A. or New York.

Some of the more interesting and time-tested venues include Dazzle, which attracts some of the biggest jazz names in the biz, and El Chapultepec, Denver’s oldest blues and jazz club that has stood on the same corner since 1933. One of the city’s best-kept secrets is Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, a live cabaret show housed in the iconic Clock Tower building on lower downtown’s 16th Street Mall.

Food

Denver has a strong foodie presence and is home to the flagship restaurants of several well-known, award-winning chefs. The annual 5280 Top of the Town and Best New Restaurants issues are two of the most popular for the city’s largest regional magazine, which helps drive a vibrant food and dining culture in the town. Coloradans are lucky to have a bountiful agriculture scene; farm to table restaurants, local wineries and microbreweries abound and it shows in the creative menus and number of farmers markets around town.

Sports

With professional teams in baseball, football, basketball soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, sports fans can cheer to their heart’s content in the Mile High city. Sports Authority Field and Coors Field are home to the Broncos and Rockies respectively, and when Pepsi Center isn’t being used for a Nuggets, Avalanche or Mammoth game, it serves as a concert venue.

Culture

Denver has a strong independent art and music scene, and a quintessential cultural experience for locals is attending a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The city hosts many big-name musicals and touring shows at venues such as Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Denver Performing Arts Center. The Denver Museum of Art attracts high profile exhibits and the town also has a zoo, botanic gardens, an aquarium, several specialized museums and an amusement park, Elitch Gardens.

Here are some stats and trivia about Denver:

  • The first permanent structure in Denver was a saloon.
  • Golf balls go ten percent further in Denver – and so do cocktails – because of the altitude.
  • The 13th step of the Colorado State Capitol Building sits at exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, giving Denver the nickname “Mile High City.”
  • Denver’s bike-sharing program is one of the best in the U.S. B-cycle has 88 stations and 700 bikes scattered throughout Denver’s neighborhoods.
  • Denver Performing Arts Center is the second largest arts center in the U.S. after Lincoln Center in New York City.

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