Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the country; between the gorgeous national parks, entertainment spots, and perfect weather, it seems like a dream come true. It's no wonder the cost of living has gone up in the last couple of decades as more and more people want to bask in this thriving area.
In fact, the annual survey performed by Penske Truck Rental officially revealed that Denver was the fifth-most popular city to move to in 2018. This was a significant jump from 2017, where the city claimed the eighth spot on the list.
Out of all the cities across the country, Atlanta has maintained the number one spot for nearly a decade. This is a reflection of the population shift that has occurred in the United States as more and more people have moved to Sunbelt states in the hope for warmer weather.
However, the allure of the Centennial State has kept Denver in the top 10 since the survey began back in 2010.
Are you ready to move to Colorado? Ponder these factors before you pack up your life and head for the hills (err...mountains).
If you're used to a warmer state, you'll be in for a rude awakening when you move to Colorado. Even though Colorado stretches into the southern United States, some areas — such as Colorado Springs — reach a high elevation of 6,000 feet. This leads to wild temperature swings and even the occasional burst of hail. It's not uncommon to keep an extra jacket in your car, even when it's warm outside.
Regardless, the cooler weather breeds a dedication to fitness which is hard to find anywhere else. At all times during the year, you'll witness countless joggers, hikers, kayakers, and more. Avid outdoors people love the allure of the Red Rock Canyon, Garden of the Gods park, and the Cave of the Winds, the last of which is millions of years old. Other homeowners will invest in residential gardening and landscaping to create an oasis in their own backyard. It's not surprising that the landscaping industry has grown by 5.8% in the last five years or so.
As a growing number of people move to Denver, the cost of living has only increased for the area. Combined with moving expenses, taxes, and job relocation fees, you will need to have
But Denver isn't the only city that's experienced a boost in living standards and costs. Colorado Springs has officially received a cost of living score of 112.9, almost 13 points higher than the average cost of living at about 100. The housing market has led to this surge in living costs as the median home price has grown to more than $272,000.
Keep in mind that this shouldn't deter you to make the move to Colorado. If you can afford it, Colorado is one of the most beautiful states on the map. Just be sure to talk to a financial analyst and look at a variety of homes before settling down. Homeowners will remodel over 10.2 million kitchens each year, but this may not be a cost you're willing to make.
Instead, look for homes that need little work to make your transition as smooth as possible. After all, wood can last for hundreds of years as long as it's taken care of properly.
You don't need to be a fan of marijuana to move to the Centennial State, but you do need to be okay with it. Colorado was one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. As such, you'll see plenty of cannabis shops and high individuals on a day to day basis. Just be careful driving — though it's against the law, people will still try to drive high.
Colorado loves Tex-Mex, so much so, that most people eat it multiple times per week. It's practically ingrained in the Colorado culture at this point. If you can't stomach the heat of delectable Mexican-inspired meals, you may want to stay out of the kitchen.
It's estimated that 63% of adults have moved to a new community at some point in their lives — why not make your new community Colorado? Moving to Colorado is a great decision for a variety of reasons, but before you pack up and head to the state of your dreams, consider these factors that may make or break your move.