Most of Denver sits pretty at 5,280 feet above sea level; hence the popular “Mile-High City” nickname. Unlike most cities in the US, Denver sees around 300 days of sunshine a year. Due to its elevation, the air around the city is thin, but this is hardly noticeable.
With over 700K inhabitants, Denver is the capital of Colorado and its most populous city. It was ranked among the top two Best Places to Live in the USA in 2019.
In this article, we discuss seven things you should know if you’re planning to relocate to Denver.
Cost of living
If you ask a New Yorker how life in Denver is, their answer would likely be, “cheap.” Ask a Texan what they think about life in Denver and they would answer, “Denver thinks the sun came up just to hear it crow,” which means it’s expensive. However, many will agree that the cost of living in Denver is at least mildly affordable.
As has been the case globally, the housing market in Denver has seen a steady climb over the years. If you are looking to buy, then it will cost you upwards of $2,800 per meter square to own a simple studio apartment. As with most cities, the rent space is dictated by location. Furnished rentals in Denver average between $1,500 and $3,500 per month, depending on size and location.
On the other hand, basic utilities like electricity, water, garbage, heating, and cooling will set you back around $120 a month. Internet will cost you an additional $30 a month.
The food culture in Denver is one born of family traditions passed down through generations. Some of the most popular dishes synonymous with this city include the unforgettable Rocky Mountain Oysters, and a variety of mouth-watering meat dishes served in the classic steakhouses dotted along the streets of Denver.
Whether you like to eat out, cook at home or juggle between the two, you’re likely to spend more than $440 a month on food.
If you are an outdoor person, then you are bound to fall in love with Denver. This is one of the few cities in the US where the sun shines for 300 days a year—regardless of the season. The endless sunshine, coupled with abundant and beautiful bike trails, makes this place a cyclist’s haven.
Winter does come but it doesn’t stick around for long, so you should not lose any sleep over it. However, at 5,280 feet, the weather does get unpredictable at times; one minute you are wading through snow and the next, you are melting in the sweltering heat of the sun.
“Distinctive” is how I would describe the different neighborhoods that makeup Denver. Each one has something different to offer. The Highlands, for instance, brim with lively nightlife, food, and art, while also making you feel at home with a suburban aesthetic. LoDo is young and full of life. On the other hand, Five Points is busy and diverse. Sloan’s Lake is chill and reserved, with beautiful residential buildings, while Cherry Creek oozes luxury.
We could go on and on about the other neighborhoods, but the few mentioned here show that Denver has something for everyone.
How to get around
Some of the best ways to move around Denver are on foot, bicycle, or light rail. As mentioned earlier, Denver boasts a variety of long-distance bike trails, suitable for everyday commute. The proximity of shopping centers and museums also makes walking the preferred way to get around.
The light rail is a suitable alternative for those traveling long distances between Denver and its suburbs. Parking rates may discourage many from heading out in their cars; however, you will need one if you are heading to the Rocky Mountains.
Sports and skiing
People here are enthusiastic about sports—and oh, boy, don’t the folks here love their Broncos! The altitude plays a part in the love for sports. The science behind the number of runs produced at Coors Field is one big crowd-puller. For lovers of golf, the thin air will allow you to channel your inner Tiger Woods, with swings that travel 10% farther than at lower altitudes. Oh, and don’t forget to pack your ski gear!
Ignore the stereotypes
I know many have been led to believe that the folks up here are not welcoming. You might also have come across bumper stickers with messages that suggest the locals aren’t receptive to visitors. This is not the case. Denver is one of the friendliest cities in the US.
Are you excited to finally relocate to Mile-High City?
Most first-time visitors will notice subtle differences in their normal lives at 5,280 feet above sea level. Life up here is exciting, full of history and memorable foods. From the mountain ranges to the bicycle trails, the adventure never ends and Denver never sleeps. The sports culture is immersive and the people are always ready to share a part of their heritage with the rest of the world.
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