The Cost of Living is High…But So Are SalariesThe overall cost of living in Denver is 12 percent higher than the rest of the country – mostly in terms of housing which is 34 percent higher than the national average, according to Payscale. But luckily, the salaries are higher than the average, at $73,000 per year. The median home price is $463,000 and the median rent is $1,450 a month.
It’s Got a Lot of Distinct Neighborhoods to Choose FromDenver has lots of different neighborhoods, each with its own vibe, style and personality. Prides Crossing, North Park Hill, South Park Hill, Wellshire, Stapleton, Washington Park, Congress Park and City Park are all great places to raise a family. Cap Hill is eclectic and lively, while Uptown attracts lots of young people thanks to its many drinking establishments. For upscale and expensive tastes, head to Country Club.
The Weather is AwesomeEnjoying about 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver is a beautiful, sunny place to be even though it receives more than 50 inches of snow a year. Winter brings all the skiing and snowboarding, while spring brings all the blooms on the trees. Summers here are hot but you don’t get the humidity like you do in other regions. You don’t see too many drizzling or rainy days here, so it’s the perfect place to get out and be active. On the other hand, the weather here can literally change in a day. You can have snowy conditions one day and the next it can hit 70. Temperatures can rise or fall by 40 degrees in just a few hours thanks to the high altitude. That same high altitude also means the sun is more powerful than in other areas. It’s easy to get sunburned just by walking around outside for an hour unprotected. Wear sunscreen every day and don’t forget to slather on some SPF lip balm.
It Serves Delicious FoodYou’ll have some of the best Mexican food in Denver that you’ve ever had. Also, you’ll want to seek out some Vietnamese and Ethiopian food as well. And if you’re craving meat, hit up a Denver steakhouse (there are lots of them around) and ask for the “Denver steak” cut of beef.
Ski Traffic Can be BrutalBecause Denver sits just 75 miles from the best ski resorts in the country, you will face a lot of traffic to get to the mountains if you’re coming from an outlying neighborhood. This is especially true on winter weekends when everyone has the same idea. It’s not uncommon to sit in traffic for hours on a Friday night or Saturday morning. If you can, take a weekday off from work and go then when the crowds are thinner.
It’s Got Lots of Green SpacesDenver is known for all its green spaces and parks that it offers to residents and visitors alike. In fact, in the city and county of Denver, you have access to more than 200 parks spanning more than 5,000 acres. Every park is open year-round, says Uncover Colorado, and you’re sure to find something you like to do, from hiking on walking trails to boating on the lake. The most popular city parks Denver has to offer include:
- Cheesman Park
- Washington Park
- City Park
- Sloan’s Lake Park
- Confluence Park
- Berkeley Park
- Central Park
- Civic Center Park
- Castlewood Canyon State Park, 45 minutes southeast of downtown Denver
- Roxborough State Park, 40 minutes from downtown
- Cherry Creek State Park, 20 minutes from downtown
- Chatfield State Park, with the 1,400-acre Chatfield Reservoir
- Barr Lake State Park, 30 minutes from downtown Denver
- Boyd Lake State Park, an hour from Denver