So you are thinking of moving to Colorado?
When I was moving to Colorado in 2012, I had spent a few days in Colorado. However, I didn’t know a whole lot. That is my personality though. I am like “a new challenge” let’s do it!
However, after living in Colorado for over 10 years I now see all the things I would have liked to have known before moving here! Lucky you have me, so you don’t have to learn the hard way!
Things to know when Moving to Colorado
Here are the top 5 things I think you should know before making the move to Colorado
It’s Likely More Expensive Then You Think – The number one reason move out of Colorado is due to the cost of living here. From average home prices in Denver being in the $600,000 range to the cost of groceries, many places in Colorado can hit the budget hard! If you are thinking of moving to Colorado, Check out my YouTube Channel for the Cost of Living Videos I have!
Dry, Dry Air – We have very dry air here and if you do move to Colorado that transition will be rough. Especially if you are coming from a humid state. We moved from the St Louis area so I was used to a decent amount of humidity. The scaly skin and constant thirst was something else for the first year or so. It will take your body a bit to adjust!
Traffic in Denver and Through the Mountain Corridors – We had a boom here in Colorado where for a few heres we had many more people moving here then moving out. This has led to a lot of traffic congestion as the roads were not ready for it. If you are traveling anywhere an hour from Denver then you are likely to meet the traffic jams. Especially during rush hour (which is hard to define in this outside activity loving state. Certain times of the year like Winter and Summer can also be a bear getting to the mountains. Many people that moved here to ski, hardly go anymore. The traffic is just too much for them to be able to pop up on a Friday night and come back on a Sunday.
Wind and Allergies – In many parts of the state it can get very windy! This is definitely something no one told me about. During those transition seasons of spring and fall is when you are likely to encounter stretches of very windy days. It can make it a little harder to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Allergies also tend to be worse here and I have heard this from a lot of people. Itchy, itchy eyes, dry coughs and sneezing seem to be the most common symptoms.
The Natives – I didn’t experience this my first few years here. However, once the boom took off and we had swarms of people moving here the natives voices became louder. You will see people driving around with their native license plate holders or stickers. You will also find the loudest voices on places like Facebook and other forums telling people not to come here. They will also blame you for wrecking their beautiful stage. Now I absolutely get some of this. We used to be able to hike without having to get up at 4 am just to get a parking spot, the mountains did use to be more prisitine and more affordable, prices have gone up a lot here! I get why this would upset those that have lived here since birth. On the other hand, I am a world citizen and never consider a place as my own. In general people are still really nice but you may encounter some native kickback. This is especially true if you are moving to Colorado from California or Texas.
Need More Help?
If all this hasn’t scared you off and you are still thinking of Moving to Colorado, I would be happy to chat more. Even if you are not moving to Denver and surrounding areas, I can help connect you with the right people to get your questions answered! Connect with me here!