The Colorful State of Colorado provides an abundance of mountains, rivers, trails, and more to explore. The natural beauty of the state makes it a popular destination for hiking, ski trips and other vacations. There’s more to Colorado than just the outdoors. When you’re finished hiking, there’s plenty of city life with fantastic food, and drink to explore.
According to the 2020 Census, Colorado was the 6th fastest growing state in the country. With so much to do and see, the popularity of Colorado comes as no surprise to us.
If you’re thinking of moving to Colorado, Mayflower can help fill you in on what you need to know.
Life in Colorado
Life in Colorado has a few different components. If you love the outdoors, there is plenty of hiking and exploring to do in the Rockies. Then there’s the nightlife side to Colorado, with plenty of new cities and cultures to discover.
With 10 national parks and monuments, 25 scenic and historic byways, and 42 state parks, there’s no shortage of adventure in the Rocky Mountain State.
In Colorado, you’ll love getting a bird’s-eye-view on top of Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountains at 12,000 feet. You can also go white water rafting or fly fishing in one of the state’s numerous rivers.
For those that like the outdoors but still want to stay warm in the winter, there’s no shortage of ski resorts in the state. Hit the slopes and warm up in the ski lodge after, or just stay cozy in the ski lodge all day!
Denver – the Mile High City
Denver is a popular place for many young professionals to call home, but there’s also plenty of family activities to enjoy. Catch a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field, walk through the city and find murals and street art. The city is also home to excellent museums, aquariums, and more.
Explore downtown Denver and discover the growing food and drink scene. Colorado has the 4th most breweries per capita in the United States, and Denver is home to a lot of them. Explore the Denver Beer Trail with over 100 craft beer brewpubs, breweries and taprooms around the Denver metro area
Having access to both nature’s playground and city life is not just a Denver thing. Colorado Springs, Boulder, and other cities in the state offer a similar experience at a smaller scale. The adventures in Colorado are endless.
The beauty of Colorado can take your breath away, but the weather and altitude can do that too, quite literally. The state is known for its sunshine, but with that still comes bitter cold winters and dry summers.
The mountain ranges impact the state’s weather, causing colder temperatures and more snowfall the further up you go. The mountains also help protect areas from high wind and storms from the Pacific.
The most comfortable times to visit the state are in the spring and the fall. The temperatures start to warm up in the spring, but the mountain air is just crisp and cool enough, so you never feel hot. The fall is a beautiful time to observe the changing of the leaves. It is Colorful Colorado after all.
Cost of Living in Colorado
There’s no shortage of things to do when you make Colorado your new home. Be aware that Colorful Colorado can also be Costly Colorado.
The cost of living* in Colorado is higher than the national average, falling at an index of 105.4, compared to the average at 100. While the overall cost does rank high, the state ranks below the average cost on utilities and health costs. This can help offset high housing, grocery, and transportation costs.
Because Colorado does offer so much variety, you can find the best environment for you. Bigger cities or luxurious ski towns can be more expensive, while suburbs or more residential areas can be more affordable.
The benefit of living in the state is that no matter where
Becoming a Colorado Resident
One of the most important parts of moving to a new state is establishing residency. Making sure you’re considered a resident of the state and getting your new driver’s license are key.
The Colorado residency process is simple, and you can visit Colorado’s Department of Revenue site for more detailed information.
Planning Your Move to Colorado? Let MayFlower Get You There!
If you’re ready for your next adventure, and want to call Colorado home, using a professional moving company can help. Mayflower has a variety of moving services and options that work best for you.
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