Whether you’re fresh off I-70 or just daydreaming about what the Mile High City has to offer, the actual process of relocating to Denver can seem a little overwhelming. Denver has plenty of good things to offer, but moving here can be confusing, especially when coming from other metropolitan areas with different infrastructures and attitudes. Here’s our quick guide to moving to the Mile High City.
Where to Live
Depending on if you’ve secured a job or not, you need to decide how you feel about city living, the suburbs and commuting. While Denver traffic is nowhere near LA or New York traffic, it can be frustrating. Additionally, the suburbs of Denver have a particularly suburban feel. Anything not within Denver’s limits can feel isolating, especially for younger people. Moving to Littleton or Thornton when you intend to have a social life in the city can definitely provide some challenges. Because the cost of living in the suburbs is similar to renting in the city, if you have goals of living in Denver, try to live in Denver city limits.
To assess where you want to live, you’ll want to consider the following: is going out and socializing important to you at this point? Is quick commuting more important? Is providing good schools for your family the most important? This will help you choose between suburbs and city.
Where to Work
If you’re moving to Denver because you’ve secured a job, congratulations! If you’re moving for the lifestyle and weather, get ready to search. Start searching now. Denver has a bustling startup and tech scene, but there are also dozens and dozens of other people trying to move here. For those that aren’t into the business field, there are opportunities in the growing restaurant business and marijuana industry, but be prepared to have to compete for these jobs as well.
How to Get Around
Driving is still something most Denverites do on a regular basis. For those that live in the city proper, bicycle commuting is popular and there are many bike routes, but if you live in the suburbs or areas farther from your place of work, you will need a car. As the light rail and transit expand, this may change, but right now, expect to drive, especially for shopping purposes.
Where to Shop
As Denver grows, the area is also expanding its shopping options. Ikea opened in 2011 to much fanfare, and Denver recently got its first Trader Joe’s. If you’re coming from another metropolitan area, don’t expect as many options as you might have in larger cities like New York, San Francisco or Chicago. You might have to drive to get to your nearest grocery store, and you can expect to have to take a car for clothes shopping or even trips to Target.
As far as the actual move itself, you’ll have to find the best way to get your stuff here and get settled. Prepare to smile at everyone and go for hikes in beautiful weather, because even if those are stereotypes, you’ll eventually wind up doing it someday.
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