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Thinking of Moving to Colorado? 10 Things You Need to Know

By Landing | Mar 22, 2024
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Learn 10 things you must know if you’re considering moving to Colorado. Find out the pros and cons of this mountainous state and what to expect.

Colorado is known for its high-altitude peaks, national parks, and natural wonders. If you enjoy the great outdoors, it’s an excellent potential home. 

But, although the state’s unparalleled landscapes and other attractive attributes make it a tempting destination, there are a few drawbacks to consider before moving to Colorado. 

Discover if this is the right state for you with this guide that breaks down everything you need to know. 

Is Colorado a good place to live?

Deciding whether or not Colorado is a good place for you to live depends on a few factors — like any move. You should be able to work, live, and “play” comfortably in any new homeland. 

Consider Colorado’s job market, cost of living, and attractions before moving. If your industry isn’t present in the state and you aren’t a digital nomad, you may have trouble finding a job in your field or making ends meet in this relatively pricey state. 

And if you prefer warm weather, enjoy the ocean, or can’t live without the hustle of a New York City-sized metropolis, Colorado isn’t likely the place for you. It’s a better fit for outdoorsy folks who prefer laid-back living (and don’t mind cold seasons or being far from the beach).  

Generally, the state is a great destination, thanks to its diverse terrains, nearby national parks, and friendly cities. 

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3 things to know before moving to Colorado

Make a better-informed decision on whether Colorado is right for you by familiarizing yourself with what makes this state unique. Here are a few essential characteristics that define Colorado. 

1. Colorado’s high altitude provides a unique experience

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Natural attractions are one of the top reasons to move to Colorado — you’ll have something to explore every weekend. Many of the state’s towns and cities sit in impressive mountain ranges that scale from 5,000 to over 10,000 feet. 

Colorado’s Capital, Denver, is one of those high-altitude cities, sitting a mile above sea level and earning the title of the “Mile High City.” Your body might take a few days to acclimate to these heights, but afterward, the altitude is a plus — affording splendid views and opportunities for outdoor sports like climbing and snowboarding. 


Marijuana use is legal in Colorado for people over 21 years old. Those who consume this substance recreationally or for medicinal purposes can purchase high-quality products openly. However, there are rules governing marijuana usage. People may not consume marijuana in public or drive under the influence, so if you plan to use marijuana while in Colorado, be sure to read up on the law.

3. Coloradans are known for their warmth and hospitality

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Colorado inhabitants tend to be friendly and down to earth. Many are into the outdoors, enjoying craft beer and tasty meals, and living a laid-back lifestyle. While this is more a “vibe” than a fact, you just need to visit to experience the warmth of Coloradans. 

Pros and cons of living in Colorado

If you keep asking yourself, “Should I move to Colorado?” you’ll need to rationally assess the pros and cons before packing up the car and hitting the road. Here’s a balanced look at the perks and pitfalls of living in Colorado. 

Pros of life in Colorado

Colorado is generally a welcoming, fun environment — and its natural beauty is an undeniable draw. Here are a few more pros of Colorado living. 

Property taxes are low

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Coloradans homeowners only pay a couple of thousand dollars in home tax per year, ranking as one of the lowest five states for property taxes

The median income in Colorado is high


The U.S. census shows that median annual earnings in Colorado are over $87,000 per year. To put this figure in perspective, the national average is closer to $60,000 and the national median is about $75,000

Colorado boasts a vibrant lifestyle (all year round)

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Thanks to Colorado’s many state and national parks, there’s plenty to do all year round in nature. You can ski in the winter, camp in the spring and summer, and enjoy watersports so long as it’s warm enough for rivers and lakes to thaw. And if you’re not outdoorsy, Colorado has many other attractions, like breweries, upscale resorts featuring creative restaurants and bars, and music festivals. 

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Cons of life in Colorado

Colorado may seem perfect for the relaxed, landscape-loving person. But before making the move, consider the following drawbacks.

Housing prices in Colorado are high

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Homes in Colorado often cost over $500,000, and mortgage rates can be high (i.e., eight percent). These soaring home ownership costs don’t have to be a drawback for all Colorado hopefuls, as you can enjoy a flexible-lease Landing apartment instead of purchasing a home. 

Counties and cities can impose substantial sales taxes


While parts of Colorado have low sales taxes (around 3%), some cities’ rates reach 11%. Expect to find higher tax rates in resort towns.  

The cost of living can be steep

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Colorado’s cost of living can be steep. Apartments average $2,000–3,000 monthly rent, and a single person could expect to spend around $350 on groceries each month

Winters in Colorado can be challenging

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While Colorado winter snowfall leads to gorgeous white-capped peaks and plush powder for skiers, it also spurs road closures. You shouldn’t often have trouble getting around in major cities, but living remotely could mean being stuck after storms. 

Where to live in Colorado

Convinced that Colorado is for you? Now, the only question is where to land. The following Colorado cities are chock-full of attractions and amenable living spaces — great for someone who wants to live their adventure to the fullest. 


Denver, Colorado during sunset

Average cost of living: $3,700 for a single person

Denver has it all: sports stadiums, entertainment venues, and nightlife. The city is also home to craft breweries, eclectic shops, and tasty cuisine with New American and Latin influences. Plus, Denver is an excellent jumping-off point for weekend expeditions into nature as it’s flanked by Rocky Mountain National Park and the many scenic routes leading to it. 

Find your future home in Denver with Landing, which has 81 stunning apartments with flexible lease dates to accommodate an extended stay or a more permanent move.


Landscape in Boulder, Colorado

Average cost of living: $3,200 for a single person

Boulder is the “bike racer capital of the U.S.,” with hundreds of miles of trails that span its lush, mountainous landscape. It’s home to the University of Colorado, so it’s also a college town. The city has an artsy, intellectual vibe and the attractions to satiate it: museums, an art-house cinema, and live theaters.

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs landscape

Average cost of living: $2,800 for a single person

Colorado Springs is a top-notch destination for hikers, climbers, and other lovers of the great outdoors. Colorado Springs, on the eastern end of the Rocky Mountains, is well-connected to natural sites of interest, like Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods red sandstone rock formations. There are also many indoor adventures, thanks to the city’s art galleries, creative restaurants, and boutique shopping.

Tips for moving to Colorado

Start making your moving to Colorado checklist with some help from the locals and three insider tips that any aspiring Coloradan must know. 

  • Prepare to hydrate well: Colorado is a dry state — a detail only intensified by the elevation. You’ll need to increase your water intake, and you might want to invest in a good moisturizer and conditioner. 
  • Bring your dog: Colorado is exceptionally dog-friendly, so your pup will be allowed in parks, bars, and cafes. You can even take your canine hiking or skiing. 
  • Take the car: Bringing or renting a vehicle on your Colorado adventure will help you explore the state to the fullest. You can zoom between state parks on high-speed freeways (the speed limit is up to 75 miles per hour) or take the slow and scenic route. 

Live your best Colorado life with Landing

Pack your bags, load the dog into the car, and head to Denver, Boulder, or Colorado Springs. With a Landing membership, you can find with a turnkey apartment that makes your stay as comfortable and low-maintenance as possible, whether that’s in Colorado or any state. Enjoy the ride your way!