Denver is the capital of the state of Colorado in the United States. Located in the South Platte River Valley, Denver is also Colorados most populous city to date and the 21st most populous city in the United States (with a 2015 estimated population of 2,814,330). Nicknamed the Mile-High City because of its elevation that exactly one mile above sea level, this also makes it one of the highest major cities in the country.
With 78 official neighborhoods varying from skyscrapers to suburban houses to ancestral houses, Denver is considered one of the best cities to live in, not just for entrepreneurs, but for everyone. Some of the best neighborhoods in Denver are: The Highlands, Capitol Hill, Cheeseman, Five Points, Cherry Creek, Uptown, and Wash Park. While each neighborhood has its own history, culture, and type of housing, its not only these that people flock to Denver for. There is something for everyone in the big city. For one thing, its very close to Boulder, which is the college or hipster town in Colorado.
Because of where the city is located, Denver experiences four seasons and moderate precipitation each year, though it could also be subject to sudden weather changes. Its known to be sunny all the time (averaging at 300 days of sunshine a year) and it is rarely hit by tornados. If a homebuyer is looking to move to Denver, then he should consider the entire city when looking for a home and not just look at the great neighborhoods. There are many reasons that residents have stated why Denver is a great place to live.
The Sports Teams Denver has seven professional sports teams. There are the Broncos for football, the Rookies for baseball, the Avalanches for hockey, the Nuggets for basketball, and the Rapids for soccer. They are also home to two lacrosse teams the Mammoth Boxes and the Outlaws. The city is home to many sports fans so there is always a game going on somewhere in the neighborhoods.
Good for Startups and Employment Denver hosts three major events that cater to startup companies which are the Denver Open Coffee, the Denver NewTech Meetup, and Denver Refresh. There are also smaller events and resources that could be found all over the city and many organizations are more than willing to help out budding entrepreneurs. There is also the Denver Office for Economic Development that hosts the JumpStart Biz Plan competition which helps startups by giving them initiatives that could go as high as $50,000.
Because of the growing startup and tech scene in the city and in nearby Boulder, there are good chances of landing a job. The federal and state governments are two of the largest public sector employers in Denver, and for private companies, there are Lockheed Martin and Comcast.
Education Denver citizens are known to be well educated, with over 38% of the population having a college degree. Its also ranked as 9th top city in terms of college education in the United States. Many of the residents of Denver graduated from the top three local universities Colorado University, Colorado State University, and Denver University.
Cost of Living The cost of living in Denver is around the national average, which means that it is around half the cost of living in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the world (and one of the cities with the highest costs of living). They are also reputed to have the best breakfast burritos and are ranked fourth by CNN in breweries per capita. Outdoor activities are also very affordable, with REIs flagship store located in the city, and the city itself being so very near the Rock Mountains.
Arts and Entertainment Denver is home to many museums and theaters. The most notable places for any art or history buff are: The Denver Center for Performing Arts and the Paramount Theater. The Red Rocks Amphitheater is one of the most famous locations in Denver, and is just 20 minutes outside the city. Being used as a performance center for more than 100 years, the Red Rocks Amphitheater is made up of two giant stone monoliths. As for any person who wants to shop, dine, and drink, then Lower Downtown (called Lodo) is the best place to go. Its the go-to place to experience the Denver nightlife and there are also several condominiums where a homebuyer could settle down, work, and play.
Get Around Town Easily Even if a person does not have car, its not a big problem in Denver. A person getting to work could catch the bus, train, and even rent a bike because of the citys bike-sharing system!
There are many more reasons as to why Denver is one of the best locations to consider living in. Great neighborhoods aside, it manages to combine both urban and the environment, creating a thriving hub that everyone would be proud to live in.