For folks that are transplants are you happy you moved here

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I spent my summer in Denver. From Chicago. I have to say quality of life was significantly higher than Chicago due to weather, cost, easier driving infrastructure etc.

But it feels a bit too polished. I miss the grit, history and culture of Chicago. And the food.

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Chicago is way cheaper than Denver

Coming from NYC it was a big change. I’ve lived in Denver for two years, Cap Hill to be specific. Colorado is beautiful, most of the people here are nice, and I love the mountains as well.
But for me, the nightlife is lacking, restaurants all seem to close at 9, the food just doesn’t compare to other places, and the homeless population is jarringly worse than back east. There’s just not that much to DO outside of outdoorsy-related activities. I love to ski, I love to hike. For those things, Colorado is unbeatable. The friends I’ve made here that are from the middle of the country have told me it’s more of a city than they’ve ever experienced.
I’m not unhappy to have moved here, but I’m leaving Denver in a month. It was a great experience, and I hope to visit frequently. But I can’t live here long-term.

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I have lived her for 20 years and I love it, and won’t move. That said, it isnt for everyone. We live outside Denver. We mtb about 5 days a week most of the year. We have incredible mtb trails right behind our house. We have a ski condo and ski 50-60 days in the ski season. Naturally, both my kids compete in skiing and cycling. If you think you fit that mold (active person who wants to be part of an active family), you might enjoy it. Most people don’t dip their toe in the outdoor lifestyle. It is too expensive to be an avid skier and mountain biker and have other hobbies like golfing, hunting, or sports cars. People drop a lot of money to ski and cycle, and they treat it as a lifestyle it a hobby.

Denver is a decent sized town, so everyone can find a “tribe” of people like them.

However if you are one of the following, you might not find your lifestyle prevalent.

You want to grind a 100 hours a week on a team in a high stress role such as PE or IB. Most people are a little more laid back here. You may not find a lot of those environments, or companies that promote or reward that behavior.

You want to be single and ready to mingle. Household formations seem high here. People seem to be looking to settle down. Most people I know over 30 have a significant other. Most over 35 have a kid or are trying for one.

You want a crazy nightlife scene and to stay out at bars until the wee hours of the morning. Many people here love the outdoors and don’t want sleep away the day. A lot of people don’t see midnight very often and prefer to fill up on a few IPAs and not guzzle yellow beers.

You are the gym, tan, laundry type. Sure people are fit. Very fit. They work out in gyms, CrossFit gyms, and outdoors. However the fancy car, nice tan, gold chain scene is not a big one. Shorts, flip flops, fleeces and ball caps are acceptable at most establishments.

You want to be a city dweller, take public transportation, ditch a car and soak up culture. You want to eat at great restaurants. Denver doesn’t fit that bill. Think Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Phoenix with a great view, active people and a ton of outdoor activities.

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SAD 1: Caryl Valley. Mtb are great challenging singletrack and private. We are about an 1 hr 20 min from WP if you can go outside of busy windows.

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Yes but not at all bc of Denver. The mountains are worth it, but the city sucks

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I’m in Conifer, but Evergreen, Golden and Morrison are all good options too and still within 40 mins of the city - some as a close as 20

Everyone complaining (90% of this thread) please leave Colorado. Thanks

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Working on it :)

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It’s been 6 weeks. Verdict still pending

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For everyone saying the food sucks, it does, but get on Denver foodies on Facebook to find the good stuff. It’s there

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A few Asian restaurants to try: Vinh Xuong, Masons Dumplings, Hop Alley, Seoul Mandoo, Banh and Butter

It’s been two months and I miss all my friends. How tf do I meet people who don’t suck here

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Volo sports

Yes and no.

Yes for the mountains and outdoors.

But as an East Asian I miss the food options in CA. I also miss the diversity and the more accepting culture. I moved from OC so not much homeless problem vs Denver. But Denver is 10x better than the other places I lived in (TX, IN).

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I love it. We moved for the lifestyle and beautiful scenery and couldn’t be happier. I get to look out my backyard and see wildlife like below. I think if you want to be near a big city and love spending time outdoors and in the mountains then there is probably no better place to live in the country. If you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors and in the mountains then there are lots of cities better than Denver for you

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Compared to NY, yes the food is not the best but it’s not that bad either! We moved to Denver from NY and we love it here, in fact my husband is from Brooklyn and when we go back for the holidays he can’t wait to get out of the city, I just wish for Magnolia Bakery or Ess a Bagel (I miss their white fish salad) to open a store here, well my husband misses White Castle but honestly we can give it up for the better quality of live we have over here, no more long commutes, nicer people, the mountains, cool things to do all year round, etc, etc.

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I like it but feel like I truly had more of a community on the west coast. I’m very social, I like the weirdness of the cities on the west coast and miss the ocean a bit. That being said, my quality of living went up significantly, my commute is easy, and it was easier to find a partner here. The sunshine is great, people are pretty chill, I like my office culture here. I actually spend a lot more time working since moving here. I love the mountain sports - though the traffic on 70 can be pretty painful. I’m open to staying but also open to moving back to the west coast.

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It’s been 2 months. Not sure yet

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Yes and no.

Yes for the lifestyle I get to live near the mountains, hiking, fly fishing, skiing, etc.

No because none of my family lives here, so lots of trips out of state to see family/friends.

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Yes and no. On one end I’m so happy to have left Florida. On the other I have made friends but now cannot afford a home here and stuck at a crossroads. Do I let go of my friend network to buy a home for my family, or do I perpetually rent like a serf?

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I like the outdoors aspect. Dating wise it's shit. 😂

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100% , i moved from Atlanta and I won’t be moving back. Looking forward to winters and enjoying summers in the mountains can’t be beat. I f I want to be somewhere else it’s a 3 hr flight max. Only draw back is that flying east sucks.

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Also moved from Atlanta. Don’t miss the heat and humidity at all

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Very! One of the best decisions. Transplant from LA. Bought a house in late 2019. We hike almost every weekend when the weather permits. Currently enjoying the stunning colorful fall.

As an Asian, the only thing I miss is the variety of Asian food and Asian market, but I have non regret giving it up in exchange for the other benefits.

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It took me awhile to really call Denver home and I miss the size, diversity, and cosmopolitanism of a Chicago or Miami or San Francisco but Denver is pretty awesome. Think I'll be here a long time.

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9 years and couldn’t be happier. I’m grateful to see the mountains every day. Some people like skyscrapers some people like nature. Figure out what makes you happy and try to move accordingly.

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I have to find better summer activities, summer in Colorado is when I wish I was in chicago . Rest of the seasons I’m good , today I looked at the mountains 🏔 was happy :)

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