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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 19Low Cost of Living Ranking: 33
State Economy Ranking: 33
|Average Temperatures (Denver):
The Short of It
What food best represents Colorado?
- Black bean burgers or burritos 2
- Rocky Mtn. Oysters with Cholula or a really good hamburger 3
- Maybe a bison burger or Palisade peaches! 4
- Buffalo burger! 5
What song best represents Colorado?
- Rocky Mountain High – John Denver 2, 4, 5
- All of the Lights – Pretty Lights and Kanye West Remix (Pretty Lights is from Colorado) 3
How does CO refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Soda 1, 3
- People from all over flock to Denver, so while I was raised saying soda, I often hear pop or coke. 2
- Pop. Or beer since we’re home to Odell & New Belgium! 4
- Both soda and pop — many transplants here 5
If you could take a friend to one place in CO, where would it be?
- RED ROCKS! 1
- Maroon Bells, a gorgeous pair of mountains outside Aspen, or Wash Park in south Denver, my very favorite park in the country. 2
- The Great Sand Dunes because I haven’t been there, and I want to wrestle the alligators that are outside of the park. 3
- Trail Ridge Road/Rocky Mountain National Park 4
- To the top of Pikes Peak 5
Dream Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park (photo by krossbow)
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about CO?
- That we are all a bunch of pot-smoking hippies. Not true! Or I’ve heard that there’s a bunch of cowboys. Uhh, what? Not that I’ve seen!!! 1
- I’ve heard that we’re a bunch of cowboys before, which is certainly a huge misconception. There are farms on the eastern plains and some rustic towns in the mountains, but that’s about it. I’ve also heard that we’re all ski bums, which I’ve found to be more true about the transplants than the natives. It also doesn’t snow constantly in the winter. Usually the snow melts over the course of the next day or so anyway. 2
- This one is hard. That there is nothing to do outside of skiing. I have had a really hard time getting people to visit outside of ski season, which is really expensive and obviously only in the mountains. The summers are unbelievably fun, and we have a B-cycle program, free outdoor movies/music/festivals/etc., great food, and nice people. 3
- It snows year-round. We really don’t get that much snow and could actually use more moisture! Despite recent legislation, we’re not all a bunch of potheads. 4
- People think we get snow here. I shoveled my driveway 3 times last year. This year it might have been 6 or 7, and we had a “good” snow year. There are plenty of days on the Front Range in the 50s and up in the winter. Plus, it’s always sunny! 5
Best aspect about living in CO?
- For the most part we are an active state. Most people that I know love doing outdoor activities, and Colorado has plenty to offer! Skiing, hiking, boating — enjoying all that mother nature has to offer. 1
- I can’t narrow it down. We have an up-and-coming music and art scene. We’re one of the healthiest states in the country, probably because it’s sunny around 300+ days a year and you feel guilty not getting out and running/hiking/cycling. It’s dry here, so the summers are hot and the winters are cold but neither are unbearable in the slightest. Plus we have very few bugs because of it. Cost of living is relatively low. The weather is constantly changing so it doesn’t get boring. And there’s a ridiculously amazing microbrewery scene if that interests you at all! 2
- There is so much to do and we have a really high standard of living. There is a lot of energy and excitement about living in Denver/Colorado. 3
- All the opportunities for outdoor activities — camping, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, whitewater rafting, etc. — and all the sunshine. My mother-in-law (from NM) always comments on how clean it is here and the abundance of walking trails. 4
- I love how sunny it is, and people are friendly. There are always a million things to do, many of them free! Taxes are mid-range, I think (5%), but property taxes and homeowner’s insurance are low (insurance is something to consider). Most adults are educated and we are the thinnest state. There are many reasons I don’t want to move! 5
Worst aspect about living in CO?
- I can’t think of any right now, except maybe the fact we just got a blizzard and it’s the end of April! 1
- The moody weather can be annoying. And being a swing state gets obnoxious during election seasons. 2
- Living “the lifestyle” can be expensive and prices are going up. I’ve noticed recently that in polls Colorado ranks really high for debts and foreclosures, especially during the recession. 3
- The ocean is far away and wildfires are no fun. 4
- The water (reservoirs and lakes) is freezing! Think snow melt. Sometimes winter lasts until May. We get most of our cloudy and cold days when everyone else is warming up. Also, the soil is very alkaline, so if you love lots of flowering trees and bushes, you’d find this barren. You can only love an evergreen so much! 5
Summarize your feelings about Colorado in five words.
- Outdoor playground full of sunshine. 1
- I’m wholeheartedly obsessed with it. 2
- Sun, fun, snow, love, home 3
- Safe, happy, fresh, fun, beautiful 4
- Becomes your hometown 5
Our Freaking Take
Neither Johnny nor I have ever called Colorado home. But after reading about it in this post, it sounds pretty great. I used to vacation there during the summer when I was growing up. It was the off-season for tourists, so my parents could rent a home in the mountains for a reasonable price, and we’d spend the week hiking. I loved those vacations. And Johnny spent a few days snowboarding Colorado’s finest slopes when he was a college freshman. Having lived in Utah, we’re familiar with Colorado’s climate. While we love the dry heat, the cold isn’t our favorite. Although, dry cold isn’t nearly as bad as humid cold. After reading everyone’s take on Colorado, it’s definitely moved up a few notches on our list. Who knows, we might just call it home someday!
How did these answers line up with your perception of Colorado? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?