I'm considering moving there. What's the cost of living like from your perspective? Job market?
Anyone live in Denver?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/15/2013|
No personal perspective, OP, but (if you've not investigated already) there are a number of online "cost of living comparison" calculators such as this one. There's variation among these, and each has its own assumptions on how people spend money, so it's worth looking at the criteria and emphasis.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/03/2013|
Great air quality, CREEPY airport
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/03/2013|
Thanks for the link, R1!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/03/2013|
Just left Denver a year ago ....mixed bag. When I moved there in 1997 , it was wonderful ...by 21012, a million more people had moved there, traffic was awful, home prices skyrocketed, etc. they call it "the LA of the Rockies". Smog in winter due to the inversion is awful. Good stuff? Nice quality of life, fitness is king, lots of hotties. Younger Gays live in Capitol Hill near the "Queen Sooper" grocery store. Wealthier, older gays are all in Stapleton "Gaypleton" and some in Wash Park, etc.
Some days I miss it greatly ....
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/03/2013|
Thats 2012 ^
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/03/2013|
I hear real estate has gone very expensive there.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/03/2013|
We can get a shitload of snow but it doesn't stick around for long.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/03/2013|
Which is better: Denver or Chicago?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/03/2013|
R2- yes the airport is CREEPY....I don't believe it is an Illuminati gathering hot spot BUT it is creepy.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/03/2013|
Denver is much nicer than Chicago, r8. The weather is milder, the city is cleaner, and Denver is more gay friendly, IMO. The airport is bizarre, and gives me the creeps too. Housing is on the expensive side, depending on what part of town you want to live in, of course. I actually don't find traffic to be that bad (compared to some other cities the same size).
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/03/2013|
I was stationed there for 3 years. I love Denver, but it can be a bit insular (people are fundamentally nice...just not very welcoming). The job market isn't that great from what I hear; however, the cost of living is a lot better than you'll find on the east or west coasts.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/03/2013|
R10 Thanks for answering. I figured Denver would be clean and that the people would be nicer.
I've never technically been in Denver, but I have been through the airport for a connecting flight, and I honestly thought it was a nice airport, so I don't understand this talk of the airport being "creepy". However, the last time I was there was 1998, so did it change after then or something?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/03/2013|
Christ, are there ANY major cities that have good job markets? Seems like the only one is Austin, TX right now. I really just want to move somewhere that's not super expensive yet still pretty big in terms of population.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/03/2013|
IBM is building a 8 floor building in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge and filling it full of 500 or so engineers and staffers. 6.8% unemployment rate. Two major universities, community college, hospitals galore.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/03/2013|
Well, OP, I currently live in Austin, and I lived in Denver for 8 years. And I love both places equally. So torn. The weather is nicer in Austin if you like to wear shorts nearly year round. I can remember some winters in Denver when the HIGH would be 10 degrees, -15 with the wind chill.
But I loved having the mountains just a few minutes away...of course, if you like lakes, Austin's your best bet. The Cherry Creek reservoir ain't exactly fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/03/2013|
"Christ, are there ANY major cities that have good job markets? Seems like the only one is Austin, TX right now. I really just want to move somewhere that's not super expensive yet still pretty big in terms of population."
Minneapolis has a great job market and it meets your criteria.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/03/2013|
Denver is still rather small townish. It's rather boring and no real public transportation.
It's nice but I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere.
And Colorado has a lot of fundies. I didn't find it "gay-friendly".
There are worse places. But it's definitely second-tier.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/03/2013|
inside info: go get a job at Comcast NBC Universal.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/03/2013|
OP, is it difficult to get to Denver from the other 47 contiguous states?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/03/2013|
[quote]Great air quality, CREEPY airport
It's fine as long as you DON'T GO NEAR THE BASEMENT.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/03/2013|
google creepy airport and pages and pages and pages of sites about Denver's airport come up. It is really bizarre looking
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/03/2013|
I has been updated since 1998.
Yes BTR does have jobs w the petrochemical industry ...but still not as hip as Denver or Austin.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/03/2013|
[quote]I loved having the mountains just a few minutes away.
It takes HOURS to get to the mountains on the weekends. Horrendous traffic and don't even think of driving out of town on a holiday weekend...bumper to bumper.
And summers are hotter than hell. One was enough for us.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/03/2013|
R23, you need to leave really early if you want to go to the mountains for the weekend. The summers are hot, but it's a dry heat so it doesn't feel as hot. I lived in LA for a year, so I guess everything is better here (traffic, heat, etc). I should have added that it is kind of small town ish. If you don't like outdoor activities (skiing, hiking, etc) you may get bored.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/04/2013|
It's been 90 degrees every day here for nearly two months solid.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/04/2013|
Denver: Overgrown cow town. No thanks.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/04/2013|
Their local newspaper is awful. They wrote a SCATHING critique of me so I went to the publishers and told her to retrrract it or I was going to cram it down her throat.
A vicious fight ensued right in front of her damn dog.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/04/2013|
I lived in Denver for 20+ years (for work and family reasons). Since 1965, city "officials" have said it's on the verge of being a "world class city." In fact, we used to make it into a drinking game. Most recently, when Clinton announced his next conference would be in Denver, TPTB again invoked "world class city." Truth is: it's a nice mid-size town. No great colleges. Marginal arts scene. Parts are walkable but not to anywhere you'd want to go if you're well-travelled. I owned property in LoDo and LoHi (purchased both in the 1980s). Just sold both for 5 and 6x what I paid for them. Neither neighborhood has anything on the West Loop or the Gold Coast. If quality means anything to you, opt for Chicago.
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|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/15/2013|
I am wondering if Denver will be a sea area in 100 years. Bizarre. I remember a few years ago, someone posted a photo showing areas of the US that would be covered by water in 500 years, and I laughed because it showed the Rocky Mountains completely covered by water. It didn't make sense, due to the altitude. I drove into Aurora (Denver suburb) yesterday, and had to drive home through areas with three feet of water. It was terrifying. The mountain towns have been hit so much worse....I cannot even imagine what they are going through. These are supposedly biblical floods, and once in 500 plus year events, but the scary thing is that they said the same things with the fires in the summer. Global warming isn't pretty. I should probably post this on the global warming thread, if I can find it.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/15/2013|