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Tips on Moving to Denver

In the past few years, Denver has become an increasingly popular and enjoyable place to live. Once dubbed a layover city, Denver has continued to grow and attract new, loyal residents who come here for the long haul.  Its designation as one of the nation's healthiest places to live, as well as its proximity to the mountains, has inspired many people to move to the Mile High City. Moving to Denver is a popular trend that shows no signs of slowing down—so what do you need to know before you get here? We have a few tips for making your move to Denver a pleasant experience.

First of all, there is altitude that differs from many other cities. Denver is situated 5,280 feet above sea level. While this level of elevation usually does not cause problems for healthy individuals, people with heart conditions should take caution until they are acclimated. If you are moving from Florida, for example, which is at sea level, the difference is astounding. Some people even can get headaches and nausea, which can be soothed with peppermint and an oxygen bar.

Denver prides itself on fitness and healthy living. Colorado is America’s slimmest and fittest state, according to the Center for Disease Control. It is a hub for fitness, home to over 200 parks used for running and physical activity, and the Rocky Mountains are nearby urging residents to come hiking and climbing.  Food is pretty healthy as well, and Whole Foods has a large following as it serves a variety of food that the Denver clientele can stand behind.

Housing is a little tricky. As the population has continued to grow, the housing developments have slacked off a little. Multi-family housing (apartments and condos) are growing in terms of recent construction, but that has not always been the case. The result is a lot of residents and potential residents looking for a place to live, which can get competitive when properties are listed. There are also plenty of single-family upscale homes outlying the Denver metro in areas such as the Washington Park area, Cherry Creek, City Park and Governor's Park.

Public transit is a big thing here. In keeping with the fitness, the health, the outdoors, and the fresh mountain air, Denver people are quick to commute and cut down on pollution. Denver has an extensive system of buses, subways, trollies and light rail. There is a free bus that travels down the 16th Street Mall. Denver also is a pedestrian-friendly city. When calculating the cost of living, keep in mind that living in Denver's suburbs may require you to drive to the park-and-ride and then take the light rail into the city.

Best of luck on your move to Denver and we hope to see you in the Mile High City.