Destination Denver: The Mile High City boasts impressive growth

NerdWallet analyzed 100 of the largest cities in the US based on their unemployment rate, employed population growth and median annual earnings for full-time workers. From this data, they established Denver, Colorado as one of the top cities for job seekers. Colorado in general is in the top five states for job growth.

The Denver job market is attracting newcomers from across the country, especially Millennial workers. Not only is there a flourishing job market, but the Denver area offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. People are living the high life in the Mile High City, and not just because recreational marijuana is legal. The Mile High City has long been considered one of the coolest places to live in the US for a number of reasons.

Denver’s Wild West roots

Founded in the 1800s during the gold rush, Denver was once considered part of the Wild West. Today, people continue to enjoy Colorado’s wildlife life while living in close proximity to one of the country’s fastest-growing urban areas. Denver boasts a vibrant cultural scene with local arts and live music. The gorgeous Red Rocks Amphitheater is just miles outside of downtown Denver. Public parks are scattered throughout the city and cater to dog-lovers, bikers, walkers and skaters. Food trucks and street venders serve mouth-watering dishes to hungry consumers. Some breakfast burrito vendors even deliver their food to your office door.

Neighborhood watch

As you’re house hunting in Denver, pay attention to the neighborhood. The Mile High City has different neighborhoods with distinct personalities. Cap Hill is a lively part of the city with eclectic residents. Uptown is home to young adults and, therefore, has a lot of bars. If you’re looking for an upscale home, Country Club might be a better fit for you. Denver has a neighborhood for everyone, so be sure to do your research before you commit to a new home. Locals refer to parts of the city in code, so start learning the difference between LoDo (Lower Downtown), RiNo (River North), LoHi (Lower Highland), NoDo (Northern Downtown), SoCo (South of Colfx) and SoBo (South Broadway).

The forecast is bright 

The weather in Denver is nice, like super nice. With 300 days of sunshine every year, the city doesn’t have many gloomy days. Even though there is a lot of snowfall in the winters-sometimes over 50 inches!-it melts quickly and typically falls in a few big storms. The city’s high altitude makes the sun’s UV rays more intense, so don’t forget to invest in Chapstick and sunscreen.

Denver dress code

One of the things newcomers are quick to notice is the Denver dress code, or lack thereof. Locals prefer to live comfortably and their wardrobe reflects that. Jeans, flannels, and t-shirts are the common attire for most Denverites. Speaking of clothes, blue and orange will become staple colors in your wardrobe. Denver is Bronco turf and the fans are proud of their home NFL football team.

Keep your priorities straight

Denverites hustle as hard as anyone. Their many successful businesses are proof of that, but people in Denver maintain a strong work-home life balance. Winter sports and craft beers are priorities in Denver. The city is full of snowboarders and skiers who love local breweries, such as the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Co, and the Breckenridge Brewery. The Mile High City has been called the “Napa Valley of Beer.” Cheers to that. Keep in mind that the alcohol will have a greater affect on your body at higher altitudes.
Denver is the perfect mix of urbanites and adventurers. Job market growth in the area continues to attract a new population of outdoor enthusiasts and devoted cosmopolitans. In the Mile High City, you rally can have the best of both worlds.