When it comes to home relocation or job opportunities, potential movers often focus on large, bustling states that are well-known for busy cities and large populations. While many of the larger, more popular states do have wonderful cities that many desire to move to, there are states all across America that have several great cities and towns, perfect for any type of family or individual.
The state of Colorado, located in the West of the United States, is sometimes overlooked as a ‘quiet state’ due to its unassuming nature and reputation as a winter snow sport destination. While Colorado may not have the beaches and waterfront that a coastal state may have, there are several beautiful lakes and rivers throughout Colorado, in addition to a plethora of parks, campgrounds, nature resorts, and over 200 protected wildlife areas.
Denver, the largest of the cities in Colorado (the population is over 600,000), is home to several attractions such as the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Zoo, and the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. This city is rich in history and celebrates it by showcasing this history in the many museums throughout the city, much like in the victorian-style Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum. This museum gives a detailed history of the past, present, and future of women in Colorado and is just one of the historic house museums scattered through Denver. The job market in Denver is relatively welcoming for a large city, especially in the health care and social assistance fields, with an average household salary of $57,000 – with an unemployment rate of only 3%.
The second-largest city in the state, Colorado Springs is the perfect balance of city life and quiet country for those who desire the best of both worlds. Colorado Springs is known for their music scene and has their own philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, a highly-rated orchestra that performs formal theater shows in the city throughout the year. If you’re looking for more fun and adventure, Colorado Springs also has fun outdoor activities such as ziplining and hiking or unique indoor excitement like the local The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show. Colorado Springs is certainly one of the best places to live in Colorado, even beating Denver with a statistically better job market (tying Provo, Utah for 14th best in the country), continuing to show an economy that is growing steadily and encouraging an increase in job creation frequency each year.
Aurora has around half of the population of both Denver and Colorado Springs, with only 366,000 people living in this city. The town of Aurora is small but full of activities for residents of all ages. Whether you prefer outdoor entertainment, such as camping, hiking, and water sports or indoor activities such as gymnastics, cooking classes, and crafts and hobby classes, there’s something for you here. Aurora is considered a ‘clean air’ city, with many wildlife and nature parks in or near the area. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is an incredibly popular eco-tourism destination, with a spread of almost 16,000 acres of protected nature and wildlife. The Wings Over Rockies Air & Space Museum is also located in the area and is perfect for family outings or just for those interested in learning more about war crafts and WWII history. Aurora currently has positive job growth and has experienced a 14.9% job increase in the last ten years, with a median income of just over $50,000 each year.
All in all, Colorado has many beautiful, vibrant cities in which any resident would be lucky to live. Unlike many larger, more populated states, Colorado allows residents to have a great mix of city life, while also offering miles and miles of forests and wildlife to be explored.