Relocating to Colorado — You Know You’re a Coloradan When…

People are still moving to Colorado at a strong rate. Though the population boom peaked between 2014 and 2015 with nearly 101,000 new people who moved to Colorado, our state still is appealing to those looking to relocate.

If you’re considering relocating to Colorado, what do you need to know? And how do you know when you’re officially a Coloradan?

Relocating to Colorado

Before you relocate anywhere, always do your homework.  The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is a good resource as well as finding an experience REALTOR®.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Denver, Colorado, as the #2 in their Best Places to Live in the USA for 2017.  The public survey of thousands of individuals across the U.S. finds out what makes a place desirable to live in, and factors in data from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. It asks questions about cost of living, employment, and education as well as quality of life, crime rates, and health care. Denver rates 7.5 out of 10 possible points.

As you begin your home search, check out these popular places to live in Colorado. Your real estate agent can also provide local expertise and the inside scoop on any areas you might be considering.

Becoming a Coloradan

After you’ve moved to Colorado, you’ll likely have a few important firsts – your first step into your new home, your first office snow day, your first taste of green chile. Whether you recently moved to Colorado or have lived here your entire life, here are 10 ways you know you’re an official Coloradan:

  1. You always know what direction is west.
  2. Your keep your Sorel boots next to your Chaco sandals – a foot of snow one day, sixty degrees the next.
  3. The bicycle on your neighbor’s car is worth more than the car. For that matter, so are your neighbor’s kayak, skis, sailboard, raft, snowshoes, and fly fishing equipment.
  4. Your wardrobe now consists of blue and orange, alongside ski pants, bike shorts, flannel, and everything made of Gortex.
  5. When you go to a formal restaurant, you wear your black denim.
  6. You call in sick because it’s going to be a fresh powder day.
  7. You re-named your dog “Elway.”
  8. You have to explain to out-of-towners that green chile is not chili.
  9. You discover that “Camping in Bear Country” really means something.
  10. You now know Denver is not a mountain town.

As you start your Colorado home search, visit to see the most accurate and up-to-date information on homes for sale. You can also search homes for rent and set up custom searches with your My REcolorado account.

Connect with a local Colorado REALTOR® to start your Colorado home search today!