Don't like it - 3/8/2012
Althought many others really like the Denver metro area, I am not one of them. i have lived here 12 years and am planning to leave next year.
Sorry, but, being from the midwest, this place does not compare to the quality of life up north--in the midwest or even on the east coast. While there are a lot of people from CA here, they may be used to the brown mountains and lack of clean air, I am not one of them. Having lived in the midwest and east coast, I assumed that all mountains were green & lush until I moved here...and where are all the trees and WATER? These mountains are only green in May-June, when the snow melts down them. This is the most disgusting, filthy air I've ever seen. There's a brown cloud over the city most days of the year. Studies have shown that, if you live here, it's like smoking one pack of cigarettes per day (even if you don't smoke). When you travel anywhere out of CO, the air is cleaner and you can actually use 100% of your lung capacity. The mountains are a little less polluted, but make sure you have no altitude/barometric pressure problems before you move here.
The people aren't that friendly. Again, sorry, there are some that are great, but, on the whole, not happening. Even visiting NYC several times, I (and friends) found the people friendlier, so it cannot be blamed on a bigger city. It's quite strange, really, as I have never lived anywhere where so many people seem to be down, depressed and just grumpy most of the time--is it the too-high altitude?!
To say something good about it here, let me say that the sun shines almost every day of the year. That's nice. There are a few better areas to live in than Denver (especially south of town). But, too many very nice suburbs around Denver seem to have some weird sort of zoning problem--a very nice house, and a dumpy one next to it, etc., etc.
Anyway, like I said, many people really like it here. It's a good thing we all don't like the same place either.