These Reviewers Don't Listen to Them
There are people on here trashing Denver that have not lived here long enough to do such a thing. This is a great city and there is a lot to do. I moved out here in 1998 from the Philadelphia area with nothing. I got married here, I had my son here, I got my career here, and I meant great people that I am still friends with to this day.
I am not going to ramble on about how it used to be, but I will talk about the present. I have lived in Capital Hill, 5 Points, downtown, Englewood, and now near the Tech Center. I would say I am qualified to talk about Denver. So here we go.
The weather is freaking awesome compared to back East. If you like sun, moderate temperatures (all 4 seasons), low humidity, and vast open scenery -- this is the place. Like they say. If you don't like the weather in Colorado, wait a few hours. The people are cool and for the most part and chill. People seem to not get in your business, and just want to do what they need to do -- low drama. The entertainment and things to do is vast. From pub crawling on Colfax, to hitting up dope clubs, to heading out West to enjoy the other half of Colorado. If you are into outdoor activities , I cannot really think of a better place. I got into rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, road cycling, and just enjoying the scenery on my motorcycle. People here, for the most part are into fitness and it shows. You will not see a lot of obese, lazy people here -- it is an incentive to get into shape. Job wise, not bad. From my experience, there are a lot of trade jobs, as well as desk jockey jobs -- I have done both. I have been working in the IT field for more than 19 years, and I never had an issue finding a decent job -- one job I worked there 13 years. Oh, I almost forgot. This is the micro beer capital of the US, and the weed selection is off the hook, if you are into that stuff.
Over the years, the Denver metro area has expanded exponentially. This has raised the cost of living resulting in natives struggling for home ownership, and the rent is high. Yet another incentive to better yourself and increase your earning potential. Traffic sucks -- I don't know what to tell you, but it does. Getting to the mountains on the weekend is a feat within itself. If you are a mountain person, I suggest living closer to the front range like Golden area, unincorporated Jefferson County (outskirts of Littleton), and the outskirts of Lakewood. The two main interstates -- I25, and I70 are busy between 7am to 7pm. People compare the traffic to LA, not even close. There is the "brown cloud" that hovers over downtown and people complain about the air quality - it never bothered me. I am from Philadelphia, so the homeless and crime does not phase me even after being out here for 20 years. The "ghettos" of Denver are nothing of the sort. The most "ghetto" are of Denver does not compare to Phili, Pittsburgh, Camden, etc. If you are not into city life, no worries, Colorado is a big state, and there are many areas were you don't even need to ever visit Denver.
It is a great city with great people. Don't let the reviews fool you.