Destination Guide – Denver
Fact file on Denver
Capital City: Colorado
Population: estimated 5,747,000 people in 2016
Currency: American dollar
Language: The majority of the population in Colorado speak English. Other languages include Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.
Business opportunities: Job opportunities have increased by 64,100 between October 2015 to October 2016. It’s worth noting that you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) as soon as you arrive in Canada to work there.
Climate: The majority of Colorado is made up of mountains, hills and desert areas. The people who live there experience dry autumns, low humidity summers, windy springs and dry winters. The first bout of snow usually arrives in September, with mountain resorts experiencing more than 300 inches of snow throughout the winter.
The way of life in Colorado
- Red Rocks Amphitheatre
This Amphitheatre hosts a wide range of entertainment events, including concerts and festivals, as well as being the home of the Colorado music hall of fame.
- Annual tomato fight
Every year, the Colorado-Texas Tomato War takes place at Twin Lakes, Colorado, where thousands of participants throw 300,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other. Despite attracting crowds of people during the 1980s, this tomato fight ended in the early 1990s due to liability and insurance worries, only to be revived in 2011 and become more popular than ever!
- Land of outdoor activities
Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or simply want to get active, the culture in Colorado is centred around outdoor recreational activities, from skiing, snowboarding and rafting, to hiking, biking, and boating.
- Spectating sporting events
Sport plays another huge part of Colorado culture, so why not throw yourself into their way of life by attending events with some of their major sports teams, such as the Denver Broncos (football), Colorado Rockies (baseball), Denver Nuggets (basketball) and Colorado Avalanche (ice hockey)?
- Food and drink traditions
There are number of cocktails and culinary concoctions which have originated in Colorado, including Rocky Mountain Oysters, the Colorado Snowball and the Colorado Bulldog.
Managing your finances in Colorado
After the recession, the value of homes in Colorado were at a 10-year low, averaging at about $201,000. However, by September 2015, the price of homes rebounded, with an average home value coming to $282,000.
Renting a place in Colorado is typically more expensive than the U.S. average. Whilst the cost of a studio apartment is usually relatively cheap and lower than the U.S. average, the cost of renting a one-bedroom or three-bedroom apartment is usually considerably higher.
When it comes to the cost of living in Colorado, the property tax rates are some of the nation’s lowest, and the average monthly utility bill is approximately 27% lower than the U.S. average. Having said that, to live the lifestyle in Colorado, particularly in exclusive resort towns such as Aspen, you could end up paying a considerable amount of money on weekend trips to the mountains, equipment and clothing for activities, or watching sporting events.
Ease of moving
Prior to travelling to America, you will need to apply for a visa issued by a U.S Embassy or Consulate which permits you to travel from the UK to America. Once this has been obtained, you will need to arrange for a professional removals company to ship all of your belongings over and take care of documentation associated with US customs. Before packing, it is worth taking a look at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website to check which items are prohibited and restricted when entering America.
For any belongings which you want to keep hold of, but will not need in the near future in Colorado, secure storage may be the best solution. That way, you can easily access your things when you are back in the UK or family members can bring some items with them when visiting, without cluttering up your new home as soon as you move in.
Whittle International Movers
At The Whittle Group, we understand how daunting relocating to another country can be, which is why we aim to make your move as straightforward and stress-free as possible. As such, our specialist international removals department will facilitate the entire process, from planning and packing, to shipping and storage.
We are also fully equipped to move people and businesses from the USA back to the UK, promising a cost-effective, efficient services tailored to your exact needs. To find out more about any of our services, or to book an appointment with us, please get in touch with our expert team today.
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