The spring and summer months are traditionally thought of as the prime moving season in the real estate world, and that means a surge in moving activity across the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 35 million Americans moved from one residence to another in 2016, with around half of that group moving to a different county.
Increasingly, American homeowners and families are looking to relocate to cities where a strong economy is bolstered by a thriving culture and a wealth of opportunities for employment, education and entertainment. According to surveys like that from U.S. News and World Report, Denver, Colorado, is once again among the top destinations for movers checking each of these boxes.
The capitol of Colorado has proven to be an epicenter for growth in the U.S. for several years running. The Denver Post reported that Denver's population has increased by 2 percent every year from 2010 to 2015, while 2016 was the first year to break this streak with a growth rate of 1.9 percent. Clearly, thousands are attracted to the city for one reason or another. Here are some of the most commonly-cited explanations for the city's explosive growth and why you might consider a move this spring:
1. More bang for your buck
Compared to other major metropolitan areas, Denver and surrounding towns offer great value for homeowners. U.S. News and World report found the average cost of living to be lower in Denver than other metro areas of similar size. That means after factoring in housing costs, food prices and other essentials, many Denver residents still have some savings left over to put toward their dream backyard makeover, for example.
Newcomers to Denver might be surprised at how often they put their backyard or custom patio to good use during the spring and summer months
2. Pleasant weather
When people think of the Mile High City, as Denver is often nicknamed, they might assume constant snow and chilly temperatures. In fact, the area can be positively balmy in the summer, with an average temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit. These warm temperatures last from May until well into September, marking spring as an excellent time to relocate. And while the city gets its fair share of snow, it's rarely enough to disrupt travel in and around the bustling metro area. Newcomers to Denver might be surprised at how often they put their backyard or custom patio to good use during the spring and summer months.
3. Plenty of activities
While Denver may not be a sprawling metropolis, it offers a great balance between a big city atmosphere and a quiet town in the wilderness. On one hand, there is a bustling nightlife in and around downtown Denver, with a multitude of bars, restaurants, music venues and much more. At the same time, Denver residents are rarely more than a short drive from one of the city's 5,000 parks, walking trails, golf courses and playgrounds, according to U.S. News. Driving a little further out of town puts you in touch with several ski resorts, national parks and, of course, the great Rocky Mountains. Thrill-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts alike are sure to find plenty to do.
4. Wide open spaces
There are affordable deals to be found among Denver's real estate market, especially considering the amenities that most of these homes include. With its location on the historic frontier of the western U.S., the Denver area still boasts plenty of room for homeowners who enjoy a piece of nature in their own backyard. After installing a custom patio, outdoor lighting design and other finishing touches, Denver homeowners will be ready to enjoy the bright sunshine and mountain air from the comfort of their backyard.
If you're planning your next big move or just need a backyard refresh, ask the pros at System Pavers for more information on how to make the most of your space.