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What Denver is like for active adults

Denver, Colorado, the "Mile High City", offers just about every type of living arrangement, recreational opportunity, and cultural program that an active adult could want. All of this in an unusually beautiful setting with the Rocky Mountains towering overhead. The City and the County of Denver has over 600,000 residents and about 2.4 million in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area.

The city got its start in 1858 as part of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush and seems have to exploded with growth ever since. Outdoor recreation is superb, and there are many cultural things to do when the sun, which shines here 300 days a year, goes down. The area has a relatively mild climate compared to the mountains nearby. It stands at exactly one mile above sea level - 5,280 ft.

Here is information on retirement in Colorado. Photo of Invesco Field courtesy of Wikipedia and David Shankbone.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

If you want to live in an eclectic, vibrant, and urban area of Denver, you should consider the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Just outside the heart of downtown Denver, Capitol Hill offers residents the ability to walk just about anywhere, including stores, restaurants, park, public transit, and more. There are fewer new developments here, but many of the older buildings have been rehabbed. For active adults it can be the best of both worlds; city living with convenience.
Denver was not affected as severely as the rest of the nation, particularly the southwest, by the 2009 housing crash. Real estate is more expensive than the national average, with the median sale price at $353,500 in the 4th quarter of 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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What is special about this retirement community

City in a mountain setting; Unusually beautiful and extensive parks (200 of them!) and 28 recreation centers; parks outside of the city such as Red Rocks Park and Winter Park Resort ski area; The Rocky Mountains overhead; The Brown Palace Hotel; a full range of cultural and sporting opportunities; One of the world's best airports; every type of active adult housing choice.

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What is not special about this retirement community

Very rapid growth and a big city.

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What kinds of people like retiring here

Denver attracts a community of retirees who would like to live in a big but manageable city near the Rocky Mountains.

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Local economy is driven by

The economy is driven by its location as the most important city for 600 miles; The Colorado Convention Center is one of the largest in the country; Denver was a hi-tech power that was negatively affected by the dot-bomb bust in 2001; Oil and minerals have been important but cyclical; retirees over 65 can exclude up to $24,000 of social security and some other retirement income.

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Climate and Physical Environment

Denver at 5280 ft. elevation is located in the South Platte River Valley where it meets Cherry Creek; it is just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains; the approach from the flat ground of the east is quite dramatic - at first you just see the mountains and then you see the city nestled at their base; the city gets about 250 days of sunshine a year and can be quite warm even in winter.

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

A Scientific and Cultural Facilities Tax helps fund cultural and scientific facilities in the city; there are 3 opera companies and 3 dance companies operating in Denver; prominent cultural and scientific institutions include the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Mint, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Denver Zoo; the LODO area has an active music scene; the University of Denver offer a number of cultural programs; Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a world famous outdoor concert venue on Denver’s western edge; great new library.

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Crime in Denver is slightly above the national average.
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Medical facilities
There are more than 25 hospitals in the Denver area, many of them leading research institutions.
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The Regional Transportation District operates more than 1000 buses and five light rail lines; Denver has an ambitious $7 billion dollar program, FasTracks, to add 122 miles of passenger rail by 2016; Amtrak has service to Chicago and Los Angeles; Denver International Airport is new and is the 11th busiest airport in the world; Discount airline Jet Blue operates from Denver. Many sections of Denver are very walkable.

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Valuable Links
Denver on Wikipedia
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Facts about DENVER
  • State: CO
  • Environment: Urban,Suburban,College Town,Mountain,Cultural Center,Outdoor Oriented,Biking Community,Golf Community,LGBT,Singles,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: retirementguy

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