Denver, Colorado has many aces up its sleeve when it comes to attracting new inhabitants. One of them is the spectacular location of the city up in the mountains – they don’t call it the Mile High City for nothing, as its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level. Due to its stunning geographical position, Denver offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities in all seasons – hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, horseback riding, and so on.

When it comes to jobs and housing costs, things look encouraging too. The average rent for an apartment was $1,577 as of September 2019, according to Yardi Matrix, just above the national average of $1,390. Renting a self-storage unit in Denver will cost you, on average, $122 for a 10X10 non-climate-controlled unit. The unemployment rate in the Denver metro area, at 2.6% in September 2019, is significantly lower than the national average of 3.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In other words, there are plenty of reasons for relocating to Denver! If you’re looking into the possibility or if you already decided you want to live in Denver, here are the best local resources, blogs and online tools that will make moving and adapting to the new city smooth and easy.

  1. The Denver Ear is a website focusing on all things Denver: neighborhoods, markets and parks, restaurants, cafes, sports venues and more! Find out all the details about upcoming events like festivals, concerts, parties, and exhibitions. Mingle with the locals at the city’s most popular spots and become part of the community yourself.
  2. Mile High on the Cheap – Moving is quite expensive, which means you could use some freebies and discounts to get you started in Denver. Here you’ll find out about everything from places where you can buy cheap gas, some free and cheap things to do around the city, and the days when you can visit museums without paying a dime. Also, you get access to special deals and all sorts of discounts for a large array of services and products.
  3. Denver Transit helps you get around the city seamlessly, without stressing about what bus to hop on or which stop to get off at. The app provides live bus and train times and stop announcements, lets you know when it’s time to get off or transfer, shows you where your bus or train is on the map, and saves your favorites stops and stations. Basically, it takes the uncertainty and the stress out of public transportation and turns it into an opportunity to discover and enjoy the city.
  4. StorageCafe makes moving to Denver a lot easier, by helping you rent a storage unit for your stuff. Search for storage facilities located near your new home, preferably within a 5-mile radius to make things easier, compare prices and amenities, and contact the facility that most suits your needs. You can then focus on finding your ideal long-term home in Denver and setting it up.
  5. Denver B-Cycle is a local program that provides access to rentable bikes and bike stations for all those interested. You can buy different types of passes, depending on your needs – by the day, month or year. There are plenty of stations near museums, parks, music and sports venues, and public institutions, making it easier to reach your favorite destinations. Install the iPhone or the Android app on your phone to check out bikes, locate stations, get directions and purchase memberships.
  6. TrailLink lists bike, walking, running and dog-walking trails around Denver – and we’re talking about more than 80 trails covering 611 miles, so you have plenty to choose from! The website briefly describes each trail, shows it on the map and tells you how to get there. Most trails also have reviews from users, helping you to decide which activity to try next.
  7. Denver Dweller is a blog written by a passionate… Denver dweller, obviously, also known as Heather Garbo. She’s all about the small businesses, independent shops, farmers and locally-owned restaurants that make Denver so distinctive. So, if you’re interested in living and shopping like a true Denverite and if want to learn more about the city’s markets, shopping districts, and best places for food and drink, the Denver Dweller will keep you informed.
  8. Visit Denver is your helpline during your first few months in the city. You can download the iPhone or Android app and enjoy your own personal guide to Denver. Things to do, events – music, festivals, sports, art, and tours – plus information about Denver such as transportation, neighborhoods, and local history are all gathered in one easy-to-access online tool.
  9. TheKnow Outdoors – This blog from The Denver Post keeps you informed about all the fun outdoor activities you can enjoy around the city and throughout the entire state of Colorado. The activities are organized based on seasons, which means you’ll be able to pick something fun to do all year round, from cycling and camping to water sports and skiing. TheKnow Outdoors provides guides, news and information that will help you plan all your big outdoor adventures.
  10. Denver Playgrounds and Parks is an awesome app for families – it provides names, locations and photo previews for around 750 playgrounds in the Denver metro area. Your little ones will never get bored again. By purchasing the Pro version of the app, for $1.99 a year, you get access to more details, such as driving directions, ratings, and information about the play equipment. Also listed are other fun places for kids, such as pools, creeks, and sledding hills.

These online tools will introduce you to the authentic Denverite lifestyle and hopefully, soon enough you’ll feel like a local. If there are other websites, blogs, and online tools that made your move to Denver easier, please let us know in the comments!


Maria Gatea is a real estate and lifestyle editor for Yardi with a background in Journalism and Communication. After covering business and finance-related topics as a freelance writer for 15 years, she is now focusing on researching and writing about the real estate industry. You may contact Maria via email.

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