Given the news headlines over the last couple years, it’s easy to think that Colorado has only recently become a destination city for people looking for that perfect place to put down roots. In fact, this has been true for decades. The state saw 30% population growth during the 50s, 70s, and 90s. Its population has doubled roughly every 30 years going all the way back to WWII. There were the early days of jazz and alpine recreation. A once-thriving economy of mining and agriculture has maintained its identity while also transitioning into education, tourism, technology and other growing industries.
Cities like Denver, Boulder, and Ft. Collins have been on lists of “best places to live” and “best cities for entrepreneurs” since the early 1990s. Colorado Springs enjoys its own hallmarks as a military town with some of the best natural landscapes that help define colorful Colorado. Nowadays, being known as a great place to live is something that some people here take quite seriously. There was talk around the water cooler when the latest U.S. News & World Report dropped Denver from #1 to #2 in its 2017 Report on “Best Places to Live.” We’ll just say we’ve had our own conversations in restaurants and bars with friends and acquaintances. It’s not like we take it personally, but who likes being second best? What is this place called Austin, TX anyway?
Here it is in a nutshell: The hype has finally started to catch up to the reality. In some ways, this has aggravated long-time residents who have always known about the amazing charms of Colorado’s Front Range and its confluence of fertile plains and the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. “People think we’re all about pot now,” we’ve heard some people lament. It’s like marijuana has become a gateway drug, not for other harder drugs, but rather for the good life that has always been Colorado.