Retire in Colorado? Despite the relatively high cost of living, you may still be able to afford to spend your golden years in Colorado. Colorado offers retirees some spectacular scenery as well as amazing outdoor adventures.
Whether you are looking for a place in the city or more of a small town atmosphere, Colorado is attracting many younger, active retirees who come for the outdoor lifestyle and sense of adventure.
The largest city in Colorado, Denver with its upscale suburban areas, has been attracting many large retirement developers like Del Webb Communities. The “Mile High City” is home to several major sports teams like the Colorado Rockies baseball team and the Denver Broncos football team. There is easy public transit and lots of local restaurants but neighborhood grocery stores are not very common.
One of the most popular retirement destinations in Colorado is Boulder. Listed as one of "America's Best Healthy Places to Retire" by U.S. News & World Report, and #6 on AARP Magazines "Top 10 Healthiest Cities to Live and Retire", Boulder, is nestled in the foothills of The Rocky Mountains just 35 miles northwest of Denver. Home to The University of Colorado and The National Center for Atmospheric Research, this mountain community has more than 31,000 acres of recreational open space and nature preserves. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, rock climbing or fly fishing, Boulder offers outdoor enthusiast a wide range of activities. But these activities come with a price, the median home price is $259,566, making it much more expensive to retire in Colorado in this particular area than many other areas of the state.
Fort Collins in northern Colorado is another “hot spot” for retirement. The city offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. There is a ballet company, symphony orchestra and several theatrical venues as well as all of the sporting events at nearby Colorado State University.
If you enjoy the “Old West”, there are small towns like Georgetown, Greeley or Dillon that you may find appealing. The 1870’s Victorian Architecture and local rodeos help the areas to maintain their “western” charm.
Castle Rock, just south of Denver, is a small picturesque community of less than 45,000. This area has become popular for its beautiful views and challenging golf courses.
As you can see, Colorado retirement communities have a lot to offer retirees but it comes with a price and I’m not just talking about home prices. Extreme weather is a common occurrence in Colorado.
In the eastern portion of the state, thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer with the eastern plains being prone to tornadoes. This area of the state experiences July temperatures averaging 57 °F in the morning and 87 °F in the afternoon. January temperatures average 15 °F in the morning and 43 °F in the afternoon, but the high one day may be 60 and 0 the next.
The mountains have cool summers with a high temperature on many days only reaching between 60 °F and 70 °F. Snowfall in some areas averages as much as 60 inches a year.
While some Colorado Retirement Communities may be beyond the reach of a lot of retirees’ budgets,
if you can afford it and don’t mind the sometimes harsh weather, the
shear beauty and abundance of outdoor recreational activities make
Colorado a very appealing choice for many active retirees. Does Colorado top your list of "Best Places To Retire"?
If you are thinking that you might like to retire in Colorado, make sure you do your homework and be sure to visit several of the Colorado Retirement Communities before you make that all important decision on where to spend your golden years.