Moving to Colorado

Complete Moving Guide 2022

Do daydreams about the Rocky Mountains have you planning on moving to Colorado? Then look no further! To ensure you have a smooth and easy move to Colorado, we have created this complete guide on how to move to Colorado. Here we will cover moving costs, finding a job, costs of living in Colorado, and much more. Read on to embark on this wonderful moving adventure!

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Costs of Moving to Colorado

Before we go any further, let’s talk money. Moving to Colorado can cost quite a pretty penny, and there are a number of factors which can influence your ultimate bottom line.

Two influential factors tend to rule the bill: the distance and size of your move. But that does not mean there are not a slew of other choices to make and hidden fees to consider when moving to Colorado. For a comprehensive overview of these, we recommend checking out our guides on local and long-distance moving costs.

To give you a better idea of what you can expect, below you can find a list of estimates for a full-service move to Denver from various cities across the United States.

SireloTip! Having trouble estimating the size of your move to Colorado? No problem! Our handy moving space calculator can help you arrive at your approximate moving volume in just a few easy steps.

Departure1-bedroom2-bedrooms3-bedrooms
New York City, NY$4,158 – $5,848$5,848 – $7,528$9,083 – $12,314
Los Angeles, CA$3,406 – $4,732$4,732 – $6,071$7,321 – $9,912
Detroit, MI$3,693 – $5,157$5,157 – $6,624$7,987 – $10,818
Austin, TX$3,335 – $4,626$4,626 – $5,931$7,150 – $9,677
Chicago, IL$3,504 – $4,877$4,877 – $6,260$7,548 – $10,221

Please keep in mind that the rates shown above are just estimates and will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

Finding the Best Moving Company

By now you have probably realized that there is no one tried-and-true formula to calculating the costs of moving to Colorado. The fact is that you will never know what these mountain landscapes will set you back until you receive a quote from a moving company.

At Sirelo, we strongly believe in shopping around to find the best price for you. While seeking out quotes from multiple movers is a time-consuming enterprise, Sirelo makes it easy! Fill out the form below in just minutes to receive up to five free no-strings-attached moving quotes from trusted, reliable movers.

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Moving to Colorado: Checklist

Remembering everything that needs to be done before and after moving to Colorado is no easy task. Although we know you are more than capable, we would still like to offer a helping hand. Below we list the most important points, and for the full picture we recommend our separate moving checklist:

  • Calculate the volume of your move and request moving quotes at least 8 weeks before moving
  • Collect all important documents (birth certificates, passports, driver’s license, pet documents)
  • Give notice about your change of address
  • Transfer your utilities on time
  • Start packing and remember to label as you go –trust us on that one, you’ll thank us later!
  • Do a final walkthrough on the moving day, in case you missed anything

How to Move to Colorado

Enough about moving costs and checklists, how do you actually go about moving to Colorado? There are a number of things you will want to put in place before moving, along with some details to mop up afterward. Below we take a brief look at Coloroado residencies and jobs in Colorado to get you started.

Become a Resident of Colorado

While not the most urgent item to check off your list, it is certainly not one to forget. After moving to Colorado you are definitely going to want to become a resident, as this will impact your taxes, vehicle registration, and identity documents. To become a resident, the following requirements apply:

  • Own or operate a business in Colorado
  • Are gainfully employed in Colorado
  • Or reside in Colorado for 90 consecutive days

After becoming a resident, remember to transfer your driver’s license within 30 days and register your vehicle with your county within 90 days. For more detailed information about these requirements, we recommend that you review the policies on the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle’s website.

Jobs in Colorado

Unless you are moving to Colorado with a job lined up (if so, congrats by the way 😉), you will probably be on the hunt after you arrive. In either case, you will be happy to hear that the average salary in Colorado is $63,000—which is $11,000 higher than the national average!

With a growing economy, there is an abundance of jobs in Colorado, especially around urban centers and within the technology sector. When it comes to the areas with the most opportuinty, we can suggest the following:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Bioscience
  • Creative industries
  • Defense and Homeland security
  • Electronics
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Financial services
  • Food and agriculture
  • Technology and information
  • Tourism
  • Logistics

We know that finding a job in Colorado can be complicated, so we recommend checking out the following platforms when looking for jobs in Colorado. Even though networking is still the number one way to find a job in Colorado, getting online is the next best thing:

Shipping a Car to Colorado

Plan on taking your set of wheels along with you? Then it pays to be aware of the costs of shipping a car to Colorado.

Prices for this can vary between $500 – $1,500, depending on the shipping distance. If you have the extra time, calculate if driving yourself is the more economical option.

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Cost of Living in Colorado

Before performing the big move, it is important to understand the cost of living in Colorado. Compared to the national average, living in Colorado is around 31% more expensive. But don’t let this discourage you!

Remember that your living costs depend largely on your lifestyle, and can vary depending on which city you live in. We’ve broken down the most common living costs in this section, so you can get a head start on budgeting before moving to Colorado.

Housing

Your rent or mortgage have probably been the biggest expense to settle each month. After moving to Colorado you can expect this to continue… unless you take up diamond collecting!

Unfortunately, Colorado is the nineth most expensive housing market, reflected in both purchase prices ($483,000 median price) and rental costs ($1,500 average for two-bedroom apartment). As you might expect, Denver has the most inflated rental costs ($2,000 average for two-bedroom apartment).

CityMedian Home ValueAverage Rent
Denver$383,200$1,663
Aurora$286,700$1,347
Colorado Springs$251,200$1,201
Fort Collins$355,300$1,532
Lakewood$366,200$1,517

Please keep in mind that the prices reflected above are just estimates. The rent can vary depending on location and characteristics of the property.

Taxes in Colorado

Now onto everyone’s favorite topic, taxes. In truth, Colorado is actually light on taxes compared to other states like California and New York, which is one reason why many people are moving to Colorado! From Colorado’s tax rates, here is what you can expect:

  • 0.55% property tax, the fourth-lowest property tax in the country.
  • 2.9% sales tax (though specific cities may apply local sales tax, ranging between 0 – 11.9%)
  • 4.63% income tax, applied flatly. In contrast to progressive income tax, flat income tax means the same rate is applied to all income levels.

For further information, we recommend that you check out the Colorado Department of Revenue’s website.

Food and Groceries

With a vibrant food culture, we imagine that you will be spending quite a bit of time in restaurants after moving to Colorado. However, a trip to the grocery store will come eventually. To give you an idea of what to expect, we have compiled some common grocery store prices below:

Grocery ItemAverage Price
1 lb. of chicken$3.33
1 qt. of milk$0.75
A carton of 12 large eggs$2.50
2 lb. of tomatoes$3.80
2 lb. of potatoes$1.24
16 oz. of local cheese$5.71
1 bottle of red wine$18
Lunch menu (per person)$14 – $18
Dinner menu (for two)$37

Transportation

Colorado’s public transport system is equipped with both rail and bus services. However, rail is limited to light-rail in the Denver metro area and Amtrak services between cities. Several historic railways operate primarily as scenic tours with the same departure and arrival points.

So, moving to Colorado without a car might be tough. While Colorado follows the pattern of being a driving-dominated state, local bus line coverage in major cities is above average. For these services, you can expect the following prices:

TicketFull-fare Price
Local (2 fare zones)
  • $3 for a 3-hour pass
  • $6 for a day pass
  • $30 for a 6-ride ticket
  • $28 for a 10-ride ticket
  • $114 for a monthly pass
Regional (3 fare zones)
  • $5.25 for a 3-hour pass
  • $10.50 for a day pass
  • $50.50 for a 10-ride ticket
  • $200 for a monthly pass
Airport
  • $10.50 for a single ticket

What’s It Like Living in Colorado?

Living in Colorado conjures up some familiar images: mountains, glamorous ski resourts, and more than enough snow. While you will find all of this to be true after moving to Colorado, there is quite a bit more to daily life.

For example, you will find that Colorado’s population is a refreshing mix of liberal politics, midwestern sensibilities, fitness enthusiasm, and higher education. To get a better idea of what living in Colorado is like across a few of the main cities, check out our notes below:

  • Denver: The main urban hub, Denver contains the most economic opportunities as well as rush-hour headaches. To sooth one’s frustrations, the typical resident takes to craft beer culture and the more adventurous parkate in legal cannibus and even psychedelic mushrooms!
  • Aspen: A not-so-well-kept well-kept secret, Aspen mixes arts & culture in a miniature metroplitan environment. And the skiing is not bad, either. 😉
  • Boulder: A big college town, home to the largest University of Colorado campus. With engineers and astronauts running around, Boulder is known for being a small-town with big city amenities.
  • Colorado Springs: Located close to Denver, Colorado Springs shares much of the bustle and opportunity of its bigger neighbor…only at a discounted price. The more forgiving housing market is one reason why many opt to move to Colorado Springs.

Advantages of Living in Colorado

In the past thirty years, the amount of people living in Colorado has almost doubled. So why is everyone moving to Colorado?

To answer this, we parse out a few of the main advantages of living in Colorado, and throw in a few disadvantages for good measure. While they are few and far between, there are reasons why you might regret moving to Colorado!

Pros

  • Climate (gotta live that crisp, clean high-elevation air)
  • Lenient state taxes
  • Active and fitness-oriented culture
  • Variety of landscapes (go from mountains to forest to desert in one day!)

Cons

  • Steep housing prices
  • Everyone is moving to Colorado (competing for jobs and homes, and making rush-hour worse!)
  • Above average crime rates
  • Low-water supplies (when it is all frozen in the mountains, those downstream get droughts)

Things to Do in Colorado

If there is one thing you can do when living in Colorado… it is enjoy nature. Colorado is home to many national parks, canyons and mountains –and luckily exploring many of these is something you can do for free.

However, having fun in Colorado isn’t limited to landscapes. Being a growing cultural hub with several must-visit cities, we thought we ought to let you know about Colorado’s different entertainment activities (and, of course, their costs 😉).

ActivityAverage Price
Ticket to the world’s largest hot springs pool$29.25 – $31.75
Ticket to Denver’s Art Museum$10
Season pass to Vail’s Ski Resort (4 days)$404
Two tickets to the movies$22
Two tickets to the theater$81
A beer in a local pub$5.28
Monthly gym membership$51

Did You Know…?

  • Colorado’s southwest corner borders Arizona, New Mexico and Utah –if you stand in that precise corner, you can be in four states at the same time!
  • It’s illegal to throw a snowball at a person or building in Aspen.
  • Colorado Springs has more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it one of the sunniest places in the country.
  • The Stanley Hotel located in Estes Park was the inspiration behind Stephen King’s horror novel The Shining.

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Moving to Colorado Made Easy at Sirelo!

We hope that by now you feel prepared to take on the task of moving to Colorado. Whether it is the costs of moving, how to go about it, or even what life will be like after relocating to Colorado, it helps to be an expert. In case you’re in need of some extra help, we recommend checking out the articles linked below for further reading. Good luck! ☘