Its name means "colored red," and it is sometimes called "Colorful Colorado." This might refer to the spectacular array of colors present in the landscape of the state of Colorado--brown earth, red rock, green trees, spectacular blue sky. But it's also a reminder of the diverse culture and rich opportunities available in the eighth largest state.
Since gold was discovered here in the 1800s, Colorado has been transformed from a small frontier mining community to a modern state of major economic significance to the nation. Economic dependence on gold and livestock has given way to the industrial and service sectors. High-tech industries and Denver's financial center also play an important role in today's economy.
Tourists flock here for fun in the sun and the snow. Outdoor activities are the hobby of choice in this land of towering mountain ranges, rushing rivers and bountiful natural wonders. Whether you're into extreme sports or prefer to simply take in the breathtaking views, Colorado has the scenery and adventures to keep drawing people out of their apartments. From Rocky Mountain National Park to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, you won't run out of new experiences in this nature-lover's paradise.
Colorado has 18 cities with a population of 25,000 or greater, which means that there are plenty of options for newcomers. Whether you're drawn to the capital city of Denver (Colorado's largest city by a wide margin) or to one of the smaller cities or mountain communities, you'll find plenty of apartments for rent to explore before you settle in and find a home to call your own.
Denver is not only Colorado's capital and largest city but a thriving community with energy to spare. In the last 15 years alone, Denver has built a-new airport, baseball stadium, central library, downtown amusement park and light-rail system. That much change might unsettle some towns, but Denver has absorbed the additions without breaking stride. The economy is strong, the population is growing and the city's national profile is on the rise. In addition to great museums, thriving neighborhoods, a flourishing arts scene and an ethnically diverse population, Denver boasts a happening downtown core full of restaurants, clubs, boutiques, galleries and packed sidewalks. Thankfully, though, the city remains in touch with the enterprising, occasionally reckless frontier town of not so long ago, and historic buildings and preservation districts abound.
Denver is committed to maintaining open space and has an outstanding park system. Local leaders have worked diligently to stave off pollution, crime, traffic and other symptoms of aging. Denver has matured to a point of sophistication and cultural attainment, yet it remains youthful, enthusiastic and eager to please. Denver boasts a wide range of apartment rentals, from basic models starting in the $400-500 range, up to luxurious apartments topping $2,000. How's that for variety?
With a population of 375,000 and a median household income of $45,000, Colorado Springs blends the best of urban living with the stunning natural beauty that is Colorado's hallmark. Rising majestically out of the foothills, Pikes Peak is undoubtedly Colorado Springs' most famous landmark. Depending on how adventurous you are, you can ride a cog railway to the top, hike up portions on your own two feet, or simply drive up slowly and appreciate the stunning views. Apartment rentals are a little lower-priced here than in Denver, with many choices starting in the $300-400 range. If luxury is your goal, you can find posh townhouses and amenity-rich apartments with rents that are pricey, but not impossible--think $800 and up.
If you love the great outdoors and if the idea of living in a mountain resort community appeals to you (maybe it will feel like a permanent vacation?), then consider hunting for apartments for rent in Aspen or Vail. People come from all over the world to experience the beauty and adventure of these mountain paradises. High elevation, crystal clear sky and water, gorgeous summers and pristine winters make Aspen and Vail highly desirable places to visit and live. Although seasonal rentals are in abundance, there are only a limited number of traditional apartments available, and they're pricey. Expect to pay $1,000 or more in monthly rent for the privilege of living in these resort towns.