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Old 11-22-2011, 06:56 AM
 
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My wife and I have been living in the SF Bay Area, but are considering an eventual relocation to the Denver area. We have some friends and family there, like the outdoorsy feel there, the fact that it still is somewhat liberal and the lower cost of living. There are some concerns we have though:

-Jobs - We both have very well paying jobs in high tech. Will we have trouble finding something similar in Denver?
-Weather - The extremes in temperature scare us a bit. Do people coming from California have trouble typically adjusting to the climate?
-People - How easy is it to meet new friends in the Denver area? We find that here in the Silicon Valley, everyone is so busy with their work that they don't take time to meet a lot of new people
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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My wife and I have been living in the SF Bay Area, but are considering an eventual relocation to the Denver area. We have some friends and family there, like the outdoorsy feel there, the fact that it still is somewhat liberal and the lower cost of living. There are some concerns we have though:

-Jobs - We both have very well paying jobs in high tech. Will we have trouble finding something similar in Denver?
-Weather - The extremes in temperature scare us a bit. Do people coming from California have trouble typically adjusting to the climate?
-People - How easy is it to meet new friends in the Denver area? We find that here in the Silicon Valley, everyone is so busy with their work that they don't take time to meet a lot of new people

As far as weather, I don't think it's the extremes that can make it tough for a Californian, but the volatility. I've had friends from the CA coast (northern & southern) who had trouble adjusting to the constantly changing weather-- as in, random soaking t-storms in the summer, snowstorm in September followed by a glorious bluebird day, etc. Over the years I learned to always wear layers/have layers around and to be prepared for any type of weather

People - I think it will be easier than it is in SF...Denver's a more laid-back city and I don't think you have nearly the amount of people working the kind of hours that are probably the norm in tech in SF.
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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Default relocated mid '90s

I relocated in the mid '90s from the Bay Area.

In terms of jobs the best way to test the market is to get jobs before you come. I had two offers. One in the DTC and one in Boulder. If you get offers pretty easily then you will have your answer.

In terms of weather I'm originally from Ohio so knew more of what to expect but I had no cold weather wardrobe. As a result I had to buy it all.

The biggest challenge for me was adjusting to the altitude. I had vivid dreams when I first moved here. In comparing notes with other recent transplants they had the same so maybe it had something to do with the change in oxygen availability. I get altitude sickness whenever I spend more than 3 or 4 straight days in the high mountains but have no problems in Denver.

Since you already have friends and family here you will likely have no problems. Originally most of my friends I met through work, at the gym or through organizations I joined. Some transplants some natives. As I've aged I now meet more people in my neighborhood as they are of a similar age. However I still have my other friends.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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-Jobs - We both have very well paying jobs in high tech. Will we have trouble finding something similar in Denver?
Denver has a pretty decent high tech industry. I know a couple people (ex colleagues) who actually moved there in the past year from places like NYC to take high tech jobs. There is a fair amount of activity and it looks like its growing in that regard.

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-Weather - The extremes in temperature scare us a bit. Do people coming from California have trouble typically adjusting to the climate?
So last year I moved to Sunnyvale from Colorado and this was a super NICE change in climate. Winters in Colorado are really boring because the type and frequency of outdoor activities that you can do are limited.

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-People - How easy is it to meet new friends in the Denver area? We find that here in the Silicon Valley, everyone is so busy with their work that they don't take time to meet a lot of new people
Yes, work in Colorado is less of an emphasis for people in Colorado. But I personally think people on the Front Range of Colorado tend to be a bit aloof and reserved, so it still seems a little difficult to establish friends.
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