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Old 01-29-2009, 03:45 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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All I can say is, obviously, college grads like to locate here in Denver. It has been that way since we moved out here almost 30 years ago. I don't think it's people going to Denver b/c other cities are saturated; I think it is because they want to live in Denver! Many years ago (maybe 20), I read in one of DH's professional magazines that people will move to Denver for a job, lose that job, and then willingly take a job digging ditches (figuratively) to stay here. It's that kind of a place!
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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Funny in Denver a decent house may cost $150 a square foot and in Detroit one can often find houses for less than $5 a sq ft.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:04 PM
 
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Anywhere that "most" Americans want to live is definitely someplace I want to stay away from! That means it's probably already overcrowded and banal.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:52 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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That is a crappy analysis by that survey. Are they seriously trying to convince us that people would rather live in Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Orlando and Tampa over NYC, Boston and Chicago or even Houston? HAHA, ROTFLMAO!!!!

I would rather live in NYC or Boston over those cities but since they are so expensive I would have to settle for one of the cities on the list.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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This list really isn't that surprising. It's mostly about perceptions. It also helps back up my theory that places like Detroit and Cleveland not only need to focus on bringing jobs to their area, they also need to work on improving perceptions. Businesses won't locate there if most people would rather go to Denver.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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"Geography matters, too. Seven of the public's 10 most popular big cities -- Denver, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Portland and Sacramento -- are in the West, and the other three -- Orlando, Tampa and San Antonio -- are in the South. The five least popular big cities -- Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Minneapolis -- are all in the Midwest. These attitudes reflect what government data indicate about the nation's migration patterns: Americans are leaving the Northeast and the Midwest in favor of the South and the West."

The first northeast city to be mentioned is Boston, at 28%
Wow. Whoopee. Yay for you.

Ill tell you what, they sure as hell arent leaving the Midwest and Northeast for good summer weather, change of seasons, excellent schools, good public transportation, gigantic cultural offerings and world class cities. Theyre moving to the South and West for mild winters and cheap (literally) homes.

Ooooooh. Ahhhhhh. We're all amazed.

Oh, and by the way, you can have all those types of people... frees up more jobs here, less traffic, etc, while adding it all into your cities. Enjoy!
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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People do come to Denver from all over, but many are intimidated by our winters, which really aren't that bad, especially if you're from the east or midwest.
Hmmmm.... Denver experiences blizzards, sub-zero temps, MORE snow than the Midwest (make that DOUBLE the amount than Chicago gets), awful winds, and a winter that starts earlier and lasts longer than the NE and Midwest. What, the 15% more sun Denver gets is some kind of deal-breaker for snow in October through May sometimes?
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX.
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This list doesn't suprise me at all, and the cities "lacking" in this list like NYC, LA, Chicago, etc... is right on par for me. The bigger the city, the less appealing. I also am not suprised at all that more individuals surveyed would rather live in a rural area, or smaller city over the larger ones. The last thing that does not suprise me at all is that there are more cities from the south than north on here. This survey is where people would rather live, not where are people moving because they have to due to current situations.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:06 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Hmmmm.... Denver experiences blizzards, sub-zero temps, MORE snow than the Midwest (make that DOUBLE the amount than Chicago gets), awful winds, and a winter that starts earlier and lasts longer than the NE and Midwest. What, the 15% more sun Denver gets is some kind of deal-breaker for snow in October through May sometimes?
People like it, what can I say? In addition to what you described above, it can also be 70 degrees on New Year's Day, also 70 degrees on the 4th of July. I've seen both.

I would posit that Denver's first freeze is similar to Chicago's:

Denvers Winter/Cold Season Statistics

If you look at this link, you will see that there is a wide variation in snowfall from year to year. Plus, there is a saying that it doesn't snow on snow in Denver, which is 98% true. This is not how I recall Chicago, or even Champaign. Most of the snow comes in the form of big dumps, and there are weeks of warm, sunny weather between snowfalls.

Denver Snowfall Statistics 1882-2008
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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Hmmmm.... Denver experiences blizzards, sub-zero temps, MORE snow than the Midwest (make that DOUBLE the amount than Chicago gets), awful winds, and a winter that starts earlier and lasts longer than the NE and Midwest. What, the 15% more sun Denver gets is some kind of deal-breaker for snow in October through May sometimes?
I think a lot of people move to Colorado BECAUSE of the snow, not in spite of it. Nobody shows up in Colorado thinking that there's no winter.

That said, winter in Denver (as opposed to the mountains) is quite different than commonly perceived. Average January High in Denver: 47. By comparison, average January High in Chicago: 32.

Sources:
Monthly Averages for Denver, CO
Monthly Averages for Chicago, IL
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