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Old 11-19-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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Whichever city you chose I would really like for you to check back with us about 6 months after your relocation.

I lived in Morrison, CO (outskirts of Denver near the mountains) and I lived in KC. Here is what I think your decision could come down to.

On a scale from 1-10 (ten being extremely important)

How important is sports? If its really high then Denver
How important is a vibrant downtown? If its really high then Denver
How important is arts/culture? If its really high then probably KC
How important is cost of living? If its really high then definately KC

What is really comes down to is what is your lifestyle, I visited Denver last May and spent 3 days in the downtown area and fell in love with it. Let me just say this, Denver's downtown area is great, KC's can't touch it (neither can St. Louis' where I currently reside.

IMHO there is more to do in Denver and while both cities will give you four seasons, I think Denver's four seasons might be more enjoyable because Colorado, in general is meant to be enjoyed outside your home, not inside.

However....
Having a great downtown won't mean that much if you are so cash-strapped because of the higher cost of living that you can't afford to do anthing. The KC area is a great place to live for the middle class family (stress on the word 'family'. Crime isn't that bad, cost of living is low, public schools are really good, and people are friendly. Great for families, not as great for singles.

If I was a single person and I could afford Denver, I'd go for it. If you are looking to settle down, start a family and grow roots, then KC is a definite option...
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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As mentioned, KC has a stronger arts scene and has a bit more grit and soul than Denver and KC seems to have more history and urban charm in my opinion. While Denver has about a decade head start on redeveloping their downtown, they have also become extremely gentrified almost to the point of monotony.
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it, feels fabricated and everything is on the surface, lacks depth
This is exactly how I feel about Denver. To me it feels sterile in comparison to KC. It's a nice city, but it seems to lack the gritty, funky, and independent spirit of the urban core of KC, which I find very appealing.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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And with the thin dry air and higher radiation exposure in Denver, 40 year olds look like they are 60.
Interesting. A woman I met in Reno said that people there looked older than their age, presumably for the same reasons.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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Thanks for all the info everyone. I'm probably leaning towards Denver, mostly for the reasons listed -outdoor life, healthy lifestyle, vibrant downtown, etc. And being single, I do need to consider that part too, and I think Denver probably gets the nod in that area also. Cost of living isn't really an issue because I can afford to live in either area with no issues (although you can definitely get more bang for your buck in KC).

The one issue that I'm struggling with now is career growth with both job offers. I really like the opportunities that could come with the company in KC. Not that there isn't growth potential with the Denver offer, it's just not as clear. But in the end I think this move is going to be geared more towards my personal life than professional. And given I also have a hand full of friends in Denver also, I think the winds are pointing in that direction.

Feel free to dispute
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:41 PM
 
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Well that was a quick decision. Have you visited both? Curious you have not posted on Denver forum.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:13 PM
 
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^I don't find that curious at all. He already said he knows about Denver and has friends who live there.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Sometimes your first feelings are the ones to follow. I miss the days when I could take a leap of faith. Married with kids sadly doesn't allow that :/

Anyone who's spent time in both cities can't dispute the fact that Denver probably has more to offer a single guy in his 30's. The fact that you have friends there will help get you acclimated and KC is 45 minute flight away. If you have friends in KC then I would suggest taking a trip to KC between Thanksgiving and Christmas and have dinner at the Plaza.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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^I don't find that curious at all. He already said he knows about Denver and has friends who live there.
I just meant deciding so quickly without engaging in a discussion, with followup questions - in either KC or Denver forum.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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I grew up in KC and lived in Denver for a few years. I liked Denver MUCH better, and Colorado in general. I'm an outdoors type of guy and that is the main reason why. There is so much more to do in Colorado vs Missouri. I'm actually in the process of moving back to CO now.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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Well, I pulled the trigger on the job in KC today. If you would have asked me a month ago if I was moving to Kansas City, I would have said no way. But life is funny that way. So now if anyone wants to throw out best locations to live, apt buildings, condos for rent, etc - feel free
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