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Old 12-03-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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I was born and raised in Minneapolis. Moved to the Front Range of Colorado when I was 24 and have now been here for 15 years.

Winter on the Front Range is much milder than Minneapolis. It simply does not get nearly as cold. I'm generally comfortable in a light jacket or even just a sweater, and I frequently go running in a t-shirt during the winter. There is usually a cold snap once or twice in December or January that reminds me of Minneapolis, but it only lasts a couple of days and then it's back to 40s.

It does snow more on the Front Range than in Minneapolis, but the snow typically melts within a few days. It does not pile up all winter long as the warmer temps and high-elevation sun melt it quickly.

Someone above compared winter on the Front Range to March in Minneapolis. This is a good description. Think warm+snowy.

Contrary to what one poster says above, winter in MN is not "gloomy." It's actually fairly sunny, especially on the very coldest days.
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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I've been lurking on this forum trying to see if Denver would be an option instead of western suburbs of Chicago. The midwest is a pretty closed off community (speaking from experience). You're from there, grew up there, and stayed there...no room to socialize with transplants. Is Denver this way too?
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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No. Denver, and the bulk of the Front Range (I-25 corridor), is full of transplants from all over the country, easy to make friends in this region.
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Old 12-03-2015, 04:22 PM
 
Location: South Cap Hill
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I went to high school outside of Eau Claire, WI, just east of Minneapolis. Completely different ball game. The sun actually shines often here during the winter, and when it does shine, that doesn't mean the wind chill is -30. It's oftentimes in the forties and sunny during the winter. Snow's usually gone in a couple days to a week. The one thing that surprised me as a Midwest transplant that was told I'd love the winters here...it snows here a lot sooner than it does up there, and it will later in the year as well.

And as Mike said, having spent my pre-high school days in the Chicago burbs...people here are all very nice friendly for the most part, because no one here is actually from here any more. It's much more laid back and friendly, and very easy to make friends - especially if you're into outdoor activities.
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Old 12-03-2015, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Evergreen, Colorado
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Contrary to what one poster says above, winter in MN is not "gloomy." It's actually fairly sunny, especially on the very coldest days.
I also grew up in MSP and escaped when I was 21yrs.

I agree with you that MSP is fairly sunny in the winter, but the sun is for looks only and radiates almost zero heat. Conversely the winter sun in Denver will often make temps skyrocket to the point where one can wear a t-shirt for a couple hours during midday.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Rentals in Minneapolis are comparable to the Denver metro. Taxes there are WAY higher. The job market is better here, with few exceptions.
I don't know about rentals, but the cost to purchase a median priced home in metro Denver is now significantly higher than in the Twin Cities (source: National Assn. of Realtors, median home prices, 2015, 3rd. qtr.)
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Downtown Minneapolis = skywalk

Downtown Denver = What's a skywalk?
Um, this?

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Old 12-03-2015, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I don't know about rentals, but the cost to purchase a median priced home in metro Denver is now significantly higher than in the Twin Cities (source: National Assn. of Realtors, median home prices, 2015, 3rd. qtr.)
But you will pay close to $750/month in taxes for a $500,000 house. Here, it's about $200. That amps the payment up quite a bit. We were just in Mpls/St. Paul a month or so ago, and we checked that out.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:47 PM
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I've been lurking on this forum trying to see if Denver would be an option instead of western suburbs of Chicago. The midwest is a pretty closed off community (speaking from experience). You're from there, grew up there, and stayed there...no room to socialize with transplants. Is Denver this way too?
That's a big generalization to make. Transplants can meet people in the Midwest just as easily as in other regions of the US.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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Pfffft. I know people from the Minneapolis area. Denver winters are a cake walk by comparison. As someone from New Jersey, I find the winters here infinitely easier. Snow melts faster, there's more sunshine during the winter (so no SAD) and it's dryer so you get less of that "cold that seeps into your bones" feeling. In the mountains it gets much worse, but you kind of have to make an effort to get there.
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