They know how vulnerable it can feel to have all of your belongings, your entire life, being packed up in a truck to be sent across state lines. You don’t want a team intent on chucking your most cherished belongings into the back of a truck; you want the team at Hercules Movers and Packers who are going to treat the things you care about the most with care and respect.
One of the most popular destinations that Hercules Movers and Packers routinely helps people move to is Colorado. With its bustling, growing economy and bountiful employment opportunities, Colorado has become an increasingly beloved hotspot for families and businesses alike to relocate to. If you, your family, or your business are looking for such a wondrous and new opportunity, there may be no better fit than having the Hercules Movers and Packers team guide you to Colorado.
All About Colorado
It isn’t difficult to see why so many Texans have found Colorado to be the perfect relocation destination. So much of Colorado preserves the elements that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts about Texas, from its warm sunshine and plentiful outdoor activities, while offering even more opportunities.
While Colorado and Texas are quite close, geographically speaking(their state lines are only a stone’s throw away from being connected if you squint hard enough!). Colorado does offer a much richer and fuller breadth of seasonal changes with its gorgeous and diverse landscapes truly experiencing all four seasons.
This is not to even mention the fact that this mountain state features some of the very best outdoor concert venues in the entire country, as well as one of the most historically successful NFL football teams of all time with the Denver Broncos.
So if you’re looking to move somewhere that preserves all that you love about Texas while also offering you a more diverse climate and landscape, even greater entertainment options, and one of the most prolifically booming economies in the United States, then the team at Hercules Movers and Packers knows that Colorado is the place you need to be.
Most Popular Cities to Live in Colorado – The Centennial State
Once you’ve decided on Colorado as your destination of choice, the question, of course, becomes: exactly where in the Centennial State are you looking to move to? With its storied and varying landscapes, many of Colorado’s most popular cities offer numerous opportunities specifically unique to them.
Hercules Movers and Packers knows that for as trying as the relocation process can be, you want to make sure you only have to do it once and get it done right the first time around. So let’s break down precisely what each of Colorado’s most popular cities has to offer to ensure you get everything you need and more from your new home.
Denver: The Mile-High City
With a population of over 700,000 residents, Denver is far and away the largest city in Colorado, nearly double the size of even its closest competitor. To pair with this, Denver also sports some of the best healthcare facilities in the country, with this city’s incredible healthcare measures playing an integral role in Colorado’s healthcare routinely placing in the top ten rankings for all U.S. states. So if you’re looking for big business within one of the states and the nation’s most predominant major cities, Denver may be just the place for you.
And if you’re worried about it being all work and no play, fret not, for Denver also offers some of the most iconic entertainment options Colorado has to offer. Whether it’s watching the Denver Broncos bring home yet another incredible victory at Empower Field at Mile High or seeing a concert at one of the most historically awe-inspiring best outdoor concert venue in the country at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver has plenty to offer.
Colorado Springs: Little London
With nearly 470,000 residents, Colorado Springs is the second-largest city in Colorado. While its population is nearly half the size of Denver’s, it is also more than double the size of its closest competitor. So if you’re looking for a larger city, but perhaps the hustle and bustle of Colorado’s largest city feels like a bit much, Hercules Movers and Packers knows that Colorado’s own ‘little London’ may be just the perfect fit for you.
Referred to as ‘little London’ because of its prolific British heritage (at one point, over twenty percent of the population of Colorado Springs was from a British bloodline), Colorado Springs offers a much more scenic landscape than that of Denver and serves to highlight the sheer diversity of terrain within the state as a whole. From the Garden of the Gods, a National Natural Landmark whose towers of sandstone tower over 300 feet above its guests, to Pikes Peak, the single highest summit of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in the country, Colorado Springs has awe-inspiring scenic beauty and majesty to spare.
The People’s Republic of Boulder
Boulder sports a residency of over 110,000 people. Having less than half of the population of Colorado Springs and less than a fourth of the population of Denver, Boulder is a noticeably smaller city, but one that might prove itself to be precisely what you’re looking for.
Boulder has routinely been ranked number one on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Places to Live” thanks to the way in which the city’s terrain is able to capture the beauty of Colorado’s natural scenery, the plentiful opportunities for outdoor activities and entertainment, and its great schools. Boulder also features astonishingly low crime rates and an absolutely booming economy, all of which contribute to it also being named one of the “Best Places to Live for Quality of Life” and the “Happiest City in America” by similar research studies.
So while other moving companies may advise you to take your family or business to one extreme or the other (either the biggest cities or the littlest ones), the team at Hercules Movers and Packers knows that sometimes the truly miraculous finds lie somewhere in the middle. And with Boulder, it’s a pretty stunning encapsulation of all that Colorado has to offer.
Castle Rock: The Outlet Town
With a population of just over 65,000, Castle Rock offers an even more intimate locale to consider within Colorado. Much like Boulder, Castle Rock routinely rates quite highly on research studies of “Best Places to Live,” thanks to its eclectic mix of big-city entertainment thrills and small-time Americana hominess.
Known affectionately as the ‘outlet town,’ Castle Rock features many shopping options that bring in great business to the city, such as the famous Outlets at Castle Rock as well as the highly-regarded WineFest, which brings nationwide attention with it each July and is one of the most popular and affluent wine-themed festivals in the country.
Aspen: America’s Canar City
This city’s population is the smallest of any on this list, with only just over 7,000 residents. Much like Castle Rock, Aspen has become quite famous across the country partially due to its overabundance of luxury shopping experiences. The town is nestled high up in the Rocky Mountains, at a level of about 8,000 feet, resulting in the city being covered in snow for nearly half of the year. This prolonged winter and high altitude make it one of the premiere skiing destinations in the country.
From its luxury shopping opportunities to its unique weather conditions to its skiing fame, Aspen is a world of its own that features some of the best of Colorado, and as a result, it attracts a great deal of traffic from celebrities as well. So if you’re looking to be star-struck by some of Hollywood’s own modern mythic men or simply interested in selling to them, Hercules Movers and Packers know Aspen could be the perfect, secluded spot for you.
Fort Collins: The Napa Valley of Beer
With a population of over 170,000 residents, Fort Collins is a good deal more populated than some of the last few entries on this list, and it only takes one word to explain why: beer. The home of more than twenty of the most famous and award-winning craft breweries in the nation and the home of one of the largest breweries in the entire world with Anheuser-Busch’s local brewery, Fort Collins truly earns its name as the Napa Valley of Beer.
This city, much like Boulder and Castle Rock, also ranks quite highly on many lists of “Best Places to Live,” with it also ranking routinely as one of the top ten “Best Places to Raise a Family.” Between its bustling economy, its vivacious city life, and the scenic beauty and splendor of Colorado it still offers, Fort Collins is yet another incredibly viable option for great living as a Colorado resident.
The Colorado Rocky Mountains
One of the most famous landmarks in the entirety of the United States, the Rocky Mountains have blessed Colorado with natural beauty, and the cities of Colorado have responded by cultivating unique thrills and entertainment options within the peaks of these beautiful mountains.
From world-class ski resorts to mountain biking tours to highly-regarded institutions such as the Rocky Mountain National Park or Estes Park, the Colorado Rockies are a singular sight and an undeniable highlight of Colorado’s beauties.
Taxes: Texas Vs. Colorado
While scenic beauty, bustling nightlife, and wondrous weather are all delightful, if you’re considering moving to Colorado, Hercules Movers and Packers knows that some of the questions weighing heaviest on your mind are going to be relating to the financial pros and cons of the move. So let’s discuss the differences in taxes between Colorado and your home state of Texas.
State Income Tax
Colorado has an individual income tax of 4.5%. By contrast, Texas does not even have an individual income tax because the Texas Constitution outlaws such a tax.
Colorado has a sales tax of 2.9%. Meanwhile, Texas has a sales tax of 6.25%.
Colorado has some of the lowest property taxes in the U.S. Texas is one of the states with the highest property tax in the country.
So while Texans avoid income tax, you can clearly see how it is more than accounted for in just how high the sales tax and property taxes are in Texas. Colorado, on the other hand, has income tax but also sports incredible lows for both sales and property taxes. So please, don’t let the presence of an income tax scare you away from moving to a state with some of the most lenient taxes in the country.
What You Should Know about the Weather Before Moving from Texas to Colorado
While Texas is warm and sunny nearly year round with its desert climate, Colorado does have a full four-season calendar and is therefore going to get substantially cooler than Texas in the winter times.
The average annual temperature in Texas is 65.3 degrees. The average annual temperature in Colorado is 43.5 degrees, a full twenty degrees colder. While that may sound shocking, it’s crucial to keep in mind that these figures are averages for the entirety of each state and that huge swaths of Colorado are highly elevated mountain areas that are naturally colder with fresh snow. These areas drastically affect the average of the state’s temperature overall.
Colorado absolutely does feature a wider range of weather conditions than Texas does, but an average day in average terrain in Colorado is not nearly as different from an average day in Texas as these figures might make it sound.
Texas to Colorado Home Prices
For as wonderful as Colorado is, Hercules Movers and Packers never want to misguide you and is intent on being as upfront and honest as possible with you. With that in mind and knowing how important the larger financial figures of a move can be, you should be aware that the price of a home in Colorado is, on average, substantially more expensive than it is in Texas.
Colorado’s average home price is $580,275. In stark contrast, Texas’ average home price is $355,000. Major factors that play a role in this include Colorado’s booming economy and the current fluctuating marketplace, which could soon see home prices drop.
Cost of Living Index Changes When Moving from Texas to Colorado
While there are many factors that undergo consideration when measuring the cost of living in any given state, such as vehicle registration, your current driver’s license, or your average rent, generally speaking, Colorado is also substantially more expensive than Texas. Using Dallas and Denver as base-level cities for each state, Denver is 26.5% more expensive than Dallas.
There are other factors as well, such as the fact that Colorado has various incentives that will pay you to move there under certain circumstances (such as if you are disabled or if you are buying your first home). It’s also important to keep in mind that even with these averages, both Colorado and Texas are above the national average.
Comparing the Job Market between Texas to Colorado
The job market is an area in which both Texas and Colorado positively excel. Both offer plentiful job opportunities, reasonable rates per hour, and easy access to entries into various fields. Texas specializes much more in retail and service-based industries than Colorado and is routinely rated a great place to enter a new job field. Colorado, meanwhile, is routinely ranked as one of America’s hottest job markets and has re-employed the over 350,000 individuals who lost their jobs due to COVID in the last two years.
How to Prepare for Long-Distance Moves
That’s all a lot of information to take in and consider. Relocations are difficult, and the moving process itself is often tedious and time-consuming, more so than it is exciting.
Search for the Best Long-Distance Moving Companies
Whenever you find yourself in the position of preparing to move long distance, you should always look into the most well-respected and highly-regarded moving services in your current area of residence.
Once you’ve found some moving services you trust, schedule your free in-home estimates with them so that not only can the teams of these companies better understand you but also so that you can get a better understanding of their work ethics. Always schedule multiple quotes, at least three, so that you have a better understanding of what is and isn’t fair. This way, you never have to feel backed into a corner or done wrong by an underhanded deal.
Get Information About Other Moving Costs
On top of the traditional fees, moving also comes with other, perhaps less expected expenses. From flight ticket prices to hotel expenses to gas prices, depending on the exact distance of your drive in Colorado, it all begins to add up in unpleasant ways. That’s why you should always ask your moving company if they offer any incentives that would allow for further coverage of these additional charges.
The team at Hercules Movers and Packers wants to help save you time, money, and heartache in absolutely any way they can.
Get Information About Other Moving Costs
Do you know the exact distance from Texas to Colorado Denver? Before you decide if you’re driving to Colorado, you may want to check flight ticket prices; otherwise, you will encounter additional hotel expenses along the way.
Commonly Asked Questions
Is it Cheaper to Live in Texas or Colorado?
Texas has cheaper home prices and cost of living but higher taxes all around.
Why are Texans Moving to Colorado?
For its gorgeous landscapes, great weather, and booming economy.
Is Moving to Colorado a Good Idea?
It’s all relative, but Colorado does routinely rank as one of the best places to live in the U.S.
How Much Money Do I Need to Move?
It all depends upon where exactly in Colorado you’re looking to move to, so study up, and Hercules Movers and Packers will help you calculate the rest!
Where is the Best Place to Move to in Colorado?
Speaking strictly based upon its routine ranking as the happiest and best city in America, apparently Boulder. But it’s all relative to your specific situation.
How Much of Colorado is Owned by Texans?
A not insubstantial amount.
The Conclusion if You’re Moving from Texas to Colorado
If you’re looking for a change of pace and scenery, you can’t go wrong with a move to Colorado. Just remember to do your research ahead of time, both on the state itself and on the moving process, so that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly! And if you need a free quote for your long-distance move, don’t hesitate to reach out to Hercules Movers and Packers!