Moving to Denver

Facebook bl@ckmamba
Apr 14 21 Comments

I don’t see myself living in the Bay Area long term because of how crazy expensive everything is.

One of the places I’ve been considering moving to is Denver. How is the tech scene there? How livable is it compared to the Bay Area?

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  • Lockheed Martin / EngiRqP73
    I currently live in Denver. It’s a fanatic tech hub and growing very quickly. Many top companies have sites here (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Uber, etc). The cost of living is good, but slowly getting pricier as more people move here and as the above mentioned companies grow their presence. To give a direct baseline, you can get a nice two bedroom apartment for 2-2.5k/month.

    Denver is very much a young processionals city and you’ll have no problem making friends. If you enjoy the outdoors, the mountains close for summer hiking and winter skiing.

    If you want to talk more, send me a message!
    Apr 147
    • Facebook bl@ckmamba
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      Ive heard it’s hard to make friends there because people are usually flaky and into their own things.
      How big are the offices?
      Apr 14
    • Lockheed Martin / EngiRqP73
      I honestly have never experienced that. I have friends who’ve come from all over the country and have great friend groups. So many meetup groups too to help facilitate that as well.

      I don’t work in any of the offices or at those companies, so I don’t want to giving false information. But, I’ve heard they’re sizable and I always hear in the news they’re continuing to expand and build/buy new office space
      Apr 14
    • TuneIn WsvF24
      Does it good place for families? Is there a good suburbs with good schools, a lot of kids and good proximity to the city?
      Apr 14
    • Lockheed Martin / EngiRqP73
      Yes, lots of great schools (public & private) and good communities for families that want to live in the burbs but need access to the city.
      Apr 14
    • TuneIn WsvF24
      Thank you. What are those burbs, can you name a few for me to check please

      Does elevation and very dry air affects people health and QOL in some ways( negative)?
      Apr 14
    • Lockheed Martin / EngiRqP73
      Haha, I’m a native so dry air does not affect me. But my friends from humid places did complain they need a lot of lotion. They acclimate though and it’s not a serious problem. Elevation is also a short term issue for those coming from sea level. Take it easy the first month or so and you’ll be fine.

      Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Bloomfield, Cherry Creek. Some that immediately come to mind but there are many more. I’d google school ratings in Denver and you’ll get a sense of the nice areas
      Apr 14
    • Apple 867530nine
      +1. Denver is one of the best kept secrets in the US. 300 days of sunshine per year. Great outdoors. Good sports scene. Great food and beer culture. Hip, young professional city. Neighboring Boulder is amazing.

      Straight up a solid place to live. Especially if you work in tech.

      I do agree the prices are going up fast though. Apparently it’s not so much a secret anymore. Denver will eventually saturate and suffer the same problems as other expensive cities.
      Apr 14
  • Compass 905
    I hear they have good gummies
    Apr 143
    • Oscar 🐨koala
      And Russians.
      Apr 14
    • Facebook bl@ckmamba
      OP
      Gummies?
      Apr 14
    • Gap / EngrandUser
      marijuana gummies, you melt them then inject them straight to your veins
      Apr 14
  • TuneIn WsvF24
    Would you consider Raleigh, NC? Sounds like a good option too?
    Apr 142
    • Facebook bl@ckmamba
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      Too close to the Bible Belt. I am not white.
      Apr 15
    • TuneIn WsvF24
      Don't see the correlation between being ”not white”(whatever it means) and being ”too close”(not even in) Bible belt.
      Raleigh seems the very educated and progressive place (compared to many in the country )just IMO
      Apr 15
  • Microsoft / Eng
    MgIr74

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    Austin is also a good option.
    Apr 142
    • Facebook bl@ckmamba
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      Yeah but Texas weather? And the fact that there is no natural beauty nearby.
      Apr 15
    • Microsoft / Eng
      MgIr74

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      Ya I’d be worried about the heat.
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  • New CiOI38
    I moved to Denver 3 years ago, from Dallas. I moved bc of awesome mtn biking, river activities, skiing.

    Besides that, meh. The city is a bit like Austin - but I'm not really that impressed with the people for the things I personally value. The city is artsy, funky, different. People are nice, more introverted than I am used to, and education is consistently an afterthought. I meet a lot of people I am underwhelmed by, intellectually. I compared data on average test scores for the Denver Metro to Dallas metro, and I was infuriated. I live next to a $30k/student/year private school. The private school's test scores are on average 15% LOWER than the upper-middle class Dallas public schools. The public are worse.

    I feel like everyone is either non-aggressive, comfortable at their level, or toke ditch weed toooo much. Before I moved, several prior-Denver residents told me "you'll be a big fish in that small pond of underachievers". But I also moved away from Dallas, due to it's materialism.

    Career opportunities are good until senior leadership, then it seems sparse - unless you want to work for media companies. There are companies moving here, but they're generally auxillary type offices/roles. Boulder is definitely the place to go for SWE growth.
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  • VMware eatbeef
    Denver has pretty amazing weather, maybe not as good as Bay Area but pretty close. Livability is high but you will drive a lot. The food scene is coming into its own, the beer and weed are both great. Tech is pretty prevalent and growing consistently as SV firms try to find cheaper talent. The downsides are going to be in infrastructure, public transit is OK and traffic gets worse by the day.
    Apr 150
  • Amazon oksureamz
    The google office is in boulder, and it’s about 600. Amazon has offices in boulder and Denver. The boulder one is 60 people with capacity for 120. Denver is larger, a few hundred, and it’s in the wework space. Uber is Uber ATG in Louisville, 120 headcount office. Facebook is in Denver, and it’s only a data center operations office. I’m not sure how big the staff is. Twitter is in boulder, about 250 headcount.
    Apr 140

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