getmursedSo I'm finishing up college in nursing school and thinking about moving up to SLC or Denver. I've read a lot recently that Denver is getting so saturated that its cost of living is getting incredibly expensive! Are there still areas in and around Denver that are reasonable or is it that bad! Also SLC how are the summers up there? How is downtown SLC? surrounding areas? For some reason, I have some bias towards Denver being more of the all-around package especially one day with a family! I know this has probably been talked about but I'm chilling with a healing torn retina and would love to hear from you guys!
Also hows the riding (mountain bike ) around Denver? I know the riding is killer around SLC as well as the whole enchilada and moab a little ways out. Always ride in Colorado in durago, tellu, CB, away from denver
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I've been in SLC for 3 years now. Summer can be brutally hot (>100 F for multiple days at a time) but cooler air in the mountains is only a 30 or 40 minute drive away. Downtown salt lake is pretty small as far as city centers go, but it's a young, lively area. Nightlife isn't going to be the same as Denver or other big cities but you can definitely still go out and have a great time. It's not the same state it was 15 years ago.
Yes, inversions and smog really suck. We can have the worst smog in the nation at times, but it rarely lasts longer than several days before getting cleared out. On the worst years we have between 20-30 red alert days. It's not like we have air quality issues constantly year round. Mostly happens during the winter in extended periods of high pressure.
Can't compare mountain biking as I'm not really a biker, but there are plenty of good trails around.
If you have a dog or are looking to get one in the future, look into the watershed restrictions in Utah. A lot of people move here without realizing you can't bring dogs into the two most popular canyons here and it can be a turn off for some. It's pretty heavily enforced ($500 fines I think).
Housing is relatively cheap here, especially considering the strong economy and especially if you are willing to live a little ways outside of SLC proper.
Hope that helps!