With a booming dining scene, hundreds of options monthly for entertainment and a 360-degree view that is Instagram worthy, it’s no secret that Colorado is getting more populated every year. Small talk with coworkers and new friends leads to finding out that more people are from out of town than truly from Colorado.

So why are people moving here?

Last month, we polled you, our 303 Magazine readers, to see why you moved here. A fraction of you are natives, while the top answers were submitted by people from somewhere else.

Here are the top 5 reasons why people move to Colorado:

5. Downtown and nightlife

What’s not to love about downtown Denver? This city offers plenty of dining, entertainment, activities and more – no matter what the season is.

Photo by 303 Photographer, Romeo Fernandez.

Photo by 303 Photographer, Romeo Fernandez.

4. For work

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photo by 303 photo manager, Kyle Cooper

Let’s face it: Moving to Colorado for work isn’t the worst place to be transferred to.

3. Red Rocks and the local music scene


photo by 303 photographer, Roman Tafoya

From Sam Smith to A$AP Rocky, there are dozens of shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre every summer that are must-see. And if you don’t want to make the trek up to Morrison, there are other music venues all over the state that offer fantastic lineups.

2. Ski and snowboard season


photo by Adam Ripplinger

Something most of us living in Colorado have in common is loving ski and snowboard season. That’s obviously why this is reason #2. And thankfully, the season is almost here once again.

1. To take advantage of summer activities

Finkel & Garf beer at Blue Lake. Photo by George Hardwick.

Finkel & Garf beer at Blue Lake. Photo by George Hardwick.

The #1 reason why people move to Colorado isn’t that surprising – just look at this view! Summer in Colorado is breathtaking, whether you’re in the city, mountains or somewhere in between.