“Colorful Colorado,” as it is often called by the locals, is home to gorgeous natural landscapes, ranging from the Great Plains in the east to the majestic Rocky Mountains, which tower over much of the state. Denver, known as the Mile High City, is the state’s capital and offers all of the comforts and conveniences of a major metropolitan city. Outside of its more urban areas, Colorado is a mountainous paradise filled with beautiful sights to see and explore – an excellent retirement setting with endless opportunities for activity.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 180 independent living communities in Colorado. The median monthly cost of independent living in Colorado is about $2,400.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Colorado.
In Colorado, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.
Overall, the cost of living in Colorado is considered to be less affordable than the national average. Colorado has some of the most beautiful real estate in the country, which is also some of the most expensive. Because of this, the state has a high housing index rating. One of the most expensive places to live in the United States is Summit County, Colorado, which is home to a number of world class ski resorts. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
16% of Colorado’s population are over the age of 65. In the 2016 presidential election, Colorado leaned considerably liberal. Many of Colorado’s citizens care deeply about the outdoors, and outdoor recreation is the most popular pastime in the state. Locals and tourists alike enjoy Colorado for its skiing, rock climbing, rafting, and hiking.
Colorado’s climate varies drastically depending on what part of the state you are in. The eastern part of the state is classified as having a cold semi-arid climate, which means that the summers are pleasant and dry while the winters tend to be cold and snowy. The more mountainous parts of the state have climates that range from continental to subarctic, depending on the elevation. Colorado receives lots of snowfall each year, especially in the mountainous regions.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.