Economy is growing - The Colorado economy is diverse, with farming activities in the flat eastern plains, services and manufacturing activity between the eastern plains and the western mountains, and numerous recreation areas and the state's numerous petroleum and coal deposits in the western Rocky Mountains. Tourism is one of the largest industries in Colorado in terms of jobs, employing 144,300 people. Colorado also offers a competitive film incentive program by providing a 20% film tax credit and a guaranteed loan program that could finance up to 20% of a film’s budget for qualifying feature films. With recreation marijuana entering the market, businesses could be poised to expand much more, with the medical marijuana industry in Colorado estimated at $300 million. In 2014, hiring will be widespread across all industries and strong enough to rank Colorado among the top five states for job growth.
Real estate market - All of the new construction happening in the booming city of Denver has given the city it's recent nickname as "The City of Cranes". Colorado saw 6 percent increase in construction through 2013, adding to the 12,000 construction jobs created over the last two years. From early 2012 through early 2013, Colorado also saw home prices increase by 7.3 percent. Overall, Denver ranked number ten of the 20 MSAs in the country, as far as year-over-year appreciation. Denver also had a bottom line of $13,028,368,450 in the third quarter of 2013.
Big city adventure with small-town charm - Denver International Airport, the fifth-busiest airport in the world in 2010, services the amiable western villages and big cities of Colorado. Head to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and you will find the two small adjacent towns, Blackhawk and Central City, where gambling is legal. Colorado is also the largest brewer of beer in the country and the third producer of wine in the United States. With several historic trains in Colorado, opportunities to pan for gold, or visit a rustic cowboy farm, Colorado is the perfect place to satisfy nature lovers and those in the city. Shop at the mall in the morning and hit the slopes in the afternoon!
Outdoor destinations - With 245 combined clear and partly cloudy days, Colorado leads the way in outdoor recreation. It is without wonder that Colorado ranks #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the world for top Outdoor & Adventure Destinations on TripAdvisor. From the 21 incredible Rocky Mountain ski resorts to surfing the highest sand dunes in the country at National Park Great Sand Dunes, there is always something new to discover in Colorado’s diverse landscape.
Increasingly young, smart, and healthy population - The capital city of Denver is the most educated city in the U.S., with 35 percent of the Denver area population holding at least a bachelor’s degree; Denver is also the “thinnest” city in America. With so many things to do and a great economy, it is no wonder that Colorado attracted a chart-topping 10,429 young adults between 2008 and 2010.