The Great Migration from California to Colorado

With half of Californians wanting and planning to leave the state, Colorado is ready for them. According to this article, it’s more than half. Of millennials it is much higher, at 63%. Among Bay Area residents, that number is at 76%, where median home values are well above $1 million.



The high cost of living is the main reason for this state-to-state migration. Between high property taxes and the high cost of groceries and gasoline, the basics truly are expensive. Other serious issues include dirty streets, traffic, insufficient public transportation, roads in disrepair and limited parking. There is also a great desire to save more for the future, but it is difficult when everything goes towards just surviving.


The California sales tax rate is 7.25%. This rate is made up of a base rate of 6%, plus California adds a mandatory local rate of 1.25%. Depending on local sales tax jurisdictions, the total tax rate can be as high as 10.25%.


In California, there is obviously a lack of seasons. For many Bay Area residents, the dominant tech monoculture can be tiresome. The population requires permanent water rationing as well. People are feeling the need for more physical living space, and for professionals with the desire to start families, there is a noticeable lack of children and families around. Once they do start families, they look a better public school system.


While most outward migrants tend to stay on the west coast, many are moving to Colorado, and with good reason. As someone who has lived in both states, I can tell you the reasons I chose to raise my family here. Of course, I can never list them all, as I discover new ones every day, but I’ll give it a go…


The weather doesn’t get much better than Colorado. With more than 300+ sunny days a year, it is not uncommon for residents to ski in the morning and play a round of golf in the afternoon – almost any time of year!


Colorado has abundant artistic and cultural resources with broad public and private support. The state is a national leader in funding for the arts. Top-notch museums like the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver can all be found in Denver. The sprawling Denver Performing Arts Complex is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. It is home to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Denver Center Theater Company and the Colorado Ballet — the region’s largest and most impressive resident performing arts organizations.


Colorado offers a very healthy environment, leading to an increase in the overall health and wellness of residents. Coloradans are always ranked among the highest in several health rankings because of their lifestyle.

  • Colorado residents have the second highest well-being in the nation (Gallup, 2013)

  • Colorado’s working-age adults are healthier than their counterparts in most other states, according to the Colorado Health Report Card

  • Colorado has the second-lowest prevalence of hypertension and the third-lowest prevalence of diabetes

  • Colorado’s adults are more likely to exercise than adults in most other states

  • Colorado has the lowest rate of adult obesity in the country


Colorado’s climate and the splendor of the mountains and the wide-open plains give the state’s recreational character an extraordinary sense of diversity.

  • Ten national parks provide an incredible variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

  • 42 state parks and numerous outdoor recreation areas provide opportunities for boating, paddle boarding, hiking, camping, swimming, snowmobiling, bird watching, picnicking, fishing, hunting and biking.

  • Colorado is the country’s most popular ski destination, with 26 world class ski resorts, keeping us active outdoors all year.

  • Colorado boasts more than 35 winter recreation areas that offer snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowcat tours, sleigh rides, ice skating, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and more.


Seven professional sports teams provide great year-round entertainment: Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Colorado Mammoth – Lacrosse (NLL), Colorado Rapid (MLS), Colorado Rockies (MLB), Denver Broncos (NFL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Denver Outlaws – Lacrosse (MLL).

Need more reasons to make Colorado your home? Call me now at 303-619-4400.

My New Tel-a-Graham

My New Tel-a-Graham

Thinking About

I think about Winter Park Resort a lot these days as we have started to ski as a family in the last couple of years. We have a family pass for Winter Park and love spending time as a family on the mountain. If you haven't been there yet, it's one of our favorite spots!


Are we checking boxes or making a difference? I came up with this a few weeks ago in a Realtor meeting. I don't know if it's original but I think it's worth everyone pondering and asking themselves this question.

Podcast I am Listening to

LondonReal with Brian Rose. I love his interviews breaking down really successful, interesting individuals and why they are great. He offers many resources also. Check it out!


Book I'm Reading

I think everyone in life needs to read the Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann. I read this at least once every year as a reminder that everything in life comes from the 5 principles and how much you give before you ever receive. I give this book away to friends and clients more than any other.

Buy on Amazon - book or audio

Fitness Fun

I am now addicted to Orange Theory Fitness. My wife and I joined in July last year and have never looked back. It's my perfect workout! An hour of high-intensity work, with loud music and tons of energy! I hit the 5am class most mornings and it sets the tone for the rest of my day!

Orange Theory website