More and more people are deciding to move west, with some of the fastest growing cities
according to USA Today including St. George, Utah; Greeley, Colorado; Provo-Orem, Utah; and
Boise City, Idaho. Denver real estate is especially hot as well, thanks to its thriving economy,
booming job market and proximity to a wealth of outdoor adventure. Why should you consider making the move too?
More Open Space
If you’re looking for more open space, you’re much more likely to find it out west. The Western
states typically include vast wilderness areas where you can enjoy plenty of solitude and
perhaps even enjoy the charms of a small town, complete with a slower paced lifestyle. Even if
you live in the city, you’re likely to be within driving distance for a day trip to a more remote area.
For example, Los Angeles may be filled with traffic, but just a couple hours east you’ll find
Joshua Tree National Park, which feels like an entirely different planet.
Mountains or the Beach?
Living out West means you may not have to choose between living in the mountains or by the
beach – you may be able to do both in California, Oregon and Washington. Choose places like
Colorado or Montana and you’ll be in or within easy reach of the majestic Rockies for some of
the best skiing and hiking in the entire country.
A New Career
There tend to be a lot of jobs in the Western states so if you’re hoping to embark on a new
career or just land a better-paying job, you’re likely to do so out West. Three of the top five cities
for jobs, as ranked by WalletHub, are Scottsdale, Arizona; San Francisco, California; and
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Your Health Might Improve
Social activities don’t just involve going out to the bar when you live out west. Spending time in
the great outdoors rules here, perhaps hiking to the top of a mountain, camping in gorgeous
state or national parks, paddling kayaks across a lake, whitewater rafting, beach BBQs with
Frisbee throwing, or just going to the dog park and letting your four-legged friends run around
together. Instead of drinking all those calories, you’ll be burning a ton, helping you stay fit or
lose weight. People tend to eat healthier in the west too, with plenty of organic fruits and
vegetables available, and along the coast, lots of fresh fish and seafood too. If you’re on a
specific diet, such as vegan, gluten- or dairy-free, you’re much more likely to find restaurants
that cater to your needs too.
It’s Easier to Make Friends
While it’s not all clique-free, communities tend to be more welcoming to outsiders in Western
states, especially in larger towns and cities, simply because so many people are moving in from
other areas. There’s a relaxed, laid-back feel, with people often friendly and more open to all
types which means generally, you’re more likely to find yourself with some new friends not long
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