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Drawbacks of Retiring in Colorado

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Nov 2015 05:03 PM

Colorado is one of the nation’s most alluring retirement spots due to its open spaces, four seasons, and low taxes. But seniors considering the state for their golden years should be aware of potential drawbacks as well.

Here are some considerations to take into account before retiring in Colorado:

1. Recreational marijuana use is legal

While no one is going to force you to smoke marijuana, the possibility remains that living in Colorado means you may often smell it and be around people who are using it. If that makes you uncomfortable, it's something to consider before making the Centennial State your new home.

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Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 and is still learning about how the industry affects the state and the people in it. Gov. John Hickenlooper acknowledged when pot was legalized that he was unsure how the public would be affected. He appointed someone to oversee the rollout, and that person meets regularly with the state's heads of revenue, health, education, and other state agencies to maintain balance between the state's residents, their safety, and the law, CBS News reported.

2. Weather gets cold, dry, and unpredictable

Some retirees are not comfortable in cold environments, since the cold is believed to aggravate arthritis and other chronic health conditions. Although Colorado does experience the four seasons, the cold part of the year, especially at high altitudes, can be bitter. The weather in Colorado is also frequently unpredictable, often changing within a matter minutes. Sudden snowstorms are normal in winter, and hail storms aren't unusual during other parts of the year. The cold weather and windy climate results in browning grass and a low humidity.

3. Altitude sickness

Colorado is home to some of the country's highest-altitude cities, meaning the air is thinner and it's harder to get enough oxygen. If you move here, be prepared for acclimation that can include headache, nausea, dizziness, and trouble sleeping. Not to mention, if you like to do a lot of baking, the altitude will play a factor in recipes and cooking times.

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Colorado is one of the nation's most alluring retirement spots due to its open spaces, four seasons, and low taxes. But seniors considering the state for their golden years should be aware of potential drawbacks as well.
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