Moving from Oakland, CA, to Denver, CO

Elevate your perspective with a Mile High move 

Because it sits just 12 miles east of San Francisco, CA, Oakland is often overshadowed or merely considered a blue-collar suburb of its flashier Bay Area neighbor.  

It’s also easy to assume that Denver, CO — with its proximity to the majestic Rocky Mountains — is only a world-class winter sports destination. But the Mile High City offers so much more! And if you’re planning to move there from Denver, read on to find out about what awaits. 

Learn more about living at a higher altitude.  

Denver offers quality living at an affordable cost 

Despite Denver’s popularity contributing to rising housing costs, you’re still likely to pay less than in Oakland whether you rent or buy. Denver’s median home price is $576,000 compared to $820,000 for Oakland. What about some other critical financial categories? Denver also has a lower unemployment rate, sales tax, and state income tax. 

Population growth sparks career opportunities  

Denver attracts about 17 million visitors annually but is quickly gaining new residents. According to one study, Denver has a population of 700,000, the eighth fastest-growing U.S. city. Its labor force — which is strong in the healthcare, technology, and aerospace sectors — has also helped it grow into one of the nation’s largest metro areas since the pandemic. 

Experience a diverse and vibrant culture 

Oakland and Denver share an appreciation for cultural diversity, good food and fun things to do. So, if you’re worried about boredom, think again! The Mile High City has a destination for practically every interest. Plus, it’s one of the sunniest cities in the country, making it easy to get out and explore year-round. Don’t miss these popular attractions: 

  • Gardening & landscaping: Denver Botanic Gardens, Washington Park 
  • Live entertainment: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Bluebird Theater, The Mission Ballroom, Ogden Theater, Paramount Theatre, Nocturne
  • Sports: Coors Field (MLB’s Rockies), Empower Field at Mile High (NFL’s Broncos), Ball Arena (NBA’s Nuggets and NHL’s Avalanche) 
  • Science: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum 
  • History: United States Mint (free tours available), Molly Brown House Museum 
  • Animals: Denver Zoo, Downtown Aquarium 
  • Architecture: Union Station 
  • Art: Denver Art Museum 
  • Shopping & dining: 16th Street Mall, Larimer Square, Denver Central Market 

Move hassle-free and save with U-Pack 

Eager to get started on your Denver adventure? U-Pack has service centers nationwide and an experienced team of long-distance moving experts available to help. We’ll even take care of the driving — all you have to do is pack, load, and unload. Get a free quote today on your move from Oakland and learn all about our unique service.