Moving from Portland, OR to Denver, CO

Climbing Mile High from the City of Roses

If you’re planning a move from Portland to Denver, one thing is certain: You won’t have to sacrifice quality of life. Both rank among the country’s top 10 Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report — Denver is No. 2 behind Austin, TX, and Portland is No. 8.
Find out how Portland and Denver compare, and get a head start on finding your happy place in the Mile High City!

Portland vs. Denver: A Closer Look

These two cities match up favorably with one another. Here are some distinctions between them in key categories:


  • Portland — 632,000
  • Denver — 700,000

Fun fact: Denver, Colorado’s state capital, has grown by more than 100,000 since 2010.


  • Portland — Comfortable year-round temperatures, but a lot of rain (43 inches per year) and sunny days less than half the year
  • Denver — Much less rain (17 inches), but sun, snow and some extreme weather, like hail and lightning

Fun fact: Denver gets more than 300 days of sunshine each year — even more than San Diego, CA!


Portland — Has one of the country’s largest urban parks (5,000 acres) along with hiking, water sports and running events all nearby
Denver — More than 5,000 acres of parks, trails, golf courses, and playgrounds. The best skiing in North American can be found in Colorado.
Fun fact: Denver has the largest city park system in the country — 205 parks within the city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.

Best Reasons to Live There

  • Portland — Proximity to prime outdoor adventure spots, greenery and scenery, view of Mount Hood, walkability, bicycle-friendly, excellent public transportation, mild summers (if you can make it through the long rainy season), no sales tax
  • Denver — Strong job market, growing economy, good schools, growing food and craft beer scene, concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater, seven professional sports teams, a haven for winter sports, central geographic location, access to international airport

Fun fact: Denver is one of the few cities in the country that wasn’t built on a road, railroad, lake or navigable body of water. Settlers were drawn to the spot because of the gold found there.

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