Pueblo, a great place to live
Many of you have already read one of the recent articles published by RoadSnacks.net. This article is titled “These are the 10 worst places to live in Colorado” subtitled “We use science to determine which cities in Colorado are the real pits.” How did they scientifically back up their claims? They took the crime rates, unemployment rates, household income, and average home values, population density, and somehow used those to rank each city. Pueblo was ranked #1 as the worst city to live in.
Beyond the numbers
Is Pueblo REALLY that bad? The short answer; of course not! When dealing with something as complex as the livability of a city, we need to go beyond the numbers. We really need to focus on what these cities have to offer.
Pueblo is relatively close to all the best things. Mountains, lakes, Arkansas river, Colorado springs, Denver, Black Hawk, the sand dunes. Two main highways are the lifeblood Colorado. They are the I-70 and I-25. The I-25 intersects through Pueblo, where you will find Colorado Springs just 30 minutes away. If you head west on hwy-50, you will arrive in mountainous territory.
Lake Pueblo State Park
This place is arguably the very best part of Pueblo. This is a warm water lake surrounded by beautiful shale cliffs, with over 60 miles of shoreline and almost 10,000 acres of land. If you like any of the following, you will love The Pueblo Reservoir.
- Waterskiing / wakeboarding
- River tubing
- Taking great photos
For more information on Lake Pueblo click this link: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/LakePueblo
Lower home prices
How can this be a bad thing? Especially, if you are among the millennial generation. The average price of a home sold in Denver is about $374,890! The average price for a single-family detached home hit $416,495! This is insane considering, most millennials also carry heavy debt from school. (Average student loan debt is about $30,000). Contrast that with Pueblo, which has an average home price of $105,400!
Just like the home prices, places like Denver have crazy rent prices. According to rentjungle.com, the average one bedroom apartment in Denver is $1351 a month and $1782 a month for two bedroom apartments! The latter would cost you $21,384 per year and that does not include utilities. The median gross rent is about $872. Once again, let’s contrast that with Pueblo, the average rent is $678 according to areavibes.com.
Pueblo is still a growing city. This is the place to build homes, buy real estate, and start small business. Buy a house now, and watch your property value increase as time goes by. Like I stated before, the housing prices here are low! The cost of living is low. If you’re in the market for a fixer upper, by all means, we have those here too! $50,000 or less is quite realistic in these parts.
Pueblo is one of the sunniest places in the United States, receiving more sunshine than San Diego and Honolulu. The winters are mild and the summers can be a little toasty, but everything cools down to a comfortable temperature when the sun sets. These warm summer nights are perfect for creating memories to last a lifetime.
Art, Culture, and festivities
Pueblo has an art and conference center. The Sangre de Cristo art and conference center is located in downtown Pueblo right off I-25. Learn more about it here http://www.sdc-arts.org/index.html .
Pueblo is home to the Chile & Frijoles festival every year. This festival is what Pueblo is all about; their Pueblo chilies. You can search around the world but you will never find a chile quite like a Pueblo chilie! This event features music, arts & crafts, cooking competitions, and of course chilies! To find out more click here: http://pueblochilefestivalinfo.com/
Pueblo hosts the Colorado State Fair. This is probably one of the biggest events of the year. There are so many things to do here! There are carnival rides for the kids and petting zoos for the kids, competitive events for everyone, music concerts featuring big names, monster truck shows, and even rodeos! http://www.coloradostatefair.com/
Pueblo’s city park is a hidden gem. It has everything for just about everyone:
- Public swimming pool / water park
- Dog park
- Pueblo Zoo
- Disk golf course
- Baseball fields
- Amusement park rides
- Fishing ponds
- Horse shoe pits
- Pavillions & picnic areas
- Tennis courts
- Bike trails.
I can go on all day about how great Pueblo Colorado is, but I’ll save the rest for another day. You might be wondering to yourself “what about the unemployment rates and crime rates?” Unfortunately, crime is a real issue. Every growing city and established metropolis has its problems with crime and Pueblo is no different. There are only a few “bad” areas in Pueblo that give the entire city a bad name.