The big problem is the
cost of living
, since being
squeezed in a small valley
tends to put a limit on housing supply, and so increasing demand raises prices dramatically.
Similar to Vancouver, though it's a longer drive to get to the mountains. Some
amazing National Parks
Denver / Boulder / Colorado Springs
Note that the population density is highest just on the edge of the mountains
. Unlike Vancouver, there's room to spread out here. However, it's missing the water sports that Vancouver and Seattle have.
On the other hand — Water sports? I aint that rich.