Evergreen, Colorado, is a beautiful mountain town located just 30 minutes west of Denver. The town is known for its stunning natural beauty, outdoor activities, and a strong sense of community. However, like any place, there are both pros and cons of living in Evergreen, Colorado. Below, I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living in Evergreen based on my 12 years of personal experience as a local resident.
Natural Beauty and Outdoor Activities
Strong Sense of Community
The community here of around 10,000 people is incredibly tight-knit. The residents here are friendly, active, and support to the community—overall it’s a really great place to raise a family. There are a variety of events that are hosted throughout the year, including The Evergreen Lake Music Festival, Chili Cook Off, Polar Plunge, Downtown Holiday Walk, and way more. Despite its small size, Evergreen has a charming historic downtown area with plenty of restaurants, shops, and community events. One of the greatest parts of living in a small mountain town is getting to know waitresses, baristas, and business owners that all contribute so heavily to the town’s welcoming atmosphere. It’s always a delight when I see a familiar face or go into a shop where they know my usual order. Some of my favorite go-to places are Murphy’s Mountain Bar and Grill, Muddy Buck’s Cafe, and Lariat Lodge Brewing Company.
Low Crime Rate
Proximity to Denver
CONS OF LIVING IN EVERGREEN COLORADO
Evergreen is located in the Rocky Mountains and is higher in altitude than Denver. The higher you climb in altitude the shorter your summers and longer your winters. Surprisingly we don’t get a ton of snow in the Winter. We typically get most of our snow in the spring months. Let’s compare snowfall across well-known Colorado towns for a better idea of what winter in Evergreen looks like. Breckenridge gets around 300 inches of snow fall per year, Denver sees around 57 inches, and Evergreen about 90 inches. Evergreen winters definitely gets snow, but nowhere near the Narnia that is a Colorado ski town. The winter temperatures are also not that bad due to the intensity of the sun and the dry climate. I was much colder in Texas at 35 degrees than I ever am in Evergreen on a 35 degree day. No matter where you’re from, it’s best to be prepared for varying weather and invest in winter gear and snow removal equipment.