Welcome to colorful Colorado street sign along Interstate I-76 Photo Credit: miroslav_1 (iStock).

Photo Credit: miroslav_1 (iStock).

Life in Colorado definitely has its perks, but it has its pitfalls, too. After my first list of '8 reasons no one should want to move to Colorado' generated so much conversation, I thought I'd give you 8 more reasons why this state isn't so great.

RELATED: See the original list of eight reasons here.

1. Fire risk

In 2020, four different fires that burned in Colorado were larger than the largest blaze to ever previously occur in the state. Cameron Peak Fire was 208,663 acres, East Troublesome Fire was 192,560 acres, Mullen Fire burned mostly in Wyoming, but was 176,878 acres, and the Pine Gulch Fire was 139,007 acres – all larger than the Hayman Fire of 2002, which reached 137,760 acres.

Those included, eight of the 10 largest Colorado fires took place in the last decade. As Colorado continues to struggle with drought, dry conditions persist, as does an increased fire risk and a high possibility of large future blazes. It's common for wildfires to impact daily life in the Centennial State, whether that means a weekend off of outdoor recreation or a blaze burning down your own property.

2. Lack of water

This point hits on two levels – one being the massive drought Colorado is experiencing and two being the lack of water available for outdoor recreation.

First, it needs to be noted that Colorado is low on water and has been for awhile. As I'm writing this, more than 98 percent of the state is experiencing some level of drought conditions and that's actually an improvement. This has a number of negative side effects, including agricultural loss, limited outdoor recreation, and increased fire risk. Obviously this can mean a huge negative impact for the livelihood of Coloradans and the local economy.

Second, it should be addressed that Colorado is a landlocked state. Sure, lakes and small beaches exist, but it's nothing like what can be found elsewhere. Don't come to Colorado if a beach life is your thing.

3. Coloradans aren't 'lucky'

Home to few lotto winners and a high number of weather-related and driving-related accidents, Coloradans aren't exactly 'lucky' – at least not based on the criteria Zippia used to rank all 50 states based on their fortune. Coloradans ranked as the 32nd luckiest among the 50 states. However, Colorado's score was boosted by a high life expectancy of 80 years, so we've got that going for us.

4. Hangovers are lurking

Colorado was recently ranked as the 5th most hungover state in the country. While the presence of more than 400 breweries might be a draw for some, an average elevation of more than 6,800 feet can seem to make hangovers more intense and can seem to give alcohol more of a punch.

RELATED: See the original list of eight reasons here.

5. Colorado's mountains can be dangerous

Between mountain travel, wild weather, and outdoor recreation, there are plenty of things that can kill you in Colorado. Throw big predators, like bears and lions, into the mix and Colorado starts to sound pretty dangerous. Obviously, some of these risks can be avoided by staying in the cities, but where's the fun in that.

If you plan on adventuring around Colorado, always take safety seriously. Be aware of the changing forecast and utilize proper safety equipment. Rocky Mountain National Park was ranked as one of the deadliest national parks in the country for a reason. Understanding what risks exist is the first step to approaching risk responsibly. Always consult with an expert.

6. Colorado's cities aren't the safest either

A recent analysis from WalletHub ranked 182 American cities based on how 'safe' they are and those representing Colorado didn't do too hot. Colorado Springs ranked a mediocre 78th of 182, with Denver ranking 165th due to a 170th ranking in the 'home and community' safety category.

Here's a look at the most violent cities in Colorado and here's a breakdown of a few safer spots.

7. Get ready for constant road construction

Don't come to Colorado expecting beautifully paved roads. The wild temperature swings make potholes and cracks common and the rapid growth of the state has resulted in crowded lanes that get even more chaotic in the many construction zones around the state.

Motortrend recently ranked Colorado roads as the 14th worst in the nation with 31.6 percent of major urban roads in bad shape. Sometimes, it can seem like the number is even higher than that.

8. It will ruin every other state for you

Come on people, I don't really hate Colorado. With ample sunshine and endless outdoor recreation, it's hard to beat. I love being able to leave my house and hit the trail within minutes and, at this point, I think I've been so spoiled that I'd have a hard time living anywhere else. I'm guessing a lot of my fellow Coloradans feel the same.

In conclusion

There you have it – eight more reasons why living in Colorado might not be a great decision.

Do you agree with this list? Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments.

RELATED: See the original list of eight reasons here.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run.


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Second home development (rule: one home per person) is wrecking the high country. Richie Riches: donate to a Land Trust instead of further indulging yourself.


As a native Coloradoan like forever there is no other state that compares. Now if we can get all the newbies out of here that would be great.


Taxes are too high. Consider the DMV and the price of registering your vehicle - and ten the yearly cost for a sticker. I worked at Territorial prison where the inmates make the plates. At the tie, they were paid $0.60 day. The tin plate was run through a pressing die, and then painted. Some vanity plates took a little longer, but holy cr*p - the return on the process nets the sate millions of dollars in revenue! Just ask anyone in another state what their license plate fees are. I love the beauty of the state, but the government takes advantage of it and bleeds us with every fee imaginable. Someone is getting richer... maybe its the contracted hwy construction crews (and their CEOs).

its gettingweird

There are 1,000 new apartment buildings in Denver, all look the same. Exaggerated rectangular boxes, stuffing hundreds of new Coloradans into minimum 4 or 5 story compartments. Now lets get drunk and stoned, cause we can. And then wonder what on earth we were thinking to live like this. There are greener pastures


There's more Texas carpetbaggers than Coloradans......


You could fix that, move to Texas, NOW.


I have lived here for 61 years as a native. And Colorado use to be a great place to live, but now the extremely high cost of owning or renting is ridiculously over priced. We have high taxes, the pollution is ugly, the roads are packed all the time. The crime rate is high and higher now that everyone is getting high. Did I mention the stink. I never thought I would leave Colorado, but the above has ruined Colorado.


It's way too crowded, housing prices SUCK, and traffic congestion is over the top. Don't come here.


The trails, rivers, and mountains have become ridiculously crowded. When Colorado became the ‘in’ state to move to, it destroyed everything that made it great to be from here


Smokey8595, Stop posting social media about your favorite places and people won't appear! Pretty simple dummy.


We have WAY too many people moving here! Go back to where you came from, leave Colorado to us natives.


I have lived here in CO. now for 50 years. Moved here from the midwest....Love to hike, bike; love the climate here..-----the warm winters. Agree with the above comments this State is getting way too many transplants...


So it's ok for you to move here but others must stay away? I wonder if you would have moved here 50 years ago if you read your comments?


Maybe you should move! Then you would be the same invasive insect in the place you move to!



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