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Evergreen is a Cool, Upscale Mountain Hamlet with a Lively Downtown, a Popular Theater Company and Homes that Meld Into the Hills
This secluded, upscale mountain community is only 15 miles west of Denver in northcentral Colorado and is surrounded by open space, forested state parks and wooded county parks. It sits at 7,300 feet above sea level and started out in 1859.
The small but lively downtown grew near the confluence of Bear Creek and Cub Creek and today has covered sidewalks, funky restaurants and fun retailers in wooden structures with balconies. The arts hold a prominent place in the community. The Evergreen Players is one of the oldest theater companies in the state, and the well-respected Evergreen Chorale makes its home at Center Stage. The Center for the Arts holds classes, and the local artists' association produces an annual fine arts festival. Little Bear Saloon is a legendary rock and folk performance venue, while Evergreen Lake is the town's recreational focal point and the perfect place for ice skating in the winter and boating and fishing in the summer.
The recreation district maintains two centers and two pools, and Evergreen's senior center provides activities and meals. Run by the Audobon Society, the Evergreen Nature Center has classes and scavenger hunts. Homes are large, elegant and nestled in the forest. Some are hard to distinguish from the surrounding land.
Population: 9,500 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 96% above the national average.
Median Home Price: $800,000
Climate: Summers bring temperatures in the 70s and 80s, and winters bring temperatures in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 18 inches of rain and 80 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but St. Anthony in Lakewood, 10 miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but St. Anthony in Lakewood, 10 miles away, is accredited and a Level I trauma center.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 65%
Is Colorado Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The roads in and out are plowed in the winter but are only two lanes wide and often become icy.
Notes: Evergreen is near major highways but can feel isolated in the winter. The population has grown 5% during the last decade, and home prices have held steady during the last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Similar to California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.
The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.
With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.
The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
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