A decade ago, the draw of Denver earned this state the nickname "Coolorado," when the Mile High City became the top draw for millennials looking for "cool cities" around the country. After the election of Jared Polis, talk-show host James Corden gave Colorado another boost, suggesting in a Late Late Show monologue that no state in the nation is cooler than Colorado.
"Another first: Democrat Jared Polis won his election in Colorado, making him the nation's first openly gay man to serve as governor. The first gay governor. Finally, finally, an American politician who knows about my Tony Award," Corden said, then added: "Think about this, though. Colorado has legal marijuana, great beer and now a progressive gay governor. Is it just me, or is Colorado becoming the coolest floor in America's dormitory?"
It wasn't just Corden; readers echo his sentiment.
We've been cool. Why do you think we're called ColoRADo?
Colorado is freaking awesome!!
Robert makes a strategic comment:
No, we’re not cool. Stay away!
Sarah adds to the satire:
People need to know how godawful Colorado really is so they don’t get duped into moving here! I mean, come on, horrible weather where it’s hardly ever sunny, tons of weed overdoses, and rude people everywhere... don’t move here, all the good things you’ve heard are lies!
Kristi has a serious warning:
Colorado will just become another California. Look how well that turned out.
Colorado is not another California; GTF over it. The state is home to me, and it’s great still. Pack your fricking bags and don’t let the door hit all you man-bun Columbia-wearing fakeo outdoor enthusiasts in the ass on the way out.
If this means more people moving in, then these journalists and late night talk show hosts can all suck it. PS: Denver is great if you love increased rent and shoddy, lightening-quick development destroying Denver icons.
Keep reading for more on Colorado's cool reputation.
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It was big, big news in November 2011 when the Denver metro area suddenly topped the list of the country's "cool cities." That was according to William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, who studied the numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and determined that from 2008 through 2010, even as the hopes for a quick comeback from the recession faded, young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 were high on Denver...and proved it by coming here in record numbers.
"To the extent that they are moving at all," Frey said at the time, "young adults are headed to metro areas which are known to have a certain vibe — college towns, high-tech centers and so-called 'cool cities.'" And Denver, which had had ranked a mediocre twelfth in his previous survey, covering 2005 through 2007, was the coolest of them all, having added a chart-topping 10,429 people who fit in that desirable demographic during those years, making the city a true hipster haven.
Ten years after that flood of millennials began, Corden's comment might have given it another boost. Do you think Colorado's still cool? Post a comment or email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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