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Old 04-11-2015, 09:29 AM
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Hey guys,

I'm a new poster but have been reading the site for quite some time and decided to finally ask a question.

My fiancé and I are both RN's and she is a new grad so we're looking to relocate from Michigan to somewhere with better quality of life. We live in Ann Arbor which is a great college town, so we like to keep the same feel for our next city. Fort Collins and Madison both caught our eyes, and I was hoping to get some input from you all about how they compare or differ?

Weather: How bad are the winters at either place? Snowfall?

Economy: Both of us being RN's we like to be around a diverse healthcare economy, or atleast have options. As well, I'd like to know overall how things are going. One of the reasons we don't love Ann Arbor is the university controls 90% of the cities economy, and that is a little scary.

Outdoors/Healthy Lifestyle: We're big outdoorsy people and love having access to nature. Also we like to be in a place that encourages biking, eating healthy, etc.

Safety/Quality of life: One day we'll have kids and I wonder how safe and how nice of a place to raise a family each one is. How are the schools?

I would probably be attending University of Wisconsin if I were to move there as well, is that a pretty good school overall, does anyone know?

Thanks for any input guys. This is such a hard decision and I'd appreciate any feedback.

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Old 04-11-2015, 07:57 PM
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Been to Colorado (not Fort Collins), and been to Madison many times. Lived in IL and MI my whole life.

Weather: Neither place will compare to Ann Arbor in terms of snowfall, but Madison is COLD. It doesn't get any moderation from the lake like cities in Michigan do, so you get winter from late October through early April. You get bitter cold from Nov-Feb. It's 5 degrees colder on average than Ann Arbor. Denver (can't speak to Ft Collins) is much more moderate, winters are mild, not as much precipitation.

Economy: They're both small cities, so the job market will be somewhat limited compared to nearby cities like Denver and Milwaukee, respectively. That said, both cities seem to have healthy economies.

Outdoors: Expect to be indoors half the year or more if you choose Madison. It's hard to enjoy the winter weather (they do have some skiing in WI) when it's -20 degrees out. Fort Collins has 4 seasons, but isn't as brutally cold. If you like skiing, you could potentially spend every month of the year outdoors.

Safety: Both cities are safer than the national average, if that says anything.

Can't speak to schools or much else.
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Old 04-12-2015, 08:23 AM
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Compare and contrast:

Both are college/university communities
Both are just a short ways away from a large city (Denver, Milwaukee)

Madison has the flagship university in Wisconsin, Ft. Collins has a lesser-ranked uni. (Think-UM vs MSU.)
Madison is also the state capital of Wisconsin, has a lot of government jobs. Ft. Collins is more of a university community period.
The U of W has a big teaching hospital, a medical school, nursing school, etc. Ft. Collins has a vet school, no people medical/nursing degrees or teaching hospitals.

The previous poster covered the weather pretty well. Ft. Collins' weather is similar to Denver, as is every city on the Front Range. You can also look at weather websites, OP.
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