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Old 02-07-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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All of these post sound like the very reasons for moving from Houston! I am 61 years old and I know it's taking a risk to uproot from my socked in upbringing. I took a trip with my girlfriends family and spent 2 weeks in South Colorado. I was just a teenager but I left my heart there. It still makes me misty to think of what I left behind in Colorado. I've wanted to move ever since then. My inner guidance tells me I need to do this now. I figure it will take me a year to sell most of my stuff and get ready for the move. Somebody wish me luck!
Sincere best wishes to you, sounds like you're planning it out and doing it right.

This is a perfect time to get rid of years of clutter and old unused stuff, some tips are here.

Consider also the prospect of getting rid of old furniture which may not be worth the moving expense. Check prices on new furniture from COLO's largest dealer.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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crowhere: When my wife and I were looking for a semi-retirement location, we looked all over the western states. I was stationed in Colorado (Denver) back in the dark ages and, like you, I never forgot it. It was always on our short list. We didn't want another big city, so we decided against Denver. Colorado Springs seemed to hit most of our priorities. So, we made the move from VA last year. BTW, same age as you. We think we made the right choice. No second thoughts. I would suggest you come out for another visit. 40+ years is a long time and things have changed since you were a teenager, but not so much that you recognize the place. Stick with the forum to answer questions as you proceed. I really do wish you the best of luck.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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I hear several posts about moving from a big city. I'm moving from a tiny city because I want somewhere bigger without all the traffic. I'm moving from a "city" of about 70,000. Perhaps you could say I live in the suburb of it that only has 10,000, but it's really semantics at that point. It's a tiny area that affords very few of the luxuries that bigger cities have. I don't want a New York or Chicago, but I'd like to have at least one Costco in the city. I'd like to have most businesses open past 8pm. I'd like to have access to a large pool of businesses that can employ young professionals.

I was actually considering getting my MBA here, but one of the things the University states is that they don't want to admit anyone who plans to stay around here. There just aren't good jobs for highly educated businesses people in this area. It would hurt their rankings if the graduates stayed around here wishing jobs existed.

Ironically this area has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, but the work is either union protected--non members will not be considered--or it is low level service work kissing the behinds of the union members.

To me the most attractive things are the mild winters, great views, and low taxes.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:54 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere Arkansas
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So what's the best thing about living in Colorado Springs as opposed to other towns and cities like Denver, Golden or Boulder?

Thanks,

Joe

You're no longer living in california?
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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I was actually considering getting my MBA here, but one of the things the University states is that they don't want to admit anyone who plans to stay around here. There just aren't good jobs for highly educated businesses people in this area. It would hurt their rankings if the graduates stayed around here wishing jobs existed.

Ironically this area has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, but the work is either union protected--non members will not be considered--or it is low level service work kissing the behinds of the union members.

To me the most attractive things are the mild winters, great views, and low taxes.
I'm a UCCS alum and the handful of people I know who completed the MBA are gainfully employed in town...that's probably not a great sample size though I'm also not sure how their salary compares to other metro areas. There are surely much better places for an MBA'd individual.

Are you specifically talking about a particular industry? Overall Bureau of Labor Statistics pegs COS' unemployment rate around 9.0%, which is less than rosy.

Agree on those last 3 things, esp. the winters and great views. The winters are a small price to pay for perhaps the best summer in the country. I love my current even milder winters but my summer is coming too quickly!
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Miami Florida
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You're no longer living in california?
I live in Miami Florida not California.

Joe
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