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Old 01-13-2014, 05:21 PM
 
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Yes, altitude will be different. Most people have to adjust to a higher altitude. When entertainers come to sing they usually complain of being short of breath when they sing or play an instrument. You can get altitude sickness where you feel dizzy and lightheaded. Drink plenty of water because you can get deyhydrated easily. If you live in Colorado Springs 6,035 ft. or Pueblo 4,692 ft. they are not as high as some of the surrounding areas. Black Forest near Colorado Springs is 7,500 ft or Woodland Park at 8,293 ft. You will get use to the altitude and before long you won't even notice the difference. Wear sun screen though because you can get sunburned easier at a higher elevation.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:30 AM
 
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I second otowi in suggesting the Security-Widefield and Fountain part of town. It's not to be confused with what people refer to as the "SE" part of town which is higher crime and bad...we have some really nice communities down there. And in general, you can easily tell just by looking at them if they are nicer or not so much, although even our older and humbler parts of Security aren't so much ghetto as they are simply very working class. It all depends on how much you can afford, what you're used to, and what you're looking for. But I suggest it because it's sometimes slightly warmer down that way compared to up in the hills, we don't have problems with wildfires or flooding or mudslides or anything, just some tumbleweeds. And one thing no one mentioned to you about Pueblo, it's so far out on the flat dusty plains that they have much more of a dust storm problem than Colorado Springs tends to, even out on the SE fringes where I'm at. I hear about dust storms down near Pueblo every time the wind gets going, and we have some really REALLY windy days sometimes. Also, unlike Pueblo (I think?) Security-Widefield and Fountain have some really nice mountain views if your house is situated properly you can get in on that.

As for altitude: Everything LadyDonna said. Not only will you need to acclimate to altitude, but also the drier climate. It will irritate your sinuses a little at first, and you will need to use LOTS of lotion and drink LOTS of water. I also grew up in VA (Manassas/Woodbridge/Dale City/Fredericksburg, and I still visit friends in Richmond all the time)...so I know of what I speak. VA is humid. CO is the complete opposite of that. Did you know we also don't have bugs like VA? Well, we don't. That's pretty nice. There are a few, but they don't tend to easily infest places like the fleas or whatever do sometimes in VA. DO NOT attempt to drive, hike, or ride the Cog Train up into the mountains until you're acclimated, that's another bit of advice I give people. It's a bit of a tourist draw, but if you get altitude sickness, you're gonna have a bad day. Depending on your health and such, it can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a few months to get fully acclimated. You'll know you're there when you can hop up a flight of stairs (a normal one, not the Manitou Incline) without having to sit down and wait for the fatigue, dizziness, and breathlessness to go away.

As for schools...much of that depends upon your personal priorities. Everyone says D20 is "the best" and when it comes to straight up test scores, their only competition (that I know of) is D12. Those are the generally wealthier and trendier north and west parts of town...BUT. D11, at least the good parts, I think of as being innovative and doing interesting things with arts and technology. D8 (Fountain) has a good reputation as well. And D3 (Security-Widefield, where my kids go to school) has high diversity and some of the best orchestra programs in the state. Music is a big deal to my family and my sons, so that was a big part of my choice.

The standard issue bottom line advice is to rent for a year or more when you get here. During that time, you can explore and think about what you're really after. Then you can either move into a different rental or buy a house, or stay where you're at...as it suits you.

Best of luck!!
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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Well done sonic.

I can confirm that the views of the mountain from Pueblo are not near as majestic due to how far away the mountains are. I've been down there a few times, and while I like some of the areas, the mountains just aren't as evident. I love mountains
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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What is the best way to adjust to the altitude if visiting from near sea level?
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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Drink lots of water, and take it easy. Don't plan anything too strenuous.

It's harder if you smoke, are out of shape, or have respiratory or certain other health problems (like certain heart conditions.)
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Many people also have headaches until they adjust to the altitude here. Also, the lack of humidity is an adjustment for some causing dry skin and sometimes even minor nose bleeds.
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I did not realize drinking water was important.
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Will be uprooting my family from Winchester, VA to the state of Colorado probably sometime this year. I have preferred Pueblo, due primarily to COL and location. I prefer the drier and warmer climate of Pueblo, and my desire is to live there, enjoying the very low property values and perhaps getting a better job, knowing that the job market in Pueblo is not the greatest from reading here, in Colorado Springs and commuting. My wife seems to be interested in cutting Pueblo out of the equation and simply living in Colorado Springs. So basically my question is, is which is the most viable way of operating, living in Pueblo and commuting to CS, or just cutting the middle man out and living and working in CS. I will be sole set income in this decision, and its just my wife and my two year old son. Any thoughts on this would be of great help to me.
I love Pueblo and hate Colorado Springs but if you are going to work in Colorado Springs you might as well live there if you can. I think it would be easier them commuting every day.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Stephens City, VA
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Headed out to New Mexico with my wife and son to visit my father in law in Tucumcari, NM this Saturday or Sunday. Its a two week vacation, so we will be checking out Pueblo and Co. Springs the second week. Looking forward to checking out our future home.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Headed out to New Mexico with my wife and son to visit my father in law in Tucumcari, NM this Saturday or Sunday. Its a two week vacation, so we will be checking out Pueblo and Co. Springs the second week. Looking forward to checking out our future home.
If you want any advise on things to see in Pueblo let me know!
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