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Old 01-03-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Stephens City, VA
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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.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:16 AM
 
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Any rent money saved by living in Pueblo will be consumed by commuting costs.

Colo Spgs is much larger with a correspondingly larger job market.

Look at padmapper.com for rentals in both areas. Renting is advised the first year until one learns the area and job issues get sorted out.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:31 PM
 
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Consider Fountain or Pueblo West perhaps, or Penrose or Canon City etc. But if you're going to be working in COS, I wouldn't recommend living in Pueblo - but Fountain, yes.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I don't think Pueblo is any drier than COS and it certainly can be warmer in the summer, but often it is colder in the winter. Just something to keep in mind.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Stephens City, VA
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Thank you for the quick replies. Looks like we are going to change speed and look for living arrangements up in Colorado Springs or the nearby area. Looking at Google Earth it looks like Colorado Springs seems like a bunch of separate little communities hooked together. Is that what its like, or is there a real sense of community there???? My wife has really fallen in love with it just by doing searches on the internet.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:48 PM
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Save your sanity and live where you work -whether it be Pueblo or Colorado Springs. I doubt you'd come ahead when you factor in commuting costs, and while Pueblo is indeed inexpensive, Colorado Springs has an average or slightly below average COL itself; it's not going to break the bank to live here.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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There are smaller areas of the town and each area has its own flavor with its own community feel. It definitely isn't like Virginia. Imagine if Richmond, Short Pump, and the other surrounding areas were one big city, that is what Colorado Springs is like. It is almost 200 square miles where Winchester is almost 10sq miles.

It is a great place to live. I grew up in CT, and lived near Petersburg, VA for three years (Fort Lee).
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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There are some communities, but most Colorado Springs is a giant suburb. Most community-like that I am familiar with:
Old Colorado City, Downtown, Old North End, Ivywilde.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:39 AM
 
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Originally Posted by Mike from back east View Post
Any rent money saved by living in Pueblo will be consumed by commuting costs.

Colo Spgs is much larger with a correspondingly larger job market.

Look at padmapper.com for rentals in both areas. Renting is advised the first year until one learns the area and job issues get sorted out.
QFT. Mike got to this first and nailed it.

If you are going to live in Pueblo and take advantage of the low cost of living, you need to be either working there or retired.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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cdove - Welcome to Colorado. Another NoVA expat (we moved here from Fredericksburg, but spent most of our 28 years in NoVA in the Alexandria area). You'll find a number of us on this forum. Commuting to and from COS/Pueblo is relative in comparison to what you may be used to. If you commuted to DC from Winchester, then the COS/Pueblo commute would be a breeze. However, if you lived and worked in Winchester, which is a small town in comparison to the COS area, then you'd find it more of an issue. Agree with Mike (also a NoVa expat) that COS is probably a better job market if for no other reason that it's much larger. When we came to COS while we were scouting for areas to settle, we also looked at Pueblo. While there were aspects of Pueblo that appealed to us, we felt the larger community in COS had more to offer, but that's a very personal decision with lots of different factors to consider. My suggestion would be to draw up a list of the things that are really important to you, including deal breakers, and then come out and visit the area, spending a few days looking at the communities as potential places to live (rather than doing touristy things) and seeing whether they hit your list of priorities. Whether you can afford to do this or not, and you come out without a "scouting" trip, most folks on the forum will suggest you rent for a year before buying. During that time you'll have time to really research that priority list and hopefully make an informed decision on what area is right for you. Best of luck.
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