U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Colorado Springs
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 01-22-2014, 12:20 AM
 
27 posts, read 36,003 times
Reputation: 15

Advertisements

I'm 24 with some money saved up, I've been interested in moving to Colorado for a while now. I know it's hard to find a job but I'd like to move to a place with decent job opportunities. My only real work experience is data entry at a medical office and some retail/ sales experience. I have about $9000 saved up and I'd still have some income, I receive $1100 a month from an annuity. I'm hoping to keep rent under 700. I'd like to live within an hour of Denver so I could go to some sports games. I've been looking at Colorado springs, the prices seem decent, I also like that it seems less crowded then Denver, I've lived in Seattle and got tired of how crowded the city is.

I'd like to get some people's opinion on living in Colorado springs as a younger person as it does sound like it's a better place for families.
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-22-2014, 09:48 AM
 
20,301 posts, read 37,784,136 times
Reputation: 18081
1. Padmapper.com or ppar.com for rentals, your budget is tight, even for this town.

2. With 35,000+ soldiers at Fort Carson, there's a lot of competition here for dates. Way better chances in Denver.

3. We only have minor league or college sports here; Denver has 5 pro sports.
- Skysox, our AAA baseball team.
- USAF Academy, has Football, basketball, ice hockey, baseball,
- Colorado College, has basketball and ice hockey

4. Probably best to stick with Denver.
__________________
- Please follow our TOS.
- Any Questions about City-Data? See the FAQ list.
- Want some detailed instructions on using the site? See The Guide for plain english explanation.
- Realtors are welcome here but do see our Realtor Advice to avoid infractions.
- Thank you and enjoy City-Data.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-23-2014, 08:43 AM
 
3,493 posts, read 4,701,296 times
Reputation: 5358
I don't see the OP stating male or female, so the dating situation might be better in either city. In general, the sheer volume of people are excellent for meeting a significant other that shares your interests and dreams. The more people you can be exposed to, the higher the likelihood of finding one that fits with you.

Denver, to me, feels less crowded than Seattle. Colorado Springs is vastly less crowded.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-23-2014, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado
9,734 posts, read 6,265,376 times
Reputation: 17549
Hey, I totally moved from WA to CO. One thing that will bug you is the extreme dryness and the way everything is brown in the winter. I remember how green it always was up there and I miss it. BUT! You know that feeling when it's been grey for about FOREVER and the sun finally comes out and you feel as though a miracle is happening? Yeah, it does that pretty much all the time here. The sun and blue skies will blow your mind a little.

Good on you for having data entry skills in the medical field! My advice to you is to pinpoint organizations here where you can STICK with your field. Sell yourself as looking for progression in your chosen line of work. Specialists get further and wind up earning more. I made the break from retail & foodservice at age 21 by teaching myself to 10-key and taking temp jobs, which led to a long term thing at a bank, which led me later to office work in energy management, and now I can sell myself as an expert in energy management and I make good money. If you have basic office skills and a decent business casual wardrobe, you can always move wherever, and take temp jobs until something permanent happens for ya. Don't lump yourself in with the hordes of "I need a job" people. Don't think of yourself that way. You are "moving forward," "taking the next step." Also instead of only using job search websites, go to the sites of any and all medical offices that might need your skills and look for job postings ON THEIR WEBSITES specifically. Don't expect to get any response until you have a local address though.

While I applaud you for looking for something inexpensive and not over the top as far as housing, Mike is right. That is a pretty low figure for rent...but it's not impossible. You can either find something that's not all that great for that money and establish yourself then move up once your lease is over, or you can look in craigslist or similar listings for people who are renting a room in their house. As a single young person, you're roommate material. Look into that, at least as a short term solution at first. I personally think that CoS would be just as good as Denver, because you can easily go up there for recreation whenever. I think you'd be alright either way if you plan things right.

Best of luck!!!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-23-2014, 06:59 PM
 
27 posts, read 36,003 times
Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sonic_Spork View Post
Hey, I totally moved from WA to CO. One thing that will bug you is the extreme dryness and the way everything is brown in the winter. I remember how green it always was up there and I miss it. BUT! You know that feeling when it's been grey for about FOREVER and the sun finally comes out and you feel as though a miracle is happening? Yeah, it does that pretty much all the time here. The sun and blue skies will blow your mind a little.

Good on you for having data entry skills in the medical field! My advice to you is to pinpoint organizations here where you can STICK with your field. Sell yourself as looking for progression in your chosen line of work. Specialists get further and wind up earning more. I made the break from retail & foodservice at age 21 by teaching myself to 10-key and taking temp jobs, which led to a long term thing at a bank, which led me later to office work in energy management, and now I can sell myself as an expert in energy management and I make good money. If you have basic office skills and a decent business casual wardrobe, you can always move wherever, and take temp jobs until something permanent happens for ya. Don't lump yourself in with the hordes of "I need a job" people. Don't think of yourself that way. You are "moving forward," "taking the next step." Also instead of only using job search websites, go to the sites of any and all medical offices that might need your skills and look for job postings ON THEIR WEBSITES specifically. Don't expect to get any response until you have a local address though.

While I applaud you for looking for something inexpensive and not over the top as far as housing, Mike is right. That is a pretty low figure for rent...but it's not impossible. You can either find something that's not all that great for that money and establish yourself then move up once your lease is over, or you can look in craigslist or similar listings for people who are renting a room in their house. As a single young person, you're roommate material. Look into that, at least as a short term solution at first. I personally think that CoS would be just as good as Denver, because you can easily go up there for recreation whenever. I think you'd be alright either way if you plan things right.

Best of luck!!!
Thanks for the reply. One of the reasons I want to move is because of the weather in Colorado. I've lived in Washington my entire life and it just rains here too much.

I'm going to try to contact some temp agencies before I move down to Colorado. I know it will be hard to have a job or even a interview lined up before I get there. I'm sure I'll have to take some temp jobs at first then hopefully find a permanent job.

I've been looking on craigslist and I realize I will probably have to spend more on rent or try to find a roommate. I wanted to keep it lower just in case it takes me a little while to find a job.

How old were you when you moved from Washington? Did you take some temp jobs in Colorado after you moved?
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-23-2014, 07:04 PM
 
27 posts, read 36,003 times
Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by lurtsman View Post
I don't see the OP stating male or female, so the dating situation might be better in either city. In general, the sheer volume of people are excellent for meeting a significant other that shares your interests and dreams. The more people you can be exposed to, the higher the likelihood of finding one that fits with you.

Denver, to me, feels less crowded than Seattle. Colorado Springs is vastly less crowded.

Thanks for your reply, and I am a male. Dating isn't the most important thing, at least not right away. I'm wondering about job opportunities in Colorado Springs, I've heard Denver has a decent amount of jobs. I really like that Colorado Springs is less crowded which is why I'm interested in moving there. I've also been checking out other places a little closer to Denver, like Littleton.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-23-2014, 08:05 PM
 
5,003 posts, read 6,678,903 times
Reputation: 4517
Littleton is Denver, imho - it is one big metropolis up there. There are jobs to be had in Colorado Springs - it is just a matter of timing, finding the right fit, etc. It would be good if you could come check places out before committing.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-27-2014, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Colorado
9,734 posts, read 6,265,376 times
Reputation: 17549
Quote:
Originally Posted by nikedunks13 View Post
Thanks for the reply. One of the reasons I want to move is because of the weather in Colorado. I've lived in Washington my entire life and it just rains here too much.

I'm going to try to contact some temp agencies before I move down to Colorado. I know it will be hard to have a job or even a interview lined up before I get there. I'm sure I'll have to take some temp jobs at first then hopefully find a permanent job.

I've been looking on craigslist and I realize I will probably have to spend more on rent or try to find a roommate. I wanted to keep it lower just in case it takes me a little while to find a job.

How old were you when you moved from Washington? Did you take some temp jobs in Colorado after you moved?
No, because by that time I'd already stepped into "my field" of energy management. So I found the one company here that seemed to do what I do, and based on my budget I knew that I had a certain number of months to secure the job I wanted, and if not by then I would have done temp work. I worked as a temp for pretty much all of 2008 when we moved up to Washington from Iowa. (I've lived a bunch of places.) But within my timeframe the perfect opportunity was there and I sold myself well on it. Now I'm actually looking at moving up again, and possibly doubling my pay (*fingers crossed!*)

My situation was somewhat different. I am/was married with kids. Husband joined the Army in 2007 from Iowa, we were stationed at Lewis and moved up to WA (near Olympia) and lived there until late 2011 before being stationed here and moving here to Colorado Springs. Every time I had to pretty much start over, and since we never lived on post and I never wanted anything to do with whatever Army "resources" were available I was pretty much on my own like anyone else. But I find that doing office work as a temp is a great way to establish yourself in a new place, get out and work and become familiar with the area and companies in it. Keep your resume actively circulating and keep applying for work as you do...and you'll get what you're looking for. I was 28 when I started over in Washington, 32 when we came here to CO and I'm 35 now.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado > Colorado Springs
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top