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Old 08-18-2016, 08:20 PM
 
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Hello,

My wife and I are considering a move to Colorado. The areas we are looking at are in the title. We have friends in Colorado springs that we are visiting in October. We are looking into Schools also and have it narrowed to a couple. In the monument/CS area for the most part but am open to woodland park also.

Our biggest unknown is the jobs market in this area, mainly because we just don't know anything other than internet searches.

I work in construction for a site contractor in an estimator/project manager position and my wife has a graphic design background. We're both mid 30s and make roughly 140k to 150k combined.

What's the job market like for our skills and what do these types of jobs pay like in Colorado?

Thank you!

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Old 08-18-2016, 09:01 PM
 
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One could go on for pages about the relative merits of these communities, but the location of your jobs likely will trump all issues, with the possible exception of schools. Use your October visit to scout the job market and you may find your options to be more easily focused. I cannot help you with job availability or salary; I simply do not have the information.

It is axiomatic that the jobs you seek will likely be in Colorado Springs. Certainly it is possible that someone in Woodland Park needs an estimator, but the odds are far, far greater in the Springs.

In the meantime, use the search function to review the dozens upon dozens of posts on these communities. And good luck to you!
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:10 AM
 
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We also like the snow. So, we prefer areas that get more snow.
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:30 AM
 
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I personally have my doubts that you would be able to find positions that result in the same pay, but I also do not know about the cost of living and salary comparisons from where you are coming from. If you want more snow but need to be available for jobs in town, many people look to the Black Forest area, generally speaking.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:13 AM
 
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I personally have my doubts that you would be able to find positions that result in the same pay, but I also do not know about the cost of living and salary comparisons from where you are coming from. If you want more snow but need to be available for jobs in town, many people look to the Black Forest area, generally speaking.
What kind of annual snowfall does black forest get? Does black forest get more snow than Monument?

Cost of living seems cheaper than our current location. Gas /fuel is cheaper for sure, taxes are less exc.

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Old 08-19-2016, 07:14 AM
 
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Another general question is about emissions testing. I currently have a diesel truck that has no emissions equipment on it. Does Colorado do emissions testing on diesel pickup trucks and is their any chance I'd pass the test with my emissions equipment removed, base on the type of test that's done.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:45 AM
 
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One could go on for pages about the relative merits of these communities, but the location of your jobs likely will trump all issues, with the possible exception of schools. Use your October visit to scout the job market and you may find your options to be more easily focused. I cannot help you with job availability or salary; I simply do not have the information.

It is axiomatic that the jobs you seek will likely be in Colorado Springs. Certainly it is possible that someone in Woodland Park needs an estimator, but the odds are far, far greater in the Springs.

In the meantime, use the search function to review the dozens upon dozens of posts on these communities. And good luck to you!
Woodland Park, is just "up the hill," from Colorado Springs. We went to Cripple Creek yesterday, and I was thinking how Woodland Park has grown. The town has it's own hospital now and the growth has not seemed to take away it's many charms. Beautiful place, great location. I think there are some 5 acre plots nearby. Really nice homes. I would move there, in a heartbeat!!!!
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:58 AM
 
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I live on the far north end of Black Forest, up on the Palmer Divide, which is the same ridge that Monument is on. We get probably more snow up here than Black Forest proper, as the elevation is higher. I think the more north you are in Black Forest, generally you will get more snow. It is probably similar snow-wise to Monument here, and perhaps even a little more here.

El Paso County does not require emissions testing anymore, but some of the neighboring counties do. I don't know if your vehicle for some reason would be an exception though, or if there is something weird about newly registered vehicles needing testing? You can call the DMV here and ask them about emissions testing Home

One advantage to Monument and northern Black Forest, is that it places you closer to Denver, and commuting to Denver (at least the south end) is not impossible and many people do it, so you do have alternate job opportunities there if you are willing to make that commute.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:43 AM
 
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I live on the far north end of Black Forest, up on the Palmer Divide, which is the same ridge that Monument is on. We get probably more snow up here than Black Forest proper, as the elevation is higher. I think the more north you are in Black Forest, generally you will get more snow. It is probably similar snow-wise to Monument here, and perhaps even a little more here.

El Paso County does not require emissions testing anymore, but some of the neighboring counties do. I don't know if your vehicle for some reason would be an exception though, or if there is something weird about newly registered vehicles needing testing? You can call the DMV here and ask them about emissions testing Home

One advantage to Monument and northern Black Forest, is that it places you closer to Denver, and commuting to Denver (at least the south end) is not impossible and many people do it, so you do have alternate job opportunities there if you are willing to make that commute.

I think we would be OK with the commute if we needed to do it.

That's the biggest concern. Jobs that pay well. We're both skilled and have good paying jobs now so we're trying to evaluate the market there. It appears that cost of living is cheaper there than here but that could be wronf also I guess.

Nice to know about emissions testing. That's cool that their is no emissions testing in el paso anymore. When did that change??
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Nice to know about emissions testing. That's cool that their is no emissions testing in el paso anymore. When did that change??
They stopped it in 2007. I dug a little deeper on the DMV site and found this though - sounds like diesel vehicles may not be exempt...
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/diesel-vehicles
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