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Old 06-10-2010, 05:11 PM
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Hello I was thinking about moving to Colorado from Oregon, but I am not familiar with Colorado and I wanted to get input on the different towns. I like Oregon for the greenery and the forests and was hoping to find something similar in Colorado. Currently I live in the suburbs and like living outside of the city. I like being close to a major city to partake in the shows and art but do not like living in the city due to the people and traffic.
I would prefer to be in more of an academic town due to the culture it usually influences. Any suggestions will be helpful. Thank you.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:34 PM
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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you will not find greenery and forests like in Oregon. Oregon gets a LOT more rain. Colorado has lovely forests, but with different kinds of trees, and it is nowhere as green as Oregon. Colorado is drier than Oregon and gets more sunshine.

If you prefer an academic town and don't like big city living, I suggest you check out Boulder or Ft. Collins. (see their separate forums).
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:55 AM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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You won't find greenery here, except in certain parts of the mountains. There are certain areas of Colorado that receive more rain, these include Rocky Mountain National Park, Holy Cross Wilderness, and the east side of the San Juan mountains between Pagosa Springs and South Fork. These are mountain areas that have more vegetation and forests. Apart from that, you'll be hard pressed to find the type of greenery you're looking for.

Now as far as living in a town that gives you access to culture, academics and city life, Boulder is the first that comes to mind.
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:30 AM
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Lots of Colorado is forested. It is not as lush as Oregon because we get a lot more snow and less rain than you do. It is, on average, colder here too. We have a definite four seasons, and winter can be long, particularly in the mountains. However, if you lived on the along the front range, from say Fr Collins to Pueblo, you would be at about 5000 feet altitude and within a short drive of wooded mountains and at the same time, not experience as much severe weather.
Best advice, if you can, come and visit for a few weeks and do a lot of driving. Do remember that almost all of Colorado is above 5000' altitude and a lot is quite a bit higher. If you've never lived at altitude before, test the waters, so to speak, before planting roots. It is not for everyone.
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