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im looking to move within the next couple years. i have looked up many cities in colorado and i have also looked up where i want to live.
but i need help decideing.. so I am going to give you everything i like and what i found so far... and please if you can help out with comments, links, knowledge about situation...
WEST colorado for sure, i dont want to live in any desert. but i am looking for a more rural area.
small town life is kinda what i am looking for for my family and I.
i want to see mountains and be fairly close... but i dont want the EXTREME conditions that you get when you live smack in the middle of those mountains.
I am going to be an RN so i need to be able to work at a hospital relitivly close... i dont mind a moderate drive everyday
looked into these towns so far... Yuma, Aspen, Denver (good for job.. not for living), loveland, fort collins, broomfield. ... grand junction, grand mesa,
We definatly want land... heard Redlands was beautiful but EXPENSIVE!?
Need a school to be realitvily close i have a little one...
i want a scenic place to live thats in a rural area ( for the most part) thats got moderate temps. nothing too far east, barren. I don't really know the difference between these "valleys" and "front ranges".. can someone explain....
and lastly i saw a place in a picture that was BEAUTIFUL!! but iwant to know if its a goo dplace to live .. called Maroon Creek Area around the Maroon Bells ( but not too far into them)
"I don't want to live in any desert." If you are absolute about this you'd need to eliminate at least the most western part of the state including Grand Junction and Redlands and maybe more areas. If you would accept being in the desert but in a developed area with planted trees and perhaps lawn then you might keep those places and others on the list.
Small town is a term that means different things to different people. Redlands is the smallest place you mentioned with a population of about 10,000 but it is close to Grand Junction and the county has close to 150,000. That might be considered part small town living (it is mostly subdivisions though) but it is also part bigger city living because of the surrounding development. You might look at Fruita and Loma a bit further to the west as well. Probably more opportunities for larger lots or "land" on the outskirts of these towns. But they are in the desert.
The rest of the places you mentioned are over or well over 50,000. For "small town" life do you prefer to look at places over 50,000, say 50,000 to 100,000 or down nearer to 25,000 or nearer 10,000? If you can make that choice it will help narrow your search and / or get more recommendations.
Yuma is in the southwest corner of Arizona. Aspen itself is very expensive and probably very competitive in hiring. The Maroon Bells are a bit south of Aspen and are a very scenic place to visit. There are only a few very very expensive ranches right nearby and only the hardiest winter sportspersons will be up there in the winter. If you really wanted to pursue something near Aspen you might look to live in Glenwood Springs or New Castle and work in Glenwood Springs or in the valley up towards Aspen. But even Glenwood Springs and New Castle are in the transition area between desert and mountains. Less snow in Glenwood Springs and New Castle themselves but if work was in Aspen (or Eagle / Vail) you'd have to drive in and out of heavier snow. Montrose is another possibility near the mountains but with a milder winter. Still high desert.
The "Front Range" is the term for the first big mountains you hit coming into Colorado from the east and also the cities along the eastern front of them. Some of the regions between mountain ranges are frequently referred to as a named valley, sometimes after the river the flows thru the bottom of it, sometimes it has another historical name. Sometimes high elevation and relatively flat areas between mountain ranges are called "parks".
If you want land measured in acres along the front range it will be much more expensive close to the cities or in the mountains. Generally the farther south of Denver the land will become less expensive. You might want to look at Castle Rock and Canon City. North of Denver it will be similar but probably more expensive in general than to the south.
There are plenty of threads with lots of information about the various front range cities in this forum and the sub-forums. From the biggest ones to smaller ones. Reading thru them can answer a lot; but if you have more specific questions that you can't find an answer for, try your luck and ask those.
You might want to do some more research about the geography of Colorado so that you can make some informed decisions about your desire to move here.
1. Most of Colorado is dry. It is not desert-dry, but short grassland prairie dry. The only areas that would not be considered semi-arid would be the mountains. Most of the precipitation that the mountains get is snowfall in the winter. To illustrate my point, here in Denver, we have not seen any significant precipitation in 6 - 8 weeks.
Also, there are no "moderate" temperatures in Colorado. As an area that is far inland, Colorado sees extreme temperatures between seasons. Temperatures in the winter, regardless of where you are, will very often see daily lows in the 0 - 20 degree range, with highs in the 30 - 50 degree range. These are averages. Sometimes the daily lows (and even the daily highs) will be below 0 degrees, and the highs might make it into the high 50s. In the summer, the highs will be in 85 - 100 degree range with lows in the 60 - 70 degree range.
2. If you want to be near the mountains but not in them, you will need to eliminate Aspen and Maroon Creek. They are smack dab in the middle of the mountains.
3. Yuma, contrary to what the previous poster said, is a small town on the eastern plains. It is closer to Kansas and Nebraska then it is to the mountains.
4. The idea of living on a farm or a ranch is a romantic notion that many people from the east have when thinking about moving to Colorado. However, Colorado is nothing like the east. There are few streams and lakes. Any land that has water, views and close proximity to a city and hospital is going to be very pricey, no matter where in Colorado you are.
5. Here are some areas you might try: Canon City, Colorado Springs, Evergreen, Ft. Collins - Wellington, Boulder County, Larkspur, and Berthod. None of the areas will fit exactly what you want. I would suggest finding a job first and then searching for an area that might fit some of your needs nearby.
If the original poster meant the small town very near the Nebraska border I'll stand corrected. Since all the other places she named were bigger or much bigger and she said she had no interest in "barren" eastern Colorado towns I assumed, perhaps incorrectly, she might have meant the much bigger, more well known, more likely to have nursing jobs Yuma, Arizona despite it being in Arizona... sitting next to the US end of the Colorado river. If she meant Yuma Colorado, which as far as I can tell from a quick web search has 1 small hospital that had a total of 2 nurses in a hospital survey in 2002 and 1 nursing home where the head nurse is the only nurse listed on staff, then I made the wrong assumption.
Also, pay might be somewhat lower in most places in Colorado than someplace like KCMO or Dallas or even Columbus. And it will be certainly lower in the desirable places in the mountains.
One thing the other posters haven't mentioned is that places near Trinidad or in the San Luis Valley have landscapes that are pretty much scrub brush and are brown most of the year. While these places don't get appreciable snow during the winter, it can be bitterly cold especially in the SLV. Canon City is warmer because it sits in some anomaly as compared to other places. If you don't have allergies now, expect to develop them once you move out there. If you have them, they will get progressively worse. That's been the case of a lot of people I know that have moved to Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico.
The good news is there is a school district offering a $32,000 RN position in I think Romeo, Co. That is about enough money to live there. The bad news is unless you're familair with Southern Colorado or Northern New Mexico local hispanic cultures, it could be a culture shock. My vote would be for CC.
You really need to study some geography. As has been noted by others, it's apparent that you really don't know what Colorado is like--even in basic terms.
Katiana, who is in the medical field can certainly tell you more, but most of the medical jobs, including RN's, are in the Front Range metropolitan areas--they are large urban/suburban cities. There are nursing jobs in smaller communities, but pay is less than for RN's in many other places across the country. Anything with "mountains" or "resort" associated with it is probably not going to be very livable on a nurse's salary. You mention "gorgeous" Maroon Creek near Aspen. Aspen is the extreme example of unafforablilty. There, the MEDIAN house price is well into SEVEN FIGURES. A vacant 100'x150' lot in town will sell for $750,000 to a million-plus--get my point? In many resort towns, a STARTER house is still $300,000-$500,000.
"Real" Colorado, like it or not, seldom conforms to uninformed outsiders vision of it.
I have a friend whose wife was a new RN and got a job in Woodland Park. The hospital is smaller, and she enjoyed working there until they moved back to MI last year. Woodland Park is a beautiful small mountain town 20 minutes west of Colorado Springs and might be worth considering.
It sounds like with your lack of experience and familiarity with even Colorado basics of geography, climate, culture and so on, that before you take one step further you need to visit first and learn about all this.
I think only when you have that knowledge can you go further in your quest for informed knowledge. For the most part Western Colorado, where the medical jobs exist, have high costs of living. One relative I have commutes 2 hours one way for a nursing job.
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