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Old 02-09-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Ok, need to leave Chicago. Been here 10 years and if Im going to deal with snow- might as well go somewhere pretty.

Thing is Im not sure where. Just came back from a recent trip to Scottsdale. I liked the VIBE...I LOVE the healthy lifestyle, outdoors mountains etc

Im just wondering if there are any suggestions for a Chicagoan a single 27 yr old female, I dont need a huge, populated city.

Instead, I am looking for a smaller, urban city
mountains, affordability, great job market and healthy lifestyle. Mild climate, I get it, it snows- but here Im swearing at God through the ice wind. None of that.

Im big into hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and camping, not much skiing

I do like nightlife and great restaurants.

Affordability is key

Rent somewhere 400-700/ month
could be a room or studio - I could add a few hundred on there, but dont really want to if its not needed

I rather have a great outdoor environment, then some over priced apartment

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I have also toyed with northern New Mexico...suggestions on that would be great.

Thank you...
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Pueblo West, Colorado
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Colorado Springs sounds like a nice fit for you, medium size about 600,000 people, really close to the mountains especially Pikes Peak. Lots of outdoor activities, bike trails, etc. Has standard amenities and decent nightlife but also about an hour south of Denver for the airport, Elitches, Water World, better nightlife and so on and about an hour north of the Arkansas River which has great kayaking/canoeing. You could probably find a nice apartment for your price range too. Not too sure about the job market though.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thank you!! What about the climate itself? No bitter -35 windchill? I can take snow- just not the nasty nasty nasty ice bone breaking wind!!! ha
thanks for your help!
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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Thank you!! What about the climate itself? No bitter -35 windchill? I can take snow- just not the nasty nasty nasty ice bone breaking wind!!! ha
thanks for your help!
We had a few wind chills like that in COLO SPGS this past week, but it's very rare. This is my 6th winter here, and this one has had the coldest air, courtesy of arctic outburts, but by Saturday it'll be in the FIFTIES and you'd be jogging in shorts....
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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We had a few wind chills like that in COLO SPGS this past week, but it's very rare. This is my 6th winter here, and this one has had the coldest air, courtesy of arctic outburts, but by Saturday it'll be in the FIFTIES and you'd be jogging in shorts....
Thank you! Sounds great
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:36 AM
 
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We moved from Chicago to Colorado in the mid 90s.....the whole air thing is different in CO, add 10 degrees "in feel" to what you're use to in IL - if it was 40 back there, out here it "feels like" 50....drier air-no humidity; no wind chill like the bitter Chicago air...we learned fast that we were overdressed when we encountered our first CO winter, and ended up shoveling in T shirts sometimes.....The drier air means you'll lose your "naturally" curly hair, if that applies, the frizz caused by humidity doesn't exist in CO; become a moisturizing lotions addict; have bloody noses occasionally.....once you've gotten accustomed to the altitude, you'll be fine.....

The only thing I miss about Chicago is the food....and everything in CO is so much better than the dreary days back in IL, so we don't regret the move....The culture is alot different all around, so expect some funny "that makes no sense at all" moments out here compared to back in Chicago
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Great input, t shirts while shoveling??? Well I'll be!!!
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