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Old 09-22-2011, 04:36 PM
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My husband and I(in our 50's) are looking for an affordable liberal
community to move to. We currently live in Prescott, Az which is very
conservative. Is Mancos the place for us??? Thanks for your help. Mary
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:49 PM
Location: Durango, CO
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Don't live there, so I could be wrong, but I don't think Mancos is particularly liberal. It seems to be a more conservative ranching community in my limited experience.
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:00 PM
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Mancos itself has about 1200 people. It is a lot cheaper real estate than Durango or close by. It is a pretty rustic, casual area. Not a lot of new homes or really fancy homes or big subdivisions. So it is quite different than closer to Durango or to most of the Prescott area. It seems like a live and let live area. It is probably more conservative than liberal but there are some hippy, liberal and libertarian folk who live there for the lower housing cost and greater space to do their thing. There are a few small businesses that would probably get the liberal or progressive label based on their image / marketing. Crime flares up sometimes, maybe higher than average for a place that size.

You might also look at Bayfield. Almost twice the size as Mancos, a bit closer and more connected to Durango. Reportedly a lot safer on violent crime than Mancos. Average housing prices about halfway between Durango and Mancos. Somewhat younger than Mancos.

Ignacio is another even more affordable possibility if you want or don't mind greater cultural diversity. Only half the size on Mancos.

The Florida Mesa area SE of Durango is a fairly popular choice by retirees and near-retirees.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:10 PM
Location: mancos
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Mancos is a very live and let live town very peacefull and laid back with a vibrant art district and great local businesses. no crime to speak of . plenty of fun things go on all summer here as well as in nearby Cortez. love it here and would never move.I am a refugee from La Plata county having lived in dgo bayfield and 25 years in ignacio. just couldn't afford it anymore. been here 17 years and love it.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:15 PM
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Default I think you'd like Mancos

Mancos is a mix of the conservative farmers and a lot of young liberals who have moved there, including a bevy of lesbian couples. A fair # of folks commute to jobs in much higher-priced Durango, although the road can be treacherous in winter. Mancos is around 7000 feet, and gets serious winter weather.

I think you'd like it. And if not, you've got Cortez, Dolores, Durango, all within spitting distance. Durango is uber-liberal but $$$.
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