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Old 11-21-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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Any other thoughts?
We have lived in BOTH locations, and of the two…would chose the Boulder area hands down. That is just our personal preference however…as we feel it just has a lot more going on all across the spectrum. Not to take anything away from the Springs…both locations are great places to live!

To live in Boulder "proper" is much more expensive (as mentioned already)…but you can find some of the towns around it to be quite affordable living (on par with C-Springs) with the same access to all the things that make that area special. Towns such as Longmont for example…which is just 15 minutes outside of Boulder.

I agree and concur with all of what's been said thus far. Colorado as a state in general is VERY brown (and dry). You will miss the green, and seeing water. You do get a lot of sun, on par with what Southern California gets in terms of days per year!

One thing you might also consider in your decision is the altitude and the weather. As mentioned, it is very sunny…which is nice and uplifting, BUT you are on the hook for potential winter weather for about 9 of the 12 months. A lot of locals complain about that (especially in the spring when they get the most snow while other areas of the country are greening and warming up). Even if you enjoy the snow (as we do)...it can get old in time. If you travel out of state in the spring…you may also find the GREEN to be blinding (in comparison to what your eyes have become accustom to in Colorado).

The altitude should not be over looked either. Being a LOT closer to the sun, you'll invest more in sunscreen…or risk some quick and nasty sunburns. Some actually get altitude sickness and can't live up there. With less oxygen in the air, it is an adjustment for all at first (especially if you're coming from sea level).

As I'm sure you're aware…Boulder is unique (a little like San Fran in that regard). Some call it: "7 square miles surrounded by reality." It is it's own world, and one that could care less what the outside thinks of it. Some like to vilify it for that reason…but it is really rather harmless, and can be fun if you keep an open mind about it.

Best of luck with your decision. Feel free to e-mail me privately if you have any more specific questions about the area(s). I'd be happy to help any way I can!
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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As I'm sure you're aware…Boulder is unique (a little like San Fran in that regard). Some call it: "7 square miles surrounded by reality." It is it's own world, and one that could care less what the outside thinks of it. Some like to vilify it for that reason…but it is really rather harmless, and can be fun if you keep an open mind about it.
I'd compare it to Berkeley rather than San Francisco. I hear more people compare Boulder to Ann Arbor MI. The slogan is "25 square miles surrounded by reality". Ann Arbor apparently uses that slogan as well as "The People's Republic of ... Boulder/Ann Arbor".
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:35 PM
 
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I'd compare it to Berkeley rather than San Francisco. I hear more people compare Boulder to Ann Arbor MI. The slogan is "25 square miles surrounded by reality". Ann Arbor apparently uses that slogan as well as "The People's Republic of ... Boulder/Ann Arbor".
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well put!
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:47 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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Boulder=D (Uber)
Colorado Springs=R

Keep that in mind.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Boulder=D (Uber)
Colorado Springs=R

Keep that in mind.
I would go one step further.

Boulder is as far left as Colorado Springs is far right. You can see that in every day politics, growth plans, social issues etc.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:41 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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I would go one step further.

Boulder is as far left as Colorado Springs is far right. You can see that in every day politics, growth plans, social issues etc.
Perhaps, but COS does have a thriving liberal section, e.g., west side.

Boulder does not really have a conservative part of town that I'm aware of.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Perhaps, but COS does have a thriving liberal section, e.g., west side.

Boulder does not really have a conservative part of town that I'm aware of.
By west side do you mean Manitou Springs?
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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By west side do you mean Manitou Springs?
Well yea, but pretty much the entire area around OLD Colorado City is fairly liberal, if you ask my opinion. My dad lives over that way, and I cant go up Colorado Ave without seeing a million hippies.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Well yea, but pretty much the entire area around OLD Colorado City is fairly liberal, if you ask my opinion. My dad lives over that way, and I cant go up Colorado Ave without seeing a million hippies.
Yes I do agree they are more liberal. However, those are essentially suburbs of Colorado Springs. Boulder has suburbs in Boulder county that are considered conservative.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Perhaps, but COS does have a thriving liberal section, e.g., west side.

Boulder does not really have a conservative part of town that I'm aware of.
Boulder doesn't have a "conservative side of town", b/c it's not very big. It's about 1/4 the size of COS. There are plenty of conservatives in town, however. Not a majority, but a sizeable minority.
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