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Old 01-20-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Durham, North Carolina
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Smile Moving to Colorado - recommendations?

Hello! I am graduating from college in August and am hoping to move to Colorado with my fiancé. We are both in the IT/CS field - mostly web development/design, but I wouldn't mind working with databases or doing systems analysis. Thus, we would need an area that has jobs to offer in this field. And, given that I will be fresh out of college, someplace with a low cost of living is a necessity. We'll be renting first, but we plan to buy a home and start a family in just a few years, so a family-friendly environment is important as well. I don't know much about the housing market in CO, but where I'm from, you can get a pretty nice 4BR/2.5 bath home for $200-250k. Obviously, I don't expect this to be true everywhere else, but I don't want to end up paying $400,000 for a crappy house. My other main concern is safety - I don't want to live in a high-crime area.

Onto perhaps more extraneous factors.. we would like to live somewhere bike-friendly that also has many things to do. I am a foodie, so opportunities to purchase local food and having good restaurants would be a huge plus. A town not too far from a bigger city might be ideal. We're hoping to partake in more outdoorsy activities, so a place with an "active," healthy population would be great.

Based on all of this, are there any places you guys would recommend? I've been living in North Carolina for the past 15 years, and I am just ready for a change. I hate NC's hot, humid summers and I love snow (I've also lived in upstate NY, so I'm not just saying this). All the research I've done on CO seems to indicate that this state may be right up my alley. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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The Denver Tech Center, about 10-12 miles south of downtown Denver is full of tech jobs, but getting hired is always tough.

There are homes in your price range, but we recommend people rent a year to learn the area as there's a lot to offer here.

Job first, then rental, then take it from there.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:42 PM
 
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I lived in upstate (Rochester) and the snow there was a biatch. The snow in Colorado is definitely different. I actually like the snow here.... drier, powder. But it doesn't hang around in the Front Range, like it does in Upstate, if that's what you're expecting.


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and I love snow (I've also lived in upstate NY, so I'm not just saying this).
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Durham, North Carolina
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The Denver Tech Center, about 10-12 miles south of downtown Denver is full of tech jobs, but getting hired is always tough.

There are homes in your price range, but we recommend people rent a year to learn the area as there's a lot to offer here.

Job first, then rental, then take it from there.
In that case, would you recommend any specific suburbs of Denver? We are planning on driving out there in a couple of months to look around, so it would be good to have a place to start. Obviously, we'll find jobs first, but it'll still be nice to get a feel for the area. I would prefer not to live in a neighborhood that has houses very close together with little yard space. Views of the lovely CO landscape would be great as well. Thanks again for your input.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:18 AM
 
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Denver area is good but you might also check Ft. Collins and Boulder(or Erie, Broomfield which are usually cheaper than Boulder). I don't know about web development but there are a lot of tech jobs in Ft. Collins and Boulder and they are right by the mountains and have lots of recreational activities right there. Both towns are college towns but they are both nice areas and you don't have to live right by the college.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:44 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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In that case, would you recommend any specific suburbs of Denver? We are planning on driving out there in a couple of months to look around, so it would be good to have a place to start. Obviously, we'll find jobs first, but it'll still be nice to get a feel for the area. I would prefer not to live in a neighborhood that has houses very close together with little yard space. Views of the lovely CO landscape would be great as well. Thanks again for your input.
There will be nice suburbs nearby wherever you get the jobs. You might get jobs in two very different areas, meaning you will have to decide whether to live near one or inbetween. Most homes here have smallish yards.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Denver area is good but you might also check Ft. Collins and Boulder(or Erie, Broomfield which are usually cheaper than Boulder). I don't know about web development but there are a lot of tech jobs in Ft. Collins and Boulder and they are right by the mountains and have lots of recreational activities right there. Both towns are college towns but they are both nice areas and you don't have to live right by the college.
The biggest problem with Ft. Collins is that you're competing with a lot of other newly-minted college grads. Because it's such a great city, a lot of grads stick around and put down roots there.

I'm not saying it's impossible to find a job in the Fort, I just think the search would be less frustrating in the Denver-Boulder area.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Personally, I would first look in Co Springs (better quality of life, less traffic, better chance of getting a view, less competition for High Tech jobs (but, of course, fewer of them), closer access to Mtns. )... Denver would be down several choices on my priority list. YMMV
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Hello! I am graduating from college in August and am hoping to move to Colorado with my fiancé. We are both in the IT/CS field - mostly web development/design, but I wouldn't mind working with databases or doing systems analysis.
There's only one place in Colorado where you can find an active job market for IT, and that's the I-25 corridor.

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Onto perhaps more extraneous factors.. we would like to live somewhere bike-friendly that also has many things to do. I am a foodie, so opportunities to purchase local food and having good restaurants would be a huge plus. A town not too far from a bigger city might be ideal. We're hoping to partake in more outdoorsy activities, so a place with an "active," healthy population would be great.
Given your criteria, I'd recommend Littleton or even some of the western suburbs of Denver.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Arlington, Va
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Boulder is very beautiful I agree... but everyone surrounding it calls it "Liberal Land" come to think of it I did have much more fun in the Springs area, and it has the best of both worlds.
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