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Old 02-01-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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Hello All! My boyfriend and I are currently living in Upstate New York and have just had enough of it and are ready for a change. We have a few states in mind that we might be interested in living in, Colorado being one of them! We live in the country here in NY where it's about a 15 min drive to a main town and a 30-45 min drive to a major city which we like and would like to find a similar area in CO. NY winters have been brutal here (with the exception of this year) so we'd like to find an area with a more mild climate (the less snow the better!) We both enjoy outdoor activities, going to the movies, out to eat, etc. I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician and my boyfriend works at Napa Auto Parts. If anyone could lend us some advice as far as what the some areas are like, job opportunities, housing (we'd like to rent for a while first to make sure we like it then buy a house.) Any information would be great! Thank you!
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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Denver metro area.
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Or anywhere from Boulder down to Colorado Springs.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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Western Colorado is Very dry pretty much the desert.
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Nederland, CO
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You may want to look in the Durango area. Very dog friendly thereabouts (perhaps good for your profession) and SW corner of the state - so more mild in comparison. Be prepared for the drilling / fracking though. Just about everywhere south of the Ute Reservation line is going to have quite a bit of that. East of Durango is Bayfield which also has quite a bit of drilling. Locals will tell you they dont mind it because the gas companies help keep the property taxes abnormally low.

If you wanted to get out of town, Hesperus / Mancos might be good bets, but jump on zillow and browse around. My suggestion would be to read up a bit on the drilling situation though, after we started looking it had come as a bit of a shock. You can also go north of the main downtown and still be in some really pretty area 10 / 20 minutes out and drilling free.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:13 AM
 
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I keep reading these inane posts (mostly by people who little about it and likely don't live there or haven't worked there) about Durango being such a wonderful place for a young person like the OP, who, by his/her very post, indicates that they need employment with a living wage. Durango is NOT that place. Jobs are very limited, often pay poorly, and living costs--especially for housing--are high. Good luck for them being able to EVER buy a house in Durango on their income, with a typical "tract" house in Durango being still in the $300K+ range. Durango might be fine for a single person willing to take an oath of poverty to be a ski bum for a year, or for an affluent retired person or trust-funder, but for most anyone else it might be a great place to visit, but it'll be a lousy place to live.

Oh, and though it sure ain't true this particular winter, Durango gets 65" of snow in a normal winter--hardly what the OP seems to desire. Also, there is a surplus of veterinarians and their associated help all over rural Colorado. There are also more veterinarians per capita in Colorado than most any other state, and a lot of them are hurting for business. Been that way for years.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Nederland, CO
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Thanks Jazz - always nice to see you add something positive to a conversation on here about Colorado.

I certainly wasn't suggesting a blind move and search for work, but during the house search we are personally undertaking, Durango was a nice area - minus the drilling. It was also one of the more dog friendly locales I have ever visited which appeared to translate into a greater proportion of services for the same. A vet tech like the OP isn't likely going to establish a veterinary practice, but rather would be looking for potential postions at an existing service - thus the comment. Its at a relatively lower elevation for a mountain town ~6500 and seems more mild of climate then some of the other options. The past week where we are currently staying has seen 43" of snowfall - so perhaps a 65" average for the winter is a bit on the mild side in perspective.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Arlington, Va
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Denver metro area.
lol! certainly anyone from Maryland or N.Y. will be sent to Denver metro

the Springs area has to be protected! we can't let the libs and people who do not want to work overrun the place...
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:56 AM
 
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lol! certainly anyone from Maryland or N.Y. will be sent to Denver metro

the Springs area has to be protected! we can't let the libs and people who do not want to work overrun the place...
We've already overrun the place!
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