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Old 02-05-2012, 10:45 AM
Location: Southern Indiana
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Hey guy's my wife and I are looking to move to colorado within the next year.
We have 5 kid's, We are looking for an area to raise a large family that is reasonably safe and is within a good school district. We will also need to be near an area with good employment opportunities. She is in the social work field and I am in production, manufacturing. Was just wondering if you could give us any info as for area's to look into schools and the job market how is it now and will it improve in a year how far away from denver is to far for a commute is Idaho springs,Georgetown too far out? We also like the Durango area along with Fort collins and Glenwood springs. Having 5 kid's we are on a limited budget. Any info or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:32 AM
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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You failed to mention exactly how limited your budget is, so it is difficult to provide any realistic advice. But, since you did use the word 'limited', Ft Collins is probably the most realistic location of the places you mentioned. Good Luck!
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:39 PM
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"Good employment opportunities" rules just about everything out except the metro areas of Colorado. Colorado's ongoing fiscal crisis makes your wife's chances of getting a job in the government sector in social services pretty poor. Most jurisdictions have hiring freezes. I see no improvement on the horizon in that situation, and I think that employment conditions in the public sector are actually going to continue to get worse for years to come. "Limited budget" also is problematic, as living costs in Colorado, while less than on the coasts, are no bargain given the sluggish state of the economy. Mountain areas like Glenwood Springs or Durango are essentially out of the question for you, what with their still high housing costs.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:06 PM
Location: N. Colorado
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Social work like in a county or the state? If so there has been a hiring freeze for the most part. For a while there, there were 5 furlough days as well and there have been no raises for 3 years. Which really hurts when the prices of everything is going up but your pay has not.
One man is retiring and they are not even going to fill that position, just do away with it and have the other managers take up the slack ( without a pay raise of course ) so they will save money.

Also in the State the cost of medical insurance is outrageous and not affordable. When he worked for the county it was not that bad but that was years ago so I had no idea what they are currently charging.

With 5 kids I would make sure you both had a job or a lot saved up before moving here. It could take you months to get a job.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:15 PM
Location: Southern Indiana
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Thanks for the info guys. Hope to be out there son.
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