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Old 04-24-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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I am a single, twenty five year old woman. I am wondering what areas would be best in Colorado for me.

I am looking for somewhere that is dog friendly (at least a dog park, I don't need to bring him into stores), affordable, near hiking, and has a good town area.

I am not into the very preppy scene or in turn the hipster.

Ideally I would like somewhere that I could rent a small house with a backyard which isn't on top of my neighbors.

Although, I love kids, I don't want a place that is all families and am the only single person for miles.

I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

I am also willing to consider places outside of Colorado.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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Where you can get a job that pays a living wage--not an easy thing to find in Colorado these days--especially anyplace outside of Colorado's metropolitan "blobs."
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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You probably need to start narrowing down your search. As jazzlover said, you'll have the best shot at finding a job along the Front Range -- the north-south corridor along I-25 that includes (starting in the south) Trinidad, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver/Boulder, and Fort Collins. There are lots of threads for those areas; searching them might be a good beginning for you. Each has its own pros and cons; strengths and weaknesses. Maybe start with Fort Collins...
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:17 PM
 
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Zie, a bunch of cities in the I-25 corridor would work for you.

Can you tell us more about your job requirements? That would help.

Most cities are dog friendly with dog parks, though there are restrictions on pit bulls in some cities.

In terms of affordability, tell us your rent budget and we'll tell you what fits.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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Where you can get a job that pays a living wage--not an easy thing to find in Colorado these days--especially anyplace outside of Colorado's metropolitan "blobs."
Yep, the employment opportunities for professionals out on the Front Range are way better than that blob you call the Western Slope.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:03 PM
 
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I am a single, twenty five year old woman. I am wondering what areas would be best in Colorado for me.

I am looking for somewhere that is dog friendly (at least a dog park, I don't need to bring him into stores), affordable, near hiking, and has a good town area.

I am not into the very preppy scene or in turn the hipster.

Ideally I would like somewhere that I could rent a small house with a backyard which isn't on top of my neighbors.

Although, I love kids, I don't want a place that is all families and am the only single person for miles.

I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

I am also willing to consider places outside of Colorado.
Denver or Fort Collins are probably your best bets. Boulder is nice but rentals can be expensive particularly if you want a fenced yard. What line of work are you in?
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. I really appreciate your help and insight.

I am currently a preschool teacher, but my degree is in sociology. I am looking for a fresh start including a career change, but will use teaching as a fall back. I am interested in exploring my options in baking, real estate, administrative, human resources, or...anything else.

Right now I live just outside Washington DC in Alexandria, VA and in order to make ends meet I add a lot of nannying to my plate, but would like to only have one job when I move out to Colorado.

What other cities would you compare Denver or Fort Collins too?

Thanks again for your replies.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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Do not make the assumption that you can use teaching as a "fall back" in Colorado. Most Colorado school districts are in serious long-term financial distress. As a result, many are making teacher layoffs, not adding new ones. The simple fact is that the job market in Colorado is extremely competitive--and is likely to remain that way for a very, very long time.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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I didn't mean fall back in that way. Just that if I can't find a job doing what I want, I think I will have the ability to babysitting or something like that until I decide what to do, but thank you for the heads up on the teaching thing.

Someone suggested Denver or Ft. Collins are they equally bad for teachers?
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:40 PM
 
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A couple little stories:

My friend just scored a miracle and got a job in Denver. She's moving from Colorado Springs up to the big city. She beat out almost 90 applicants for her job- as an art teacher. Now, there aren't many art teachers around, so imagine how many more people would put in for jobs for elementary schools, high schools, for less specific positions.

If you were to look for jobs five years ago (when I did) there were pages and pages of jobs available. 50+ jobs to pick from. Now many school districts, at least here in Colorado Springs, have barely any jobs posted at all.

I don't think Colorado Springs would be a good fit for you, though! I think Denver or Ft Collins would be a good fit.

I know teaching isn't your desired area, but I'd really suggest looking in other states for teaching jobs, as teacher salaries here in CO are low and educational funding overall is very low.
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