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Old 06-08-2012, 05:58 PM
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I'm moving to Colorado from Oahu.. My family is made up of three, 2 adults (under 30) and a child who is still under 1 years old.
We are looking for a fresh start. I am currently in school for nursing, but will be doing majority of schooling online, so school is not an issue.
I've been to Colorado Springs before and from there did a lot of traveling within the State.

My first choice would be Colorado Springs, but I heard the Loveland, and some other areas were nice as well. I do know the CS is a "military" affiliation .. I don't have anything against military, I am friends with military personnel, and I'm thankful for everything that they are doing and fighting for .. But, due to some bad experiences with some military men, I'd prefer to stay outside of a military "area". (please don't judge on this .. it's just personal experience, I know that MAJORITY of them are awesome people).

Now there are a few things that we are taking into consideration:
- Rent, currently in HI we can't get anything for less than 1000.00 (now we're talking about a studio).
Preferrably we are looking for a nice home that we can rent until we are stable enough to stand on our own and buy a home.
We are looking for something with 1 or 2 bedrooms, that is fairly cheap under $2000.00 for rent.
- Scenery: my fiance has never seen snow, and I enjoyed the snow. I would love someplace that snows in the winter, and where you can enjoy the seasons throughout the year (since we don't have ANY of that in HI except the sun)
- Economy: We are looking for a place that is pretty stable, where employment is good, and where we are able to find some jobs as soon as or before we get there.

We are looking for something with diversity, yet somewhere where the schools are great, there isn't too much violence or property crimes. We are looking for something where we can just start fresh!
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:33 PM
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Denver / Boulder area. Lots of info in the forums and indexes.

Pick any decent neighborhood, rent a place for a year to learn the area, you'll need that time to make a sound choice later.

Rentals are tight and not cheap. Try padmapper.com to find some and if you end up with a craigslist ad please read and heed the warnings.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:03 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I would choose Loveland if you can find work,and great place for a fresh start. (nice neighbors, choice of small neighborhoods, less traffic.)

Rents are a bit less than Ft Collins,

CoS is considerably more crowded / busy and a tad more $$ CoL (for apartments and housing).
I di like the proximity to Mtns from CoS, BUT if I was starting fresh, I think you wiull have more benefits in Loveland.

Den is just too sprawling / crowded for me to recommend for someone coming w/ family from HI for a fresh start.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:00 PM
Location: Eastern Colorado
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Personally I would not recommend anywhere in Northern Colorado (including Loveland), while many areas are experiencing a shortage of nurses, I have talked to several in northern colorado that say the job market is pretty tough here. My wife is an LPN and makes significantly less then some of her friends that commute to Denver.

Also depending on the work your spouse is interested in, the job market is tough throughout northern Colorado, even with good educations.

One other issue that you will be facing is transportation, I do not know your exact situation, but I assume you will not be paying to ship your cars to Colorado. Loveland, greeley, and Fort Collins have very limited public transportation services. Although Fort collins is significantly better then the other 2.

Personally if I wanted to avoid Colorado Springs, and wanted to get into the medical field, I think I would start my searching in the Lafayette, Louisville, and even Longmont areas. All 2 have some bus transportation, they are all easily commutable to local hospitals, and they are close enough to Denver that both of you can find work when needed. Plus they all have decent schools.

as for the rent you are expecting, any of the 3 you can find places that cost significantly less then your expected amount and are in very good neighborhoods.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:01 PM
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Getting a job is no easy task these days, even in nursing. Katiana on this forum can give you a good idea about that. Colorado is now turning out csnsiderably more nursing grads each year than there are jobs available. I know a number of recent nursing grads (kids of people I know in my community) who have had to leave Colorado to find jobs.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:03 PM
Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Be sure you completely stop at all stop signs. A friend of mine got a ticket for a "rolling stop."
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:27 PM
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Be sure you completely stop at all stop signs. A friend of mine got a ticket for a "rolling stop."
As they should have.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:02 AM
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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Moving to Colorado, please any suggestions?

Make it a point to be financially preparerd. Minimally, bring a 3-6 month nest egg to cover your expenses OR have an etched-in-stone job offer. Financial stress is the most common culprit to kill a successful move to a new location. Best wishes!
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:45 AM
Location: Colorado
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Colorado Springs is far-right-wing politically,so if that is a consideration, fyi. Denver has some great neigborhoods such as Washington Park ('Wash Park').
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