U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 10-21-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Colorado
163 posts, read 334,583 times
Reputation: 84

Advertisements

Hello;
What City/Town would be a better fit for what we are looking for?

We are a growing family of 5 who are looking to make a cross country move to the beautiful State of Colorado within the next 8mths. It looks as though I may have to make the jump before my family so that I may get everything setup for their arrival to ensure all goes as smooth as possible.

A bit on our dynamics are as follows: The Military is sending me back to school to re-educate myself in the medical field for next 2yrs, while attending school it's my plan to work as a Massage Therapist to help round things off a bit. It's our plan for my wife to not work atleast initally to help our kids in their adjustment and also make her available at a moments notice while kids are in school.

We are looking for:

* A small town with larger city options near by

* All the seasons & SNOW SNOW SNOW

* Max rent of $1200

* Good to Great School districts for kids

* Town/City with very friendly population where people seem to know one another

* Walkable/Bikeable area around neighborhoods downtows to and from work etc.

* Lastly a place that's big and good for family

Now I can understand if some respondents feel as though were looking for UTOPIA but were not expecting all our criteria to be met just would like to know the places that would closely hit most our desires.

Thank you all for your responses.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 10-21-2012, 08:43 PM
 
2,514 posts, read 3,484,923 times
Reputation: 5069
Where is the school at?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-21-2012, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Colorado
163 posts, read 334,583 times
Reputation: 84
Quote:
Originally Posted by mic111 View Post
Where is the school at?
I can go to any school as the program of study Im going into is tought at most JUCO's, so if I had a specific school of choice then we'd most likely be living next to or near it, however we feel we'd be best served by finding our ideal location
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-21-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
4,873 posts, read 9,612,498 times
Reputation: 4942
docryan, do you know how to use the search function on the forum? Your questions have been asked so many times that I doubt you'll get many responses.

You say your location is Colorado, but then you also say that you are going to make the jump before the family. How much do you already know about the state? I suggest that you find the school(s) first, then start looking at where to live. Colorado has only a few larger cities, and I would assume that your school would be in one of those. Don't know where you are moving from for comparison, but most larger cities in Colorado are surrounded by massive suburbs, not small towns like back east.

Your rent max of $1200 may be hard to find for a family of five in a good school district. The rental market is extremely competitive right now.

BTW, what's a JUCO?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-22-2012, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Colorado
163 posts, read 334,583 times
Reputation: 84
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreaming of Hawaii View Post
docryan, do you know how to use the search function on the forum? Your questions have been asked so many times that I doubt you'll get many responses.

You say your location is Colorado, but then you also say that you are going to make the jump before the family. How much do you already know about the state? I suggest that you find the school(s) first, then start looking at where to live. Colorado has only a few larger cities, and I would assume that your school would be in one of those. Don't know where you are moving from for comparison, but most larger cities in Colorado are surrounded by massive suburbs, not small towns like back east.

Your rent max of $1200 may be hard to find for a family of five in a good school district. The rental market is extremely competitive right now.

BTW, what's a JUCO?
WOOOHHH!! There just looking for helpful advice. I lived briefly in Broomfield for about 3wks bymyself until relative took ill and I had to come back East, when I looked to Co before it was not as a family man but a single man. I think I stated how my wife and I plan to approach things find a good place to live then find a nearby school.

1200 seems to be about the going rate rent out there so we felt it would be a good starting point for a 3BR.

OH JUCO is known as Junior College.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-22-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
86,871 posts, read 102,248,055 times
Reputation: 32940
OP: $1200 will get you a 2 BR townhouse in Westminster. My daughter has one there at that price. It's very nice but probably wouldn't work for your family. My other DD pays ~$1500 for a 2000sf house in Castle Rock. The price is lower b/c CR is farther from Denver.

I figured out what you meant about JUCO, but we call them CCs here (community college). The CCs in metro Denver are Front Range (north and northwestern counties), CCD (Community College of Denver), Red Rocks CC (western metro area), Arapahoe CC (south), Community College of Aurora (Aurora).

Colorado Community College System

*A small town with larger city options near by
Castle Rock, Golden, Louisville, Lafayette are a few that come to mind. Most are still suburbs of Denver.

* All the seasons & SNOW SNOW SNOW
Anywhere, more snow in the mtns but less of everything else and more $$$. Snow in metro Denver is erratic, may have a lot one year and little another.

* Max rent of $1200
Won't get you a large place. See above.

* Good to Great School districts for kids
Pretty much anywhere in metro Denver. I would recommend doing a search for 'schools'.

* Town/City with very friendly population where people seem to know one another
Louisville qualifies, as do many other places I can't speak to b/c I've never lived there.


* Walkable/Bikeable area around neighborhoods downtows to and from work etc.
Just about anywhere. Lots of bike trails.

* Lastly a place that's big and good for family
Big as in population? Castle Rock is probably the biggest of the "small" towns. Most places are pretty family-oriented.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-22-2012, 08:13 AM
 
8,317 posts, read 25,772,192 times
Reputation: 9132
Clearly, the OP does not understand Colorado demographics--though a zillion posts on this site detail that pretty clearly. Much of his "want list" is contradictory in Colorado. He says he wants a friendly, small community, but one that's "big" and good for a family. Huh? I've posted endlessly about Colorado's festering fiscal problems that are going to negatively affect primary, secondary, and higher education in this state for many years to come. A search on this site would have found all of that, too. Colorado, overall, is one of the most automobile-dependent states in the US. Apparently, he missed all of the posts over the years about that, as well. Does anyone have the capacity to do a little basic research, anymore?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-22-2012, 08:17 AM
 
106 posts, read 340,485 times
Reputation: 189
$1200 is still really low for most areas in CO. We just rented out our 3B house in one day with a rental price of $1750. And that was a low price, next time we'll probably ask 1850-1900, we just wanted it rented before the snow starts flying.

$1200 seems more the price of a 2B town home.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-22-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
86,871 posts, read 102,248,055 times
Reputation: 32940
Hey guys, can't we be a little nicer to this person asking for information? While I'm sure jazz wouldn't care if he (the OP) thinks all Coloradans are awful, but is this the impression the rest of us want to give?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 10-22-2012, 10:05 AM
 
3,793 posts, read 3,979,716 times
Reputation: 2561
You might want to look at Monument, Palmer Lake, spots in northern Colorado Springs.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:40 PM.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. | Please obey Forum Rules | Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top