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Old 12-12-2012, 07:08 AM
 
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Wife and three school aged kids looking into a possible move to CO. We almost moved to AZ but thought the desert life would get old (heat) and the school systems were not great.

We are from NW PA and want out of the rust belt and long drawn out horrid winters. No sun here. Wife is an experienced cardiac nurse.

Would like to cut down on my research time and find a great place to raise our kids? Low crime and good schools. I am aware every area has its negatives but what is the vote for the best place?

Wouldn't hurt to be commutable to a good hospital for wifes work.

Thanks
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Default My Vote for Broomfield

ake a look at my hometown of Broomfield. Good schools if you stay in the Boulder County (west) side of town. Easy commute to Avista or Good Samaritan hospitals. Good commute to St Anthony's North or North Suburban or Children's North Campus.

City and County of Broomfield
Avista Adventist Hospital - Centura Health Louisville
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center || 303.689.4000
St. Anthony North Hospital - Centura Health Westminster, Colorado
Hospital & ER Serving North Metro Denver, Thornton, Northglen - North Suburban Medical Center
Locations Details - Children's Hospital Colorado-Denver Area, Rocky Mountain Region

Housing in Broomfield has something in just about any price range you want. Try this search
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Loveland / Windsor / Fort Collins
3 major Hospitals
great schools / communities
LOW crime
great climate
near enough to Denver, Estes Park, and Wyoming to enjoy EACH and far enough away to avoid each.
plenty to do in region
Really good place to find friends
Great for kids
plenty of nearby EDU and culture opportunities
Many ranges of housing / commute choices.
Great for bike riding

EZ plan...
1) annouce to family your leaving and moving to NoCo
2) pack u-haul
3) come...

BUT it is of course better to do a preview trip, find a job, find a house, stew it all over for yrs... have everything fall apart in the meantime.

I've done both, each has it's +/-.

do what is best for YOU (jobs are not ez to come by, BUT... you can find SOMETHING within a month, tho it might not be ideal, it can feed the family. (you might end up commuting to Longmont / boulder / denver but you do what you gotta do, and keep looking / improving plan daily.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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gacri wrote: what is the vote for the best place?

Click your heels and repeat after me: There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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I just left Broomfield and miss it already. I didn't really like CO, there are few trees, few lakes, rivers that are dry 10 months of the year, dust...being from lush PA you will noitice this. People who transplant from the Midwest, TX & the Plains don't notice this and are propably getting defensive right now as they read this.

But, I loved Broomfield, it is the perfect size city, not too big not too small. I really felt part of a community there. Broomfield has an amazing city run Rec center, a really good library, accessible city hall, sweet skatepark, amazing city run water park, great infrastructure, a progressive community oriented police force, lots of nice parks and suprisingly the best Pho restaurants in the Denver area. Plus you are close to both Boulder, Denver & the mountains so lots to do on weekends. I would move back to Broomfield in a second.



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gacri wrote: what is the vote for the best place?

Click your heels and repeat after me: There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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I suggest that you find the work first, then the place to live. There are many,many locations that meet your criteria of "low crime and good schools". Finding the job will be way harder than finding a decent place to live.

Once you've found the job, then we can help you find the neighborhood that meets your needs. Some other factors you should bring into play are your price range and how close you want to be to job. Also what kinds of activities you like to do.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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Avoid Denver public schools at all costs. Good school districts in the south are Cherry Creek and Douglas.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default This is just wrong

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Avoid Denver public schools at all costs. Good school districts in the south are Cherry Creek and Douglas.
I disagree. There are many good-excellent schools in DPS.
Yes, there are also many crappy ones.
But, not 100% crappy.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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fleurecarlate2013 wrote: Avoid Denver public schools at all costs. Good school districts in the south are Cherry Creek and Douglas.

Another absurdity! This troll put a negative spin on Pueblo as well.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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Colorado is a great place for you.

Find the job first, live near there. Apply to jobs in the general area of the springs and Denver. Where she gets hired, you should move there. Expect the process to take 6 to 8 weeks from application through interview and job offer. From offer to first paid hour should be 1 to 2 weeks.
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