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Old 12-20-2012, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Fraggle, check the Cost Of Living calculators between Denver and where you are, it may be a wash given there's a lot to choose from in Denver Metro Area which has about 3M people and most of the jobs in the state. Boulder is very expensive but other areas to also consider as you do your research are Colo Springs and Fort Collins. Look at realtor.com and padmapper.com for sales/rentals in these regions.

Job is key, as is your budget; tell us those two things and we'll give you pretty good advice.

Are you anywhere near Belleville, IL?
I am near Belleville, I'm actually only about 30 minutes away.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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So, from what I'm getting from everyone is that Colorado is just another form of Illinois, only it has better landscape. The whole reason I want to move from Illinois to somewhere else is for lower cost of living and better jobs, so I guess I'll have to look elsewhere. I would still love to visit Colorado though, because the landscape looks beautiful regardless.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:39 PM
 
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There simply are few places in the United State with a lower cost of living than the Midwest, and virtually all the places with an honestly lower cost of living are cheap because no one can make a living there.

Denver is an expensive place to live. Vail, Durango, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, and some others are even more so. That still leaves rather a lot of the state that is not dramatically more expensive to live in than Ill.

The fact that most of the jobs to be had in Colorado are in Denver is not totally to the point - you don't want lots of jobs, just one. That one may be found almost anywhere. Obviously it depends greatly upon what skills you offer.

Why not come out and see? The highways, train and bus stations, and airports are all open. Come take a look for yourself. You may very well find a "better job", or you may not. I know of nowhere in the US where "better jobs" are lying around waiting to be picked up.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Ottawa, IL ➜ Tucson, AZ ➜ Laramie, WY
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I'm also from Illinois (Naperville area originally), and Colorado/Wyoming is relatively expensive compared to Illinois, especially when you take wages into consideration. I'd look into Arizona if I were you. I personally would like to move back after I graduate, if I can find a job out there. It's much cheaper, and there are mountains all over the place as well. Granted they're not as spectacular as they are in Colorado, you have the Sonoran Desert at your disposal.

Edit: ...but if you really feel Colorado would be the perfect fit for you, give it a shot. Denver is a fairly large metro area, and if you really give it your all I'm sure you can make something work, check out zillow and see for yourself. You can always move elsewhere if things don't work out.

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:17 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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I want to move from Illinois to somewhere else is for lower cost of living
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