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Old 02-04-2013, 04:45 PM
 
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A lot of people seem to retire in Pueblo.
Pueblo definitely is the most affordable front range city, with the mildest Climate and most sunshine. If the "Big City Feel" is not something people want, then definitely choose Pueblo over Denver. I've always though Pueblo is underrated.

Although I must say Colorado Springs has always been my favorite front range city.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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I'm thinking Yuma or Burlington.

They'll love you there!!
If you prefer Eastern Colorado, Kansas or Nebraska are definitely a better choice than Colorado.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:48 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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cooler than Palm Springs is not too tough...

IF OP MUST come to Colorado (kinda of sexy for CA folks to do so...)
then Loveland or Berthoud for decent climate and NOT TOO cold (montrose...)

IF OP can consider other options, AZ and NM have many climate options that are gonna be better for a CA person.

If OP can do rain, then OR and WA (and NoCA) have MANY great options for being moderate climate.

Colorado would be VERY drastic change from Desert CA.

Better 'try-it-out' before selling / buying the farm.

I personally would try Prescott, or Flagstaff, AZ first. Williams, AZ is quite nice too.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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cooler than Palm Springs is not too tough...


I personally would try Prescott, or Flagstaff, AZ first. Williams, AZ is quite nice too.
Totally agree with Prescott. Might have a few cold winter days, but is generally warmer than the Front Range, and cooler in the summer. I have spent quite a bit of time working in Prescott (am here right now) and have grown to really enjoy the town. Flag and Williams are too cold.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:27 PM
 
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cooler than Palm Springs is not too tough...

IF OP MUST come to Colorado (kinda of sexy for CA folks to do so...)
then Loveland or Berthoud for decent climate and NOT TOO cold (montrose...)

IF OP can consider other options, AZ and NM have many climate options that are gonna be better for a CA person.

If OP can do rain, then OR and WA (and NoCA) have MANY great options for being moderate climate.

Colorado would be VERY drastic change from Desert CA.

Better 'try-it-out' before selling / buying the farm.

I personally would try Prescott, or Flagstaff, AZ first. Williams, AZ is quite nice too.

Flagstaff, AZ is actually snowier than Denver, with overall colder winters! I love the place though!

Only far southern NM is a noticeably milder climate than CO. Albuquerque and Santa Fe have climates similar to Denver and Colorado Springs. Albuquerque just gets 1/6 of the snow Denver does but the overall temps and precipitation are the same season to season (anyone not narrow minded who's lived in Denver knows the truth about the winters). Check out climate data for Denver and Albuquerque and you'll see!! In fact some years Albuquerque gets a frost before Denver does, this doesn't really mean anything but it helps understand the similarity of the two climates.

Anyway I agree with you though that Southern NM and 80% of AZ are much more similar to Southern CA than Colorado is. If you can deal with the constantly brutal hot summer temps in Phoenix or Tucson, Arizona is a very nice place to live. NM is also a nice place. Plus both states have a cheaper overall cost of living!!!

The winter monthly temps in the major cities of the PNW are similar to Denver, but of course they don't have 20 or so days in the winter where snow falls or temps drop pretty low, but this is just 10 to 15% of the time in Colorado winters, and winters in Colorado are much sunnier than the PNW, and a 45 degree day in Seattle with humidity and overcast will feel colder than the dry climate of Denver on a 25 degree day with the powerful sunshine at 5,000+ feet. 20 degree highs in winter in Denver make up only 10 to 15% of the season though. From simply a standpoint of snow and winter weather though I agree the PNW is much milder than CO. Summers in the PNW are also GREAT, not too hot and usually sunny!

If the OP just hates any amount of snow you're correct that CO is a bad choice.

The sunny climate of CO, NM, and AZ is much more relatable to Southern CA, but the lack of snowy winters in AZ, WA, and OR is also more relatable to Southern CA.

Any choice is a good one. All of these states are exceedingly beautiful!

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Old 02-04-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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What about Susanville, California? I actually considered living there myself at one time. Not too hot...not too cold and Reno, Nevada isn't too far for big city shopping. I lived in Flagstaff/Prescott for many years and Prescott is also an excellent climate. Canon City, Colorado also has possibly the mildest climate in Colorado and is close to Pueblo and the Springs. I would definitely recommend a visit to Canon City and take a walk along the Arkansas River between 9th and 15th street.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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What about Susanville, California? I actually considered living there myself at one time. Not too hot...not too cold and Reno, Nevada isn't too far for big city shopping. I lived in Flagstaff/Prescott for many years and Prescott is also an excellent climate. Canon City, Colorado also has possibly the mildest climate in Colorado and is close to Pueblo and the Springs. I would definitely recommend a visit to Canon City and take a walk along the Arkansas River between 9th and 15th street.
Good point!
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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Grand Junction, Montrose, & Delta are located in a zone of extreme temperature swings from winter to summer. Very cold winters, and very hot summers with even less precipatation, compared to the more moderate climate of the front range population belt.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:19 PM
 
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I have lived in the Palm Springs and I have lived in the front range of CO.

Answer Davebarnes Q's (repeated below) and we will try to help.

How old are you?
What are your needs (now and in the future) for hospitals?
Desired population of CO city/town?
What are feelings about snow?
How much do you want to spend on rent/purchase?
¿Habla Español?
What do you think about Summer in Phoenix?

Also, be advised that saying "I want to move to CO" is like saying "I want to move to CA"--with the caveat of removing the ocean-front/ocean-close possibility. There are:
mountains
plains
foothills
wet, dry, windy, stormy
towns of every size & income level.

One thing to think about as a senior is health care.
The reality is that there is exactly one teaching hospital in CO, in Aurora (U of CO)
Even in Palm Springs, CA you are only 1 hr away from Loma Linda Med School and 2 hrs away from some of the other finest Med schools in the country.

As far as cold...even in the front range you are going to see at least 1 wk/yr of sub-freezing day time temps. Probably 5-10 days of practically impassable roads in the city due to snow, more in the country. No big deal--you know a storm is coming and go to the store in advance--but it does take an attitude adjust for a Californian used to only having putting your shoes on to go outside any time of year.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:55 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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The OP appears to be a one-post wonder. Sad.
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