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Old 03-09-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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Wow! Some very helpful posts here. Thank you!

Montrose is looking really nice for us. The average yearly temperature is perfect and the houses are super cheap!

I haven't even gotten a chance to check out all these other recommendations, but I defiantly will.

As for the other information, we are very liberal and age 23 and 25.

Boulder does seem fun even though it is a bit opposite of what we were saying before. We do like college areas because that is around our age group.

I will check all these others out. Colorado is looking better and better.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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We are moving back to Denver after leaving for 10 years -it's the best place to live
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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I will look into New Mexico, thanks
As far as suburbs go, I actually prefer a nice small town/village. I have heard a lot of good about Boulder and will look into it. I love thunderstorms so that is a bonus for me.
Boulder is close to 100k people. That is hardly a small town.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:20 AM
 
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I would live in the mountains because imo that is one of the only reasons for living in colorado to begin with. You could live comfortably in summit county, less comfortably in the vail valley, and basically be homeless in aspen. I really want to live in Aspen at some point, but realistically you guys should consider summit or vail. Otherwise I would look elsewhere, without the mountains Colorado would be very boring IMO
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:38 PM
 
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You might think about Durango. Very beautiful, but expensive.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Denver/Boulder is super hot in the summer btw. It's like you don't want to go outside in the middle of the day; unless your in the mountains of course.
I'll take 105 in Denver over 105 in Dallas any day. After the sun goes down here the temperature will drop into the lower 80s by midnight. If it's 105 in Dallas it's still well above 90 at midnight. Summers in Dallas blow. Here because of the low humidity blazing hot daytime temperatures aren't as intolerable.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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Boulder is close to 100k people. That is hardly a small town.
Boulder to me is a city and especially with Metro Denver having absorbed it. Back when I was a youngster, Boulder was more out on it's own.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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allensig3654 wrote: Montrose is looking really nice for us. The average yearly temperature is perfect and the houses are super cheap!

Keep in mind that the actual temperature hits the average, perhaps a few days a year. Most of the time the actual temperature is either ABOVE the average or BELOW the average.....and it can vary quite a few degrees in either direction. In the past 7 years, the tendency is to be ABOVE average in the summer, and BELOW average in the winter. Over the course of the year, the AVERAGE yearly temperature is usually within a couple of degrees on either side, so it appears to be a close to an average year. But anyone who was actually lived thru a year with wide temperature fluctuations is not likely to think of it as an average year! Average annual temperature can be VERY misleading when used to gauge your potential comfort. The western slope of Colorado is a climate of extremes. Very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. A less extreme climate may have the same average annual temperature as an extreme climate. On paper they have the same annual temperature, but in reality they are wordls apart. So, rather than looking at the annual average, look at the high temperature for July and add 10 degrees for the hot spells, then look at the low temperature for January and subtract 10 degrees for the cold spells. This will give you a more accurate picture of what you are likely to encounter with regard to temperatures.

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Old 03-13-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Alma CO
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I would live in the mountains because imo that is one of the only reasons for living in colorado to begin with. You could live comfortably in summit county, less comfortably in the vail valley, and basically be homeless in aspen. I really want to live in Aspen at some point, but realistically you guys should consider summit or vail. Otherwise I would look elsewhere, without the mountains Colorado would be very boring IMO
Some of the towns in Summit County are on their way to becoming Vail 2.0. More people are coming there for those exact reasons.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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Wink Average Colorado weather

If this might be self evident, perhaps not to anyone not personally familiar with Colorado's climate. Namely, that aside from the wide swings of temperature from season to season—also in any given day.

That average temp somewhere else with more humidity will remain more average throughout the day and night. In the drier West, and certainly in Colorado, expect that scenario to go right out the window. Anyone here often enjoys the relative lack of humidity, BUT naturally expects that day and night will be distinctly different. There are customarily wide swings in temperature between the two. As the sun is often out, it can be shirt sleeve weather even in the midst of winter. But have a cloud pass over that sun and all cools down right now: one might end up shivering and thinking of a jacket until the sun shortly reemerges.

That kind of thing is so common as to not even be notable. Not only will one expect nights to be cool to cold when days warm to hot, but somewhat the same throughout every day. On a blazing hot day one may be seeking out the shade of a tree, where it is markedly cooler, and conversely the sun in winter. As well with summer thunderstorms and so forth, so that in the course of a normal day one might be from shirt sleeves to jacket and back several times (or cycling through layers). Even in summer it is not at all a bad idea to have a jacket somewhere nearby, especially in the mountains.

If the plains of the Front Range are more often variations of hot during the day—and likely moderately welcoming at night—this does not apply in the mountains. Automatically subtract ten degrees or more from whatever Denver is presently experiencing. Then add in a good deal more shifting and uncertainty in a day's weather—and some sort of approximation.

With weather, average in Colorado is ever changeable.
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