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Old 01-14-2014, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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My family is going to be moving within the next year. Canon City Colorado is a place we're looking into. My wife is a Corrections Office, I am finishing my BA in Psychology and we have an eight year old. I grew up in the western part of the country (we live in PA right now) and would like to go back. Can anyone tell us the pros and cons of living in or around the Canon City area?
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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I suggest you do a search function for Canon City as there have been many discussions about living there. Then, once you've read through the posts, if you have specific questions you can ask them here.
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:07 PM
 
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Living here, the biggest concerns I have are the schools. The community voted down a tax hike for the schools even though the Canon City system has the second lowest tax levy in the state. Granted, simply throwing money at schools isn't a recipe for success, but textbooks are old and there aren't necessarily enough to go around. Consult GreatSchools.org
for more school info in areas you might want to investigate.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:23 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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My feeling was that Canon City's schools could use some improvewment, and Joe seems to have verfied this. Other than education for his son OP hasn't given us much to go by.

He grew up in the "western part of the country." Well, THAT sure narrows it down. But Canon City indeed is in the West. However, so's Nucla, but who wants to live there?

OP's wife is in corrections. That's the strongest point Canon has in its favor according to what OP has let us know.

Finally OP is finishing up a psych degree. And? Kudos for doing the work to be awarded a college degree, but I don't know what that has to do with anything unless OP is hoping that this will let him get on with the corrections system(s)? If so, send them a letter of inquiry and get the scoop straight from the horse's mouth.

Personally, I don't care for Canon City. I had some friends who moved there for awhile and they didn't like it, either. It doesn't have much of a Colorado "feel" to me, although you can get on Highway 50 West and drive up the Arkansas and be in some pretty nice country in no time at all. Nearby Pueblo and Colorado Springs offer shopping and cultural amenities as well as access to state of the art medical care.

But I'm drawing a blank as to why Canon City would be any different/better than any other town in the West which is home to a Federal Pen or a State Prison. Perhaps someone who is part of that culture will come along and give you some input. Meanwhile, maybe OP could better clarify what sort of things he's looking for in a new town.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:32 AM
 
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Welcome to the Colorado forum Brooke!

Check out the third line down on this page--"Official index to key Colorado threads." The Colorado moderator has done a great job gathering info on a variety of smaller areas that aren't necessarily covered on the subforums. One of the links shows info on Canon City. The link is dated by a few years but has 45 posts to it.

Good luck to you!
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Betwixt and Between
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My family is going to be moving within the next year. Canon City Colorado is a place we're looking into. My wife is a Corrections Office, I am finishing my BA in Psychology and we have an eight year old. I grew up in the western part of the country (we live in PA right now) and would like to go back. Can anyone tell us the pros and cons of living in or around the Canon City area?
Pro: affordable real estate-hard to find in CO
Mild winter-5300 ft altitude
Basic amenities-big box stores

Con: Cotter uranium mill

Just a few off the top of my head. Also, it has an older demo if that matters.GL
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:50 AM
 
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Just looked up the news story on that Uranium mill. Looks like some people should have gone to prison and been personally bankrupted, rather than bankrupting the corporation after privatizing some of the profits.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:06 PM
 
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Just looked up the news story on that Uranium mill. Looks like some people should have gone to prison and been personally bankrupted, rather than bankrupting the corporation after privatizing some of the profits.
The same company owns an abandoned uranium mine in Jefferson County that drains directly into Ralston Creek-> Ralston Reservoir -> Arvada Reservoir.

Guess what happened during the floods last September? Oh wait, that got buried immediately.
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:47 PM
 
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I lived there a few years ago, and I plan to move back. It is a lovely little town with much milder weather than the majority of Colorado due to being surrounded on three sides by mountains. It is located next to several federal prisons, and if that is where you want to work, you will do well there. The main drawback is that since it is located so close to the prisons, there are a lot of parolees in the town, and it seemed that there were a LOT of pedophiles per capita.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:38 AM
 
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Just make sure you have a job in hand with DOC or the Federal Prison first. Colorado has actually shut down some correctional facilities due to budget cutbacks.
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