U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 10-06-2015, 10:11 PM
1 posts, read 961 times
Reputation: 14


At age 50, I suddenly found my marriage over and single after many years. I have also had to return to work in the Veterinary field. To escape the 'Normal' that's become my second part of life, I've decided to do some research into moving to Colorado! An avid traveler, I have visited a few cities in Colorado, but it was never with the perspective of the city being my new place of residence, so PLEASE... I need some Colorado folks to help narrow down my list!!
In short, I need a fairly populated area with milder climate... I'm a California gal through and through and excessive snow is not my friend! In addition, my brother may move with me, a general contractor by trade. He will need to find a construction company, home builder, a means to open his own consistent work if that's even possible.
Any feedback is greatly appreciated. ))
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 10-07-2015, 09:22 AM
20,840 posts, read 39,059,222 times
Reputation: 19075
Denver metro area, with 3M+ people is where the most jobs are, followed by the I-25 corridor from Pueblo to Fort Collins, followed by the western side of the state around Grand Junction. In short the larger the population of an area the greater chances of finding work.

Homebuilding is hot now in Denver, Colorado Springs and perhaps a few other areas.

It snows everywhere here. Millions live here, it isn't all that big of a deal unless you live up in the mountains that are the central 1/3 of this state. Mildest weather, IMO, is the I-25 corridor, from Cañon City to Pueblo and up I-25 to Fort Collins. We have plenty of threads on weather and winter to look at, just use our search tool.
- Please follow our TOS.
- Any Questions about City-Data? See the FAQ list.
- Want some detailed instructions on using the site? See The Guide for plain english explanation.
- Realtors are welcome here but do see our Realtor Advice to avoid infractions.
- Thank you and enjoy City-Data.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-07-2015, 11:18 AM
Location: The 719
14,498 posts, read 22,345,330 times
Reputation: 13809
Pueblo doesn't have near enough work in construction now and is the least Californish place on the Front Range, oh, imo as always
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-07-2015, 12:28 PM
3,806 posts, read 3,991,054 times
Reputation: 2566
Is "fairly populated" to you 250,000 people in a place, 50,000, 10,000 or something different? I am not guessing.

How much is "excessive snow"? 40 inches in a year? If so, you will have extremely few Colorado options. 60 inches? More than 3 inches in a single snowfall? Snow or ice still on the road in the afternoon or the second day? Will you freak out if 6, 10 or 15 inches fall? If it happens the 2nd or 3rd time in a week or month? What will you adapt to? You need to know what you can tolerate in advance or you might join the one winter and done club (which has many Cali members, among others).

Denver has one of the milder Colorado climates. But only 5 months though where the monthly average daily high breaks 70 degrees. And 5 months where the morning low is below freezing before the sun starts the warm up to 40, 50 or maybe 60. Do you want that or are other things desirable enough to offset disappointment / frustration with the weather reality? If not, look elsewhere.

Good wishes with your search but give more guidance about what you are looking for if you want much help. There are some other questions here Suggestions for writing a moving to Colorado thread
that you might consider answering to get more and better advice.

Last edited by NW Crow; 10-07-2015 at 12:56 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-08-2015, 10:28 AM
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
8,816 posts, read 13,579,132 times
Reputation: 11419
I'm not an expert on this, but I do want to warn you that there seem to be a LOT of Veterinarians here. I honestly feel like I can't go 1 mile without seeing an animal hospital. You might want to look into how competitive the Vet field is here, because it feels like there's a high saturation of Vets, which generally means it might be difficult to get a job. But I don't know, maybe there's only a lot of Vets because there's a lot of pets, maybe despite high Vet numbers, they are actually only just meeting the demand.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-08-2015, 10:38 AM
Location: Denver
3,182 posts, read 2,621,551 times
Reputation: 2206
About climate, I wouldn't really worry about it too much. Grant it, you are coming from Cali, but for the most part, there's not a ton to complain about in CO. It snows, but along the front range or Grand Junction, it's not as common as it's perceived. For instance, there are only a few days where there is enough to actually cross country ski or go sledding. It snows often, but rarely in quantities greater than 4 inches. It's no ski area climate on the front range. In the mountains it would be different though.

Check job availability in Grand Junction and along the I25 corridor, and that would primarily be the main concern. The springs has a decent amount of construction with military and they are putting up a decent number of houses here. Denver has a lot of more high density apartment/large scale construction works. Denver is easily the most expensive out of the other options, but it's probably still cheap by Cali standards, but if you can find work in another one of the towns, the decrease in COL is a big bonus.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2015, 08:34 AM
3,492 posts, read 4,934,395 times
Reputation: 5377
We get cold snaps, but winter is pleasant overall. Just understand that the cold snaps and blizzards will happen. In Denver your average highs on the coldest month are still around 47.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Colorado
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:27 AM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top