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Old 10-06-2015, 10:11 PM
 
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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. ))
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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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.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: The 719
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Pueblo doesn't have near enough work in construction now and is the least Californish place on the Front Range, oh, imo as always
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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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.

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Old 10-08-2015, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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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.
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Denver
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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.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:34 AM
 
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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.
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