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Old 01-20-2016, 08:21 PM
 
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Considering the state of affairs on the Front Range; cost of living rising, size/sprawl, traffic, etc. Why aren't more people interested in the Grand Junction/Fruita area? Is it that much hotter in summer…seems similar if slightly hotter but not for any longer period of time, but milder, maybe shorter winters? Also seems like there's always been potential in GJ and maybe it is coming on stronger lately? Is it quietly advancing as a great place to compete with other areas of Colo. in terms of civics, downtown vibrancy, amenities, recreation/fitness/lifestyle infrastructure, bike paths/trails? Or is it more of its own style that isn't developing the ways much of the rest of Colo. is/has? Can anyone comment about the current/future state of affairs in GJ?
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:57 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Jobs. Lack of.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Jobs. Lack of.
Pretty much; when I was initially planning to move from Illinois to Colorado a few years ago, Grand Junction was the first place I focused on since I loved the hell out of the western CO/eastern Utah area when I passed through on road trips in previous summers (the western slope is so much more beautiful than the front range IMO). Unfortunately there weren't any decent paying accounting jobs available at the time, so I went for Denver instead. In the months to follow I kept checking and it remained slim pickings.

I still love going out to GJ/Moab in the summertime though. I would jump at the chance to move out there at some point in the future if the right opportunity every comes up.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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It's the next Missoula. You heard it here first.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Grand Junction is on our list of places to explore as a possible location to retire to. Not sure I could move there beforehand, however, unless my job would let me work remotely permanently.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Eastern Colorado
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lack of jobs and the isolation. Grand Junction has a variety of stores and you can fill your basic needs, but if you want to spend the day in a big city you have to drive 4+ hours to do it. Not easy for everybody.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:12 PM
 
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Jobs. That's why it became known as a retirement mecca.
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:15 AM
 
Location: USA
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Montrose or Grand Junction would be my first choices. I would bring my job with me, however. I like hearing about the shorter winters.
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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Many people don't like the way it looks (scenery) compared to the Front Range. It is quite different - less green by quite a bit. And yeah, there isn't much industry or shopping or arts or night life there at all - not a lot of jobs at this point. It can be appreciably warmer and drier than the Front Range.
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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The geography of Grand Junction is similar to Moab UT, St George UT, northern Arizona such as Flagstaff and Prescott Valley.
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