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Old 08-29-2016, 08:06 PM
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A little about myself, I am 24 and my boyfriend is 27. We are from South Mississippi. Both of us, as well as one of our best friends, she's 26, are wanting to move to Colorado. We have been looking online for weeks, all to no avail. We were considering Louisville, as we would like to be close to Boulder. We aren't really looking to be towards Denver. We just need to know what city has the lowest cost of living, while still being able to find jobs. (We are all hard workers and do pretty much anything!) Our budget is about $800 a month for rent, seeing how after utilities, etc it will be close to $1200. Also, we have 3 dogs all under 20#'s. I just have no idea where to look, we are open to mobile home parks, etc. We just don't know what city to look it. We would like to be close to Boulder, within 30-45 min. If anyone has any advice on cheap communities, housing, job market, literally any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. We just need to know where to look, its so hard trying to find a new home from halfway across the country. Thank you all for your time and consideration!
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:54 PM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Double your rent number.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:52 PM
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If you're truly open to anywhere in Colorado and wanting a lower cost of living and access to jobs, Pueblo would probably be your best bet. Anything that close to Boulder will be far out of your current budget, and bringing along the pets will make your rental search even harder.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:49 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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OP: "anywhere in Colorado" but close to Boulder with no listed job skill beyond "hard workers" makes it tough.

This state has plenty of hard workers in jobs that pay close to minimum wage. Furthermore, with 3 dogs finding a place to rent will be tough.

I'd agree that your best bet would be Pueblo because it has the lowest COL among all the front range cities and you might have the best chance of finding a job.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:19 AM
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It's a shame, but as one poster said, the state is full of hard workers. Maybe go wherever you can find jobs, gets organized and then consider moving to a more ideal place, like "near Boulder." It truly is an expensive and beautiful area. Bless OP for not bailing out on the dogs because of moving, so many people do abandon their friends for this.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:33 AM
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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OP, a couple of questions:

1. what kind of job skills/experience do the three of you have?
2. $1200 for rent and utilities split between three people is really low. why can each of you afford only $400 a month?
3. why do you want to be close to Boulder? will some of the three be going to school there?

If you provide some more information, we may be able to help you better.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:30 AM
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You probably can find some 2bedrooms in Longmont for $1200ish but for more selection and rent in $800-$1,000 range I'd look in Mead and Johnstown. Still fairly close to Boulder.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:47 AM
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If you need cheap rent you need to start looking on the Eastern plains - think Lamar, Limon, La Junta, Sterling, etc. - if you can happen to find jobs there. You could also consider Western Slope towns like Grand Junction or Monte Vista.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:44 AM
Location: Denver, CO
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OP -- You are not in a position to relocate to CO, especially Boulder County.

Almost every apartment complex in the area is going to charge pet rent, and it is usually $25-35/month, so between $75-105/month. That brings your rent number down to ~$700/month, which is just not possible. The only type of housing you're going to get for that number is renting a single room out in a house which isn't going to allow pets (especially 3 dogs) nor 3 inhabitants.

On top of this, no landlord will rent to 3 20-somethings who don't have a proof of income. Your only chance at securing housing without a job lined up would be a significant pre-payment of rent (think 6+ months worth), which would probably be around $6-8000+ up front.

Your only options at this point are to find a job first and to significantly bump up your rent number to closer to $1200-1400++ to be in the surrounding towns.
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:18 PM
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ANYWHERE in Colorado? Really? Do you have any idea how different parts of the state are? Why Colorado? There are many people with ideas like yours now living on the streets here. Be very careful.
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