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Old 07-05-2017, 10:51 PM
 
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Hi! My boyfriend and I are planning to move to Colorado, I've been there 2 times on vacation and absolutely love it. Not too familiar with the areas and would like to get some advice on cost of living or what where would be the best place to settle given my work experience. We both have warehouse experience, so nothing too professional until I start college. Right now in Kentucky were making 60 k a year. Looking for a nice apartment in a good area for about 750 dollars a month max, got about 5k in the savings. Having trouble deciding whether that's enough. As far as amenities go, anywhere that's close to a wide variety of jobs and plenty of hiking trails.
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Old 07-06-2017, 04:02 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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750$/mo has me ROTFLMAO.
Try twice that.
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Old 07-06-2017, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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If you are serious about moving here you ought to first find jobs.

As for rents, they are higher in Denver and its suburbs than they are in Colorado Springs or Pueblo. I suggest that you read through all of the posts to absorb information. Your suggested budget is on the low side but perhaps doable in some parts of Colorado Springs or Pueblo.

The Colorado Springs area has about 11K jobs available now so perhaps it won't be so hard to find one. Start by looking here: https://www.ppwfc.org/
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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$60k each working warehouse jobs in Colo isn't going to happen unless you move into supervision or management or planning. $30k each may be more possible. Manufacturing jobs in the state are somewhat flat. There are some distribution warehouses in Denver, Colo Spgs, and Pueblo, but competition for those jobs is considerable despite our low unemployment numbers. Obviously Denver has the lion's share of employment opportunities, but also comes with the greatest costs and population.

COL overall in most parts of the state is inline with to slightly higher than Kentucky. However, rentals, particularly in Denver metro, is much, much higher. Double what you are projecting. Colo Spgs rentals are quickly catching up to Denver and may only be 10% or less, lower. Pueblo rents are lower still but work opportunities are not as abundant. To actually buy a house, Colo Spgs and still considerably less than Denver metro and Pueblo is cheaper still.

Vacationing here is a lot different than living here. You may get to look at the mountains everyday, but actually getting in them in after work or on weekends is the same goal a high percentage of the population has in mind as well, so traffic into and out of the mountains is extensive. The arid climate, which cannot compare to anyplace near your current home state, will dry out your skin, hair, and sinuses. Nosebleeds are common and it can take several weeks to several years to acclimate to the lack of oxygen. Weather is quite variable and can change radically week to week. Its possible to have string of sub zero days in November, no snow at all for Christams, a week of 70* days in February, and a major snowstorm in May.

Its also a very large state with considerable variety in different cities along the Front Range and Western Slope. Lower elevation with multiple small rivers and farm country can be found near Ft Collins to near desert climates with multiple 100*+ days in Pueblo. Grand Junction on the Western Slope will have typically mild climates with warmer days and minimal snow, but easy access to Utah canyonlands. Nearly anywhere will have access to parks,trails, or nature right outside your door or within a short drive. However, it is a days drive to get to any other major city outside of Colo so we do not have readily available access to other major metros like you have in Kentucky with Nashville, Indianapolis, or Memphis.

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Old 07-06-2017, 07:17 AM
 
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I've researched on padmapper for apartments and have found several nice ones with a 750 dollar rent. Not entirely sure why everyone thinks all rent in Colorado is over 1k.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:19 AM
 
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You are going to need to be in the denver metro for work. This means you should expect $1000/mo minimum for rent.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:20 AM
 
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30 k a year each is what I meant. 60 k together. I find it hard to believe that there aren't people living in Colorado that aren't working warehouse jobs and are still making things work. I appreciate the advice. As far as weather, I am not too much concerned about it. The 2 times I've been there, ive experienced all sorts of weather conditions. My body will adjust to the altititude I'm sure.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:27 AM
 
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I've researched on padmapper for apartments and have found several nice ones with a 750 dollar rent. Not entirely sure why everyone thinks all rent in Colorado is over 1k.
If you can find it, great. But be careful. That kind of rent is unheard of and something might be up. People make it work on your salary for sure, I have. But they also spend a bigger chunk on COL than you are used to.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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If by warehouse work you mean Costco or Sams, we have both in Colorado Springs, and rents here are cheaper than Denver, though not by a lot. You could probably find a one bedroom for 750 but its not going to be a high end place. If you are coming without jobs, I would say save up as much as you can as you may be living off your savings for a bit.
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I've researched on padmapper for apartments and have found several nice ones with a 750 dollar rent. Not entirely sure why everyone thinks all rent in Colorado is over 1k.

Okay, slight clarification then. Nice rentals that are <30 years old, in safer neighborhoods, with available amenities such as clubhouse, covered parking, pools, weight rooms, etc that most are looking for are going to be $1000+. Older apartments that may come with some maintenance issues or without pools or a/c, located near or in higher crime areas, further from city centers and further from activities, will tend to be the lower priced units. Also, when looking in the Denver metro, location to employment is a big deal. Traffic and weather can mean that $750 unit could be an hour away from work in good weather and up to 3 hours on a snow day, despite only being 25 miles away. This is a predominate reason many here say find the job first, then find the living space.

Many people here make it work because they bought into the place before prices sky rocketed. In Cos, for example, a couple making $60k combined who bought a $150k house 10 years ago can still make it work now despite the run up in prices. They locked things in earlier. But now that same house rents for $1000 and sells for $280k.

That doesn't mean its impossible, just harder to achieve and may mean you have to live further out from the most desirable areas with the highest concentration of jobs. Also some may find they have to work an extra part time job to achieve their goals but then find that extra work is impeding upon the very reasons they moved here.
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