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Old 07-24-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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Have in mind that the cost of living in Colorado has increased enormously since you've left 10 years ago. The housing market is off the charts, and a LOT of people end up paying a ridiculous amount of money for a somewhat crappy house, not even close to Denver. I don't know how that would compare with Chicago though. Denver metro is exploding in population and new people moving in. That drives prices way up. Traffic/commute is bad and everywhere you go is full of crowds.
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:29 AM
 
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Suggestions if you want to remain within spitting distance of Chicago: consider Iowa (Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City), and Bloomington, IN. Never personally lived in any of them, but they have lots of qualities for families, including good schools, more access to the outdoors, less "concrete," etc.

If you are looking at Wisconsin or Michigan, the only places I would consider are Madison and Ann Arbor. However, I spent some time a few years ago in Appleton, WI, and that is as close to "Mayberry" as I think you will find...

Final thought on Colorado Front Range: just read these threads and note all of the "stress" in peoples' lives - the traffic, the congestion, the high cost of living, getting priced out, etc. Even if your circumstances allow you to sidestep, say, the cost of living issue, you will still be subject to the laws of physics (too many cars on too few roads) and your ability to partake in the nearby "nature" will be greatly compromised by the hordes that clog the roads and the trails, ski runs, etc.

You nailed it!
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Old 07-29-2017, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Why are so many people trying to talk the OP out of coming here? I will never understand someone coming on here asking for advice about Colorado, and a bunch of posters trying to steer them somewhere else.

As for schools, I'd like to see evidence about overcrowding. This is a good article that shows that while Colorado is not at the top in funding, it's not at the bottom, either. Plus, there's not much correlation between funding and performance, e.g. DC.
The States That Spend the Most (and the Least) on Education
While I'm always wary of rankings, here's one. It shows that our neighbor Wyoming, high up in the spending (#7) is below us in performance.
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-wit...-schools/5335/

My kids, who went to Monarch High school in Louisville, as do the kids from Superior, felt well prepared for out of state colleges in MN and IN, both ranked higher than CO. That was particularly true of the one who went to college in Indiana. I have also lived in Lafayette, and found their schools (same district as Louisville's) to be high quality. Ditto Broomfield High where my kids did HS gymnastics.
I've noticed this. People in certain cities, denver, Austin, Portland, and Seattle tend to do that.
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