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Old 07-23-2017, 04:13 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I would pursue WY and Alaska (Beautiful and adventure energy states with better paying jobs and no state income tax)
There may not be income tax in AK, but the COL in most areas is extremely high. So is unemployment. I would never come to AK without a firm job offer and housing in hand.
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Old 07-24-2017, 12:20 PM
 
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Thank you all for the valuable input. I will digest thoroughly.

Cheers
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:07 PM
 
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I suspect you don't really understand U.S. healthcare. If you had insurance as a student or through a company, then you may not be acquainted with ACA. At present, everything is uncertain. We Americans don't know U.S. healthcare anymore. ACA may be repealed; it may not. It may have a replacement; or it may not. Do you know how much the deductible is for a "silver" plan is on ACA?
Hey, I know I didn't wanna talk about politics. Just allow me to give you my perspective.

First, I want to give you one concession. You are right. I have not experienced ACA personally. I am, however, in close contact with many people who are.

The last time I lived in the states I was insured by my company. I remember the monthly payment to be much lower when compared to Germany and the co-pay to be much higher when compared to Germany.

Here's where one important, at least for me, point comes in. The quality of healthcare. American healthcare, as I experienced, is much, much better than German healthcare.

How do I know? I experienced the German healthcare sector from both sides. As a patient and as an emergency medical services professional. Before I studied, I worked a few years as a German paramedic.

As a patient I was left undiagnosed for three years with a partially torn off biceps-tendon. My shoulder ached, and I got am MRI. It was botched because the technician who did it was in a hurry. The glorious German health insurance pays for one MRI per health issue every two years. Or so I was told anyhow. So I had to wait to get another one. Luckily they did it right that time and they finally took care of my shoulder.

As a paramedic, I witnessed old ladies getting tortured because giving them morphine would cost the hospital less profits, since they would have had to keep her in overnight. I have seen greedy specialists refuse to fix messed up catheters, which they have applied wrong themselves, because the patient didn't have the 10 bucks co-pay on him. My colleague paid the 10 bucks to get the old man treated. And how would you feel about your new-born getting raced with emergency lights and horn in an ambulance (as opposed to driving normally) from one hospital to the other without real reason just so the physician in charge of the transport can bill 160 bucks extra?

Usually when I tell these stories, I get struck with disbelief and attempts at relativization. Especially by Germans. Feel free, I am used to it. I wouldn't tell anyone about this at work because I would be afraid about losing credibility.

My relatives and friends in the states all say the same thing about US healthcare. Its expensive, but its good. I will gladly pay more for an actual service and good care. And in the end, there is no free healthcare. Giving away too much money to a middle man, and not beeing able to opt out of that deal, will always cost you one very important thing. Freedom. Freedom of choice in particular.

That is just my experience, though. But then, what else should I go by?
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Monument,CO
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[quote=Mike from back east;48936608]...ur idiot in chief just flushed our membership in the Paris agreements. I'd stay in Germany where the beer is awesome, you can take a train everywhere, and the environment is respected a lot more./QUOTE]

The fact that anyone could criticize the Trump administration and not know what a filthy, dangerous, no future cesspool Germany has become, validates my lack of presence on the Colorado forum. Light up another one! Seriously, if the world wants to blow its money on the Paris Agreement, let it. Not on my dime.
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Old 07-25-2017, 02:39 PM
 
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The fact that anyone could criticize the Trump administration and not know what a filthy, dangerous, no future cesspool Germany has become, validates my lack of presence on the Colorado forum. Light up another one! Seriously, if the world wants to blow its money on the Paris Agreement, let it. Not on my dime.
Lol....

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Old 07-26-2017, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Odenwald, I understand your dilemma. I used to work with engineering friends from Boeblingen who also fell in love with Colorado and wanted to move here.

But I suggest that you first concentrate on getting an engineering job with an employer large enough to offer group health insurance. Our system for buying individual health insurance is broken.

I suggest you then rent for at least one year and tour the state. Only you can decide which specific city will meet your needs.
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Old 07-26-2017, 09:06 AM
 
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there are a lot of jobs in Energy , oil , gas industry and as stated a lot of competition for these jobs


https://www.energyjobline.com/job/27...er-and-waste-/

https://www.energyjobline.com/job/28...neer-dever-co/

https://www.energyjobline.com/job/28...ger-denver-co/

https://www.energyjobline.com/job/26...-u-s-location/

https://www.energyjobline.com/job/26...ner-denver-co/

https://www.energyjobline.com/job/28...abs-golden-co/

https://www.energyjobline.com/job/27...oldenco80401-/
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:20 AM
 
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It seems like you are wanting just some perspective about living in Colorado and idea on what small town there are like, so I will do the best I can. I have lived in Fort Collins, Denver, Westminster (suburb of Denver), Craig, and Montrose, CO. I liked Fort Collins, but it is not a small town, housing is booming and prices are high! If you are outdoorsy and like the small town feel, I love Western Colorado. Durango is nice, but expensive. I love Montrose, but jobs are hard to come by sometimes. If you are willing to bide your time and live cheaply it can be done, just harder with the housing. I love being 40 minutes to Ouray and an hour to Grand Mesa and an hour and 10 min to Telluride. The weather is great, Grand Junction is a little hot to my liking, but Montrose is about 8 degrees cooler which I enjoy. I love that my commute is 8 minutes and that traffic isn't horrible. Pros: you can get up to the Uncompaghre Plateau in about 25 minutes for 4wheeling and cross country skiing and that pine tree and aspen tree feel. I love hiking the mountains around Ouray, Blue Lakes, Mt Sneffles, etc are all fun. It all depends on what makes you happy. If the city amenities make you happy, you may not like Montrose, as we don't have a ton of shopping or restaurants, just enough to suffice.
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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It seems like you are wanting just some perspective about living in Colorado [...]

If you are willing to bide your time and live cheaply it can be done [...]
Thanks. Yes. Thats what helps me the most. Just want to know what coloradians have to say so I can get a better picture.

I will say that I am willing to deal with a significant reduction of living quality for a little while if it helps me get what I want in the long run. Do any of you have experience living with flat mates in Colorado or how to find a room in a shared flat? Do people tend to sub-rent living space out of their houses?

Cheers and thanks for all the helpful advice everyone!
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Old 07-26-2017, 01:56 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Warnings from engineering / technical skillpoint. If you find a job in a great location (smaller Mtn town) be careful to not get a BOSS / owner from hxll. I had 3 friends in CO who got stuck in small towns with NO OTHER employment options (always rent in such a situation)

I find that seniors and active retirees and farmers may desire to rent our spare living space. (often a guest house, daylight basement / apartment in shop or barn, or a home site on a remote farmstead. )

We have done that and very successful. 1/2 market rent, but keeps someone around to help with chores (very minimal / mowing 1/ month) get the mail, feed the pets, water the plants, blade snow, and watch out after the place while we are gone 50%+ of the time. These arrangements will not be advertised, you just need to network through employer / church / community volunteer groups / senior centers.

My SIL has made it work for 34 yrs in Hawaii, no home required... she house-sits for people who travel extended seasons. FREE living in Hawaii has been good for her. we often go visit cuz she has lots of space, and confirms OK with landowner.

two friends in CO did 'caretaking' of large private estates in exchange for free housing. (both housing lasted for 10+ yrs) My son was a 'resident volunteer' at a remote fire station for 5 yrs. Sole occupant, nice place! frequent interruptions (fire / rescue tasks), but 5 yrs free rent!
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