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Old 08-23-2017, 05:20 PM
 
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I would recommend giving Colorado a shot. Western living is, in my opinion, a much better quality of life overall than the east. Weather wise, Colorado is hard to beat, with the entire year mostly enjoyable and pleasant really. With the generally arid environment, low humidity and plentiful sun, it can't be beat.

Culturally, it is much different from most of the east as well. The western live and let live attitude and the abundance of newcomers means the social connections and general niceties of places like Kentucky aren't really here. Generally, Colorado is an outdoorsy, fit, well educated and low poverty state with a good economy. There is, generally speaking, very little racial strife or ingrained poverty that you will find in other places.

The problem is that most of the mountain towns that are doing well are tourist traps and the other mountain towns suffer from remote places anywhere-a lack of jobs or a sustainable economy in general. Look at some of the areas mentioned by posters here and also consider larger towns and small cities along the Front Range area such as Fort Collins, Longmont, etc to get a start. You'll find many more opportunities for different types of housing and jobs, get to know the state and then work on the move to the mountain town of your dreams.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:59 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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My wife and I actually have been to Berea, KY and honestly can recommend it as a cool place. It's between the small city of Lexington, KY and the Daniel Boone National Forest. Lexington is known for beautiful horses and fast women, or is it fast horses....oh well, and the area is also WELL KNOWN for Bourbon)

I've been to Berea, OH, and it's a cool place too, near Cleveland and Lake Erie, but that's a different story for a different forum....
I was born in Lexington, KY where the women are indeed fast and the horses are beautiful - and they live on beautiful farms of bluegrass that grows without water sprinklers (I was so impressed by this as a child when I'd visit from Colorado). The living on beautiful farms thing goes for both Kentucky horses and Kentucky women who are true Southern Belle's with the hearts of CowGirls. You should see my cute little second cousin's girl's barrell racing ribbons!

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Poor guy comes here Colorado Dreamin' and we redirect him to Kentucky.

Lord help us.
Indeed. So many come here describing a place they want to live that does not exist here in Colorado. Going by OP's original criteria, I'd still stick with my original suggestion of Maine or perhaps Vermont or New Hampshire. If forced to suggest only places that I have personal experience experience with, I'd go with Berea.
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:57 AM
 
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Try researching Beulah. You can work in Pueblo, which is hardly a small, country town. But in the evening you can be in Beulah which is. You shouldn't have trouble getting employed in the medical field in Pueblo.

Beulah has proximity to a state park and other outdoor actives. It's a pretty small community with only a restaurant and a small cafe (both of which are awesome).
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:34 AM
 
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Maybe Eastern Park County - Bailey, perhaps? That's about an hour to Denver, which would be a reasonable commute for someone in the medical field, or Teller County - Florissant might fit the bill, and is about 45 minutes from CO Springs. Also, either one of those would be just a little over an hour to Breckenridge for the snow sports.
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Old 08-26-2017, 02:49 AM
 
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OP, IMO your ideal Colorado town is Taos, NM. Check it out. Well, it's not near a job center for yourself, but there's a hospital there, for your gf. Also, I don't know why Glenwood Springs wouldn't work, or Carbondale, which is smaller, and an easy drive to G. Springs, where there's a hospital and clinics. It's also an easy drive to Aspen, which has more medical centers, without being too close, meaning it's not affected by the tourist swarms. Good ski country.

A friend of mine, who's an alternative energy systems engineer, lives in Carbondale, and works remotely for an enviro org with offices in Basalt and Boulder CO (Rocky Mountain Institute), as well as China. There's a non-profit in Carbondale that teaches alternative energy systems installation to people who come in from around the world. (Solar Energy International) My friend helped Cuba get their solar energy utility up and running, and goes there every couple of years, for their international solar energy conference. You never know where enviro orgs may turn up, in CO. Even in small towns, they can be found. Rocky Mountain Institute is an award-winning, cutting-edge research org, and advises businesses and governments around the world in sustainable practices, environmentally sound and economically beneficial building design, and related matters.
https://www.solarenergy.org/
https://www.rmi.org/

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Old 08-28-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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Florence , Co about 4000 people 30 mins to Pueblo, Co it is described as Quaint turn of the Century shaded tree lined street town . Employment in Pueblo would be limited . The Pop in Pueblo is about 110 K.
Vestas Wind Systems has constructed the largest (nearly 700,000 square feet) wind turbine tower manufacturing plant in the world at Pueblo's industrial park.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas broke ground on the Comanche Solar project seven miles south of Pueblo in 2015.[35] When complete, it will be the largest solar energy farm east of the Rocky Mountains, and its backers say the project will produce electricity more cheaply than natural gas.[35] The project will cover 1,000 acres with 500,000 solar panels, providing a capacity of 156 megawatts of power — enough to supply 31,000 homes.[35] The project will be run by SunEdison, with a power purchase agreement signed by Xcel Energy.[35] A number of scientific studies now list Pueblo as the state's primary locale for solar energy development and the premier setting for solar companies to locate, placing it ahead of regional rivals such as Boulder, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico.[36]

In February 2017, Pueblo City Council voted to commit the city to 100% renewable energy by the year 2035.[37]

a positive future envisioned for Pueblo...
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