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Old 08-21-2017, 09:59 AM
 
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My gf and I have been tossing around the idea of moving to Colorado for the past 6 months now. We both have a pretty good idea of what we want, but every time I start researching places to live out there the Internet seems to think there's nothing but tourist locations, vacation destinations and big cities in the state. I come from a town of 2000 residents and I think even that is too many people for me. I want to be away from the big cities, easy access to hunting/fishing grounds, winter sports without having to live in the alpine, dirt roads, peaceful country living, but close enough to a shopping center that I can go run out and grab something I don't have without having to pack an extra gas can and a survival kit to make the trek to the grocery store. Anybody got names of cities or a region I should look into?
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Craig, Hayden, Meeker, Montrose, Rangely, Delta, and Rifle. That'll give you a good start.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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What kind of work do you need to have available?
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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My gf works in the medical field and before we move I will have to go to school for a change in direction. Right now I'm a roll former operator (living in the rust belt). Hoping to get a degree in environmental science. I was thinking it's probably a good idea to stay in the foothills/front range area so that she can work, but it's tough to find places that don't pop up as tourist locations immediately.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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My gf works in the medical field and before we move I will have to go to school for a change in direction. Right now I'm a roll former operator (living in the rust belt). Hoping to get a degree in environmental science. I was thinking it's probably a good idea to stay in the foothills/front range area so that she can work, but it's tough to find places that don't pop up as tourist locations immediately.
If that's the case forget the towns I mentioned. They're all on the Western Slope and most of them are pretty isolated.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:17 AM
 
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I was thinking it's probably a good idea to stay in the foothills/front range area so that she can work, but it's tough to find places that don't pop up as tourist locations immediately.
Perhaps Rollinsville, Ward, Goldhill, or Nederland above Boulder.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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There is something wrong with your search methodology if you haven't found non-resort places as we have plenty of small towns. However, the best employment opportunities tend to be along the Front Range within a short commute of the largest cities.

Maybe start here to get a list of city population sizes. Then you can start sorting by county location. Then decide what, if any, jobs are available in those areas.

List of cities.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ns_in_Colorado

Possible jobs
https://www.connectingcolorado.com/
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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The west doesn't have small towns located near places where you can find a job in the same way the east and Midwest do.
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Old 08-21-2017, 01:13 PM
 
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Some front range names: Laporte, Berthoud,Sedalia, maybe Palmer Lake / Larkspur, Colorado City.
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Old 08-21-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Chacra, Colorado
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