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Old 11-02-2017, 03:42 PM
 
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Hello all,
I am looking for some advice on moving to Colorado.
I am young and I have 4 dogs who will be coming with me. I have recently had the option of making a move from my hometown of Knoxville, TN. I have lived here my whole life, and wanted to leave since I was 13.
Colorado has really stood out to me, as well as Washington State.
I have done some research and have been drawn to Boulder area. I have no plans other than planning the move in late March.
I am looking for somewhere I can buy a house or rent and have plenty of space for my crazy pack of dogs. I know most of Colorado is dog friendly, I am just concerned about prices and finding the right place for me to settle down.
I have been working a year now as a Phlebotomist, so I figure finding a job would not be difficult.
I hate the traffic where I live now and would prefer not to live in a big city.
Ideally, I would love a home surrounded by woods and miles from the closest neighbor. I know we cannot have everything we want, but I really crave somewhere where you're not on top of each other.
I love the mountains and am looking for a place that has clean air, access to fresh food, and places where my dogs can run around and not cause trouble. I am single and do not have any family accompanying me.
Any advice from anyone would be appreciated! There are so many places to consider I just don't know how to narrow it down.
Thanks
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:40 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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And you posted this inquiry in the INTERNET forum, as opposed to the COLORADO forum, where hundreds of folks are asking the same questions ?

http://www.city-data.com/forum/colorado/
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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And you posted this inquiry in the INTERNET forum, as opposed to the COLORADO forum, where hundreds of folks are asking the same questions ?

http://www.city-data.com/forum/colorado/
Because internet and Colorado have the same number of letters.
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:17 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Hello all,
I am looking for some advice on moving to Colorado.
I am young and I have 4 dogs who will be coming with me. I have recently had the option of making a move from my hometown of Knoxville, TN. I have lived here my whole life, and wanted to leave since I was 13.
Colorado has really stood out to me, as well as Washington State.
I have done some research and have been drawn to Boulder area. I have no plans other than planning the move in late March.
I am looking for somewhere I can buy a house or rent and have plenty of space for my crazy pack of dogs. I know most of Colorado is dog friendly, I am just concerned about prices and finding the right place for me to settle down.
I have been working a year now as a Phlebotomist, so I figure finding a job would not be difficult.
I hate the traffic where I live now and would prefer not to live in a big city.
Ideally, I would love a home surrounded by woods and miles from the closest neighbor. I know we cannot have everything we want, but I really crave somewhere where you're not on top of each other.
I love the mountains and am looking for a place that has clean air, access to fresh food, and places where my dogs can run around and not cause trouble. I am single and do not have any family accompanying me.
Any advice from anyone would be appreciated! There are so many places to consider I just don't know how to narrow it down.
Thanks
advice: (Having lived 30 yrs in each...WA and CO) Consider WA
No income tax (This (plus working night shift) was a big help in retiring 15 yrs early) Wages are better in WA too! MUCH better!
Much of the 'western' part of WA has DENSE forests (Colorado has at BEST very sparse forests (often BROWN with beetle kill)
VERY ez to garden (year round)
Dog friendly
Varied economy
MANY choices of location (near employment) BTW: there are 20+ hospitals / clinics near Vancouver, WA and Portland OR (within 20 min)

the worst situation... DENVER (IMHO)...
  • mtns are 30 - 40 min away from much of Denver (and a million people are heading there too)
  • Traffic is TERRIBLE
  • Water is in very short supply
  • Cost of living can be QUITE high in the few desirable places (like Boulder)
  • Many people ON TOP of you
  • Increased gun violence (angry males with access to guns, seeking freedom)
  • Political strife (Deemed Battleground state)

Other options (as good or better than CO... MT / OR (No sales tax), or... WY, SD, AK (No income tax)

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Old 11-02-2017, 10:32 PM
 
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Relocated to Colorado forum.

Need more details as to budget, etc
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Old 11-02-2017, 10:43 PM
 
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I think rentals with dogs could be a real issue. It's one reason, the main reason, I am building a new house for my move to CO, and not renting. I also have four dogs. My new town limits four dogs per household, too.

I think OP might find Boulder very crowded, although the Flatirons are beautiful. Expensive too.
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Old 11-02-2017, 11:39 PM
 
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Consider Boulder creek canyon area, Lyons, Laporte and west / northwest of Golden.
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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It looks like you would make about $32K per year in Colorado:

https://www1.salary.com/CO/Phlebotomist-salary.html

Finding a large wooded lot with a house for that salary is unrealistic unless you bring a huge pile of money along.
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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It looks like you would make about $32K per year in Colorado:

https://www1.salary.com/CO/Phlebotomist-salary.html

Finding a large wooded lot with a house for that salary is unrealistic unless you bring a huge pile of money along.
Yeah. Colorado prices are not going align with desires.

How Colorado (Denver Metro) became one of the least affordable places in the U.S.

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Old 11-03-2017, 11:33 AM
 
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nope nope nope sorry...
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