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Old 12-27-2018, 12:20 PM
 
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My husband has accepted a promotion at work, and we are moving to Alamosa, CO. We currently live in Grand Junction, CO. I have looked through so many threads, and they just all say not to. Itís cold. Itís desolate. The fact is that we are moving to Alamosa. This isnít a should we question, the job has been accepted, weíre going. I was born and raised in Montana, so I am very familiar with freezing temps, and needing a jacket at night even in the middle of summer. It will be an adjustment for our kids, but theyíll live. Iím also not concerned with being in the middle of nowhere. I actually prefer it. I do lots of online shopping, and can make do with whatís available. Iím also not concerned with the economy. My husbandís job isnít going anywhere, and Iím currently a stay at home mom, and plan to continue. We are going to be going down soon to look at houses. Are there any areas that are better than others? There were a couple houses in Sanford we were looking at online, but then we learned that Sanford is a very Mormon area, so now we are rethinking. We donít have anything against Mormons, but we arenít Mormon, and donít want our kids feeling different or left out at school because they arenít. Any other areas like that, that maybe we should avoid? So, weíve been looking in Alamosa, and just outside. I grew up in Montana with some land, and would like to have some land.
My husband and son are very concerned with the quality of internet. How is the internet there? Is it better in town? Or can you be outside of town a little, and still have good internet? My son will be in high school next year, and plays sports. Is Alamosa the best area for athletics? Any parts of town to avoid, if we do choose to live in Alamosa? If we get a house with a couple acres, do we need to worry about water? Or should it be okay since the house and well are already established? Any certain questions I may need to ask regarding that issue? Anything else that maybe helpful? Thanks!
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Old 12-27-2018, 01:01 PM
 
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IMO you'll do fine in Alamosa. Visited once and liked it. If you're willing to live in Sanford, which is about 15 miles south of town then you have a wide area in which to search.

There are no supermarkets in Sanford or LaJara, you'll be driving up to Alamosa for everything, including movies, restaurants and various forms of shopping, medical, etc. Why not just live in/near town so kids have a variety of other kids to socialize with and husband has a short drive to work. Just my two cents.
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Old 12-27-2018, 01:10 PM
 
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You will be close to a lot of outdoor stuff in almost all directions similar to Grand Junction.
I have nothing against Mormons, but I've worked with them. They tend to bond better with other Mormons.
I would personally live closer to town. As you head south to the New Mexican border, it gets pretty desolate.
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Old 12-27-2018, 01:28 PM
 
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Don't forget also that Alamosa is a college town, too. You'll be fine.
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:39 PM
 
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Since you're fine with almost everything everyone else complains about when it comes to living in the valley, you'll do fine. Sanford has the best schools, but any of the towns surrounding Alamosa are good places to live too, keeping in mind that the temperature here as I am typing this at 8:40PM is -12 degrees. Should be around -20 by morning.

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Old 12-29-2018, 10:19 PM
 
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I don't know the quality of the ratings but one school rating site has Sargent School in Monte Vista highly rated (9 on scale of 10) while Alamosa is fairly low rated (5). Del Norte is in rated in between (7).


Alamosa has about 500 students. The other two around 125-150. Do you or your student have a preference?


You'd be closer to the mountains in the two smaller towns. Options. Some older neighborhoods with big shade trees made an impression on me rolling thru.


Fwiw, the same school site suggests Sanford spends a very high amount but rated on par with Alamosa, there.


If you can, talk to educators and parents directly or find the conversation about the schools on social media or in the newspapers.

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Old 12-29-2018, 10:33 PM
 
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NW Crow is absolutely right. I wasn't paying enough attention. I meant to say that the Sargent school district is the best around here, not Sanford.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:51 PM
 
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Alamosa is probably in a higher division for sports and may have more offerings. Does level of competition matter? There all small to modest sized schools compared to what's typical in bigger cities / suburbs. Alamosa may travel farther to get to bigger town opponents.

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Old 12-30-2018, 06:10 AM
 
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Colorado Life magazine Colorado Life
has a story on Alamosa this month.
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:22 AM
 
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Adams State College has a program for high school students to earn concurrent credit.


https://ahs.alamosa.k12.co.us/athletics-c2cc6bf5
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