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Old 02-14-2019, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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For WY... preferred destinations / schools with lower housing costs = Powell, (jr College + hospital), Sheridan (Jr College and Hospital, but more expensive (and pretty) than Powell.

Lovell, Worland, Newcastle, Sundance, Torrington....

I was thinking Centennial and Saratoga as closer to CO. Encampment is very small town, but quite close to CO and very nice community.

Colorado... (lower cost housing than CoS);
Gunnison, (Cold)... Montrose, Del Norte, Alamosa, Salida, Grand Junction, Craig, Kremmling (Note these are FAR different cities (towns) than Austin! But very nice communities).
I'm from Craig. Still have family there. Wouldn't, under any circumstance, recommend it to someone who's looking for good schools. The Moffat County School District (Re: No 1) sucks. The Middle School is a 2 on a 10 scale, and the High School is a 3.

Healthcare in Craig is also terrible. The level of incompetence at Memorial Hospital is astounding.

On top of that it's extremely isolated, not very scenic, and cliquish as hell.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Few things to throw out there without getting in to a lot of detail...

Colorado does have cedar, juniper, scrub oak and other allergens. Location can increase or decrease the exposure to these. Certainly recommend testing to see if there are potential issues with other flora that could impact you.

Most school rating systems are not accurate in most school districts in Colo Spgs and possibly the state. They tend to be somewhat outdated. Additionally, at least in most metros, the highest performing students are all going to be on similar academic levels through the various districts.

What are you looking for in access and ammenities that would make you consider Colo Spgs or Denver metro over other areas? Are more rural areas an option? Knowing this may open up or restrict access to good school and low cost housing. For example, Sargent Schools in the San Luis valley are very good and there are some very reasonable housing options there. Boulder Valley Schools are also excellent but real estate there is no where near inexpensive.
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:16 PM
 
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You must have missed my Crested Butte and Black Canyon photo tours. Drove back and forth on the Million Dollar Highway a couple of times. Telluride, Ouray, very jagged peaked mountains.

Must see places around Montrose?

Can't find a photo tour. I just dropped a few pics in someone else's Montrose thread.

Can't find my Crested Butte pics now, but here's someone else's nice Hwy 550 pics ( Million dollar hwy)

http://www.city-data.com/forum/49023587-post644.html



You're welcome.

You have some rep now.

I attached a link to a bunch of photo threads below. Should be some conversations of the Pueblo County and Southern Colorado area in there.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/14292208-post20.html
Those are some pretty special parts of the state. The view from the Springs is nice, but I have to give my vote for views to Telluride. How many towns have a 1000 foot waterfall at the end of Main St?
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:16 PM
 
Location: The 719
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I think you mean Cheyenne, not Cherokee?
I think Longmire lives in Cherokee.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:18 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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as with ANY school situation / choice... much comes down to parental engagement with child (at home and in schools).
Great schools / ratings are ONLY stats (which are ez to tweak and do not represent a nurtured learning atmosphere.
Small towns / schools have +/-, and still require engagement.

Big cities... yet another set of school issues (but the latitude to change schools is needed (to a different set of problems)).

For High school, I would not consider moving my kids into a new social (school) environment. There are a LOT of options (online, College, homeschool, small business proprietor, indentured apprentice... PT weekend schools, boarding schools ) We visited in a Boston Commune where all kids were 'indentured' into a skilled trade at age 13. The parents were very successful career CS, IT, professors, CFO's, Dr's, lawyers... they wanted their kids to have a skilled trade BEFORE they went off to college (good idea).

My Colorado High School (and middle school) was a waste for me, and very counterproductive to my current and future objectives / successes.
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:52 PM
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Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Unfortunately, it costs a fortune to live in Telluride. Colorado in general has become a very expensive place to live - especially if you want a place with good school districts. While the true cedar is not indigenous to Colorado, we do have plenty of juniper which people often call "cedar" because the two species resemble one another, and many people here develop allergies to juniper pollen. I have been up in the mountains south of Colorado Springs in June when there was so much pine pollen that the air appeared to sparkle with it. I too have allergies, and in my case my allergies are much worse on the Front Range. My allergies are somewhat better here on the Western Slope, but even out here I get bad allergy attacks from time to time. I'm afraid that wherever you go in the Western US, you are going to run into pine pollen of one kind or another.

Another thing that is beginning to become a problem is the smoke from wildfires - both near and far. Last summer we had a couple of very bad forest fires here in the Four Corners, and the smoke from those combined with the smoke that drifted in from the California fires made it miserable for me with my allergies to set foot out of doors.

Grand Junction might be a possibility, but it surrounded by juniper trees and can get very warm in the summers. Pagosa Springs in SW Colorado might also work, but it too can be expensive. I live in Cortez in a very scenic region about 6 miles south of town. Cortez is less expensive than most, but the schools here are among the worst in Colorado. Have you considered Flagstaff, Arizona? It's right on the Mogollon Plateau/Rim so it's very scenic, has a cooler climate than the rest of Arizona and is home to Northern Arizona University, so the schools there should be better than some.

I would also check out Idaho from Boise on north - spectacular scenery and the housing may be cheaper in Boise (have checked lately, so not sure).

Here are a few pix of where I live in the Cortez region - very scenic, but be prepared to homeschool your kids.





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Old 02-14-2019, 02:11 PM
 
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I think Longmire lives in Cherokee.
I have to admit everytime I think of Wyoming Longmire comes to my mind lol
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Old 02-14-2019, 02:17 PM
 
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Unfortunately, it costs a fortune to live in Telluride. Colorado in general has become a very expensive place to live - especially if you want a place with good school districts. While the true cedar is not indigenous to Colorado, we do have plenty of juniper which people often call "cedar" because the two species resemble one another, and many people here develop allergies to juniper pollen. I have been up in the mountains south of Colorado Springs in June when there was so much pine pollen that the air appeared to sparkle with it. I too have allergies, and in my case my allergies are much worse on the Front Range. My allergies are somewhat better here on the Western Slope, but even out here I get bad allergy attacks from time to time. I'm afraid that wherever you go in the Western US, you are going to run into pine pollen of one kind or another.

Another thing that is beginning to become a problem is the smoke from wildfires - both near and far. Last summer we had a couple of very bad forest fires here in the Four Corners, and the smoke from those combined with the smoke that drifted in from the California fires made it miserable for me with my allergies to set foot out of doors.

Grand Junction might be a possibility, but it surrounded by juniper trees and can get very warm in the summers. Pagosa Springs in SW Colorado might also work, but it too can be expensive. I live in Cortez in a very scenic region about 6 miles south of town. Cortez is less expensive than most, but the schools here are among the worst in Colorado. Have you considered Flagstaff, Arizona? It's right on the Mogollon Plateau/Rim so it's very scenic, has a cooler climate than the rest of Arizona and is home to Northern Arizona University, so the schools there should be better than some.

I would also check out Idaho from Boise on north - spectacular scenery and the housing may be cheaper in Boise (have checked lately, so not sure).

Here are a few pix of where I live in the Cortez region - very scenic, but be prepared to homeschool your kids.

I think Flagstaff has lots of Juniper/Cedar as well but will take a look at it.

I wouldn't have a problem home schooling my kids (I have a 4yo, a 2yo and a 1yo) the concern right now is the 4yo as he's about to start school.

Pine might not be an issue to me, but as other said, would be good to have some skin/blood testing done to determine what is going to cause me issues before moving.
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Old Yesterday, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Old Yesterday, 10:57 AM
 
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Hello,

I'm looking for insight/help as I'm planning to move from Austin Texas to Colorado (so far I'm thinking of Colorado Springs).

The reason I'm moving is because I'm not doing well with Cedar / Oak / Mold allergies in Austin, I saw that Colorado doesn't have Cedar pollen in the winter, and after experiencing cedar fever I think that Oak is not the biggest concern anymore.

I'm from a part in Mexico where altitude and dryness is almost the same than Colorado, so I'm used to it and I can bear it better than humidity and mold, I'm a little concerned about cold, but dryness also help feel less cold, what I mean is that you can have a low temperature but if you have humidity, it will feel worse than a colder temperature at a drier place.

The problem I'm finding now is that I'm not sure if Cedar is an issue in Colorado at any other moment during the year... is it?

Also I don't seem to find affordable housing in Colorado Springs with good schools, the rating for schools is lower than the average rating in Austin, could you recommend any area in Colorado Springs or any other city with more affordable housing and better school districts than Colorado Springs?

I was considering also Oklahoma City, but the tornadoes seem scary.

Also was considering Bentonville Arkansas, but the humidity is not better than in Austin, so might not be worth moving as allergies would not greatly improve.

Thanks for your help and comments.
What about West Texas?

Lubbock and Amarillo are pretty dry, and you can buy a really nice house for 150-200k. Decent sized cites with lots of job opportunities. I enjoyed my time in Amarillo, the canyon for riding dirt bikes, shooting and partying is amazing.

I Love Denver, but itís not cheap here. CO Springs isnít cheap either. The rest of cities it would be tough finding work.
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