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Old 12-19-2006, 09:04 PM
 
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Hello. I am looking into different states to relocate to, and Colorado sounds interesting. I am looking into Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins. I have a few questions:

How's the weather in the winter?
How's the weather in the summer?
How is the job market? I am in graphic design.
Which city is best for me? I am a single, black female who loves the mountains and want to get into the many outdoor activities out there.
Since I am black, would I have a problem fitting in out there? I know that some cities in Colorado are the majority white. I don't have a problem with that, but I hope people are accepting.
How is housing? I plan to rent first, then hopefully buy a home.

Sorry for all the questions, but I greatly appreciate your help.
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Hey there!

You know there are so many great areas in Colorado to enjoy the mountains. I like Colorado Springs, because we live on the east side of town and can drive 10 minutes and go on a hike. We can go camping w/in 35 minutes of our house.
I am not familiar w/ the graphic design field. But you can look on dice, monster, etc and see where the jobs are, which can help narrow things down.
As far as race, that is not an issue at all. Race is not a issue here at all. In

Colorado you have 4 seasons. Summers don't get too hot, mostly the 80's give or take 15 degrees. Falls is gorgeous w/ the leave changing, winter is beautiful w/ the snow, but not so much that you are freaking out. Springs is beautiful w/ the flowers. You can do anything outside year around.

If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.. bashep
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Hello. I am looking into different states to relocate to, and Colorado sounds interesting. I am looking into Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins. I have a few questions:

How's the weather in the winter?
How's the weather in the summer?
Well, we're under a Blizzard Advisory here in the Front Range right now so . . . Honestly, I think that's pretty unusual but I've only been here 17 months. Most of the time we get a little snow that melts within 24 hours and temps are rarely at freezing.

In Summer it does get very hot and even dryer. We also get the occasional massive rainstorm that lasts for a day or more. It's supposed to rain every afternoon during the Summer but last year that didn't happen at all.
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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The last real blizzard we had before this one was in 2003, and you really only get a big storm like this one every few years....
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL - used to be nice, a dump now. Anyone speak English down here???
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Hello. I am looking into different states to relocate to, and Colorado sounds interesting. I am looking into Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins. I have a few questions:

How's the weather in the winter?
How's the weather in the summer?
How is the job market? I am in graphic design.
Which city is best for me? I am a single, black female who loves the mountains and want to get into the many outdoor activities out there.
Since I am black, would I have a problem fitting in out there? I know that some cities in Colorado are the majority white. I don't have a problem with that, but I hope people are accepting.
How is housing? I plan to rent first, then hopefully buy a home.

Sorry for all the questions, but I greatly appreciate your help.
Dude... all I can say it's the prettiest state in the USA and soooo healthy, there is mild/low traffic, it is very safe, no real danger from being murdered/raped/kidnapped trying to buy groceries or anything.

Even in the wintertime, the weather is sunny. The winters with sun are very tolerable, no question about it. It is not dreary and depressing like the MidWest.

Job wise, I am not sure check CareerBuilder.com Dice.com or MOnsterJobs.com and see what the opportunities are.

As for being black, lots of black people live in Denver, no one will be like "look she is black or anything". Orlando is almost all black and hispanic. If you don't mind the everyday hassles, and you think you will "fit better" in Orlando, try it, but it is expensive and safety is a mjaor problem.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:12 PM
 
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Thanks for the help, guys. I have another question. How is housing out there? Are houses reasonably priced? What cities that I mentioned are best for housing? Are apartments expensive too? I plan to rent before I buy.

Also, do you get blizzards pretty often? It's pretty bad out there now. I hope all of you in Colorado are safe and sound.
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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THow is housing out there? Are houses reasonably priced? What cities that I mentioned are best for housing? Are apartments expensive too? I plan to rent before I buy.
So, what is your definition of reasonably priced? You can find decent single family homes from $250K on up, but it really depends on the area.

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Also, do you get blizzards pretty often? It's pretty bad out there now. I hope all of you in Colorado are safe and sound.
Seeing as the last blizzard was 2003, then no, not so often. We are doing a good job of digging out. Once you can get out of the neighborhoods, the main roads are not so bad. People in 4WD/AWD have been getting around. Those dumb enough to try with a 2WD are getting stuck. We tried to help one guy (from CA) get his Geo Metro unstuck from our street. I guess they don't make them very well, since my neighbor nearly pulled his front bumper off trying to pull him out. We finally got him dug out and pushed over to the side of the street.

We've actually had a good time. One neighbor brought a fire pit onto his drive. A bunch of us stood around the fire and chatted, roasted marshmellows, drank cocoa, and watched the kids play and dig a snow fort.

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Old 12-21-2006, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I'm in CT right now, moving to CO in January......and I just can't believe how much snow you're getting out there and how unbelievably mild it is here in December. This December has been one of the warmest on record. I feel like Colorado knows I'm coming and trying to make me feel more at home. I'm so used to cold, snowy weather in the winter. I'm trying to get away from all that!!!! Is the weather you're having right now a glimpse into how this whole winter could turn out in Colorado this year? Just my luck!!! ha ha
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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I doubt it. We only get true blizzards every few years. Usually, it is only a few inches and is gone in a few days.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:15 PM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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we need the water
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