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Old 01-31-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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My family will soon find out if we will be relocating to Meeker, CO. Please give me some insight about this town and community. I have been online but still feel there is more to know. I know it will be a big change since we are from the Houston area. I am trying to find out things I can not get from the internet sites. How hard will it be to adjust to the elevation? Are there many children and teen activities? Is this town a close family and how will they accept newcomers? As far as nature, are there any animals that we will need to look out for? This is just a few that I came up with but I will appreciate any advise and/or comments about anything else. Thank you!!!
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:34 AM
 
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Smile Grew up in Meeker 1975-1983

I grew up there, then lived in Louisiana, and Arkansas, .. even spent a few months in Houston when my brother was undergoing medical treatments. Recently, my wife and I have been back in the western CO area... just to give you some background on myself.
I have great memories of Meeker, it was a really nice town to grow up in. There is a cohesive spirit to the town in general, but the oldtimers in some of these towns, like everywhere, can take a while to warm up to you... luckily, my parents knew plenty of others who werent such oldtimers and I'd expect there are still plenty of relative newcomers as well.
I'll just address a few things that come to mind. 1. Meeker is small and a bit isolated, that can be a good thing except of course the big city amenities are lacking. Great hiking and outdoors right outside though.
2. Cookingwise, elevation there won't intrude too much on cooking, just a really minor adjustment for cakes maybe. Also, it takes water less time to come to a boil but longer to cook once it is boiling because the temp. is not to 212 degrees. So spaghetti noodles can take 15 min for example. It takes about 2 months to adjust to the elevation but it is just being a little more out of breath than usual.. no big deal.
3. Wild animals arent a problem,.. I was there 3 weeks back and did see a few roving deer, and they are bad about foraging on gardens.
4. Schools were great and I would assume they are still pretty good. Someone that lives there was telling me last week, that the housing prices are resisting coming down vs the bubble, but houses arent selling real well so you might talk 'em down a bit.
Hope this helps. big change from Houston but I expect you'll like it after the shock wears off
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Old 11-15-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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I am in line to get a position in meeker colorado. I was wondering what I could expect for a move to the area, rental pricing, city tax. any info available I would surely appreciate!
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:51 PM
 
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I've never spent a lot of time in Meeker, though have been through there lots of times.

It's forty miles north of Rifle off state 13. Population is small, a bit over 2500 I believe. Shopping is kinda sparse, wasn't that way until Walmart put in one of their super centers in Rifle a few years ago which DID affect local businesses.

It is not surrounded by 14,000 ft. mountains like Ridgway, Telluride, and those towns. But it's OK in its own way. The Flat Tops are east of there, good fishing with Avery and Trappers Lake east of there though it's an hours drive to Trappers. Rio Blanco reservoir is closer, maybe ten miles west. North of town is pretty hilly and barren known as the Danforth Hills.

Winters are rougher than you'll find in other western slope towns, an example would be last night's temperature there in Meeker was zero. The other towns on 1-70 to the south are in the teens, maybe low twenties. But summers are very pleasant, highs rarely over ninety, lows in the mid fifties. IMO perfect summer temps!

I think city tax is around 7.5%, not sure on rentals but I'm thinking you're better off looking for them now than a year ago at this time. Some of the energy companies such as Halliburton and Weatherford had work there but there has been huge cutbacks in that area. The town paper is the Rio Blanco times. Like most small town papers, you'll have to subscribe for their on line edition. The Chamber of commerce might be able to steer you in the right direction regarding rental housing. Medical services are pretty limited as you would expect for a town this size.

Thankfully you don't have a lot of greedmonger developers slapping up rows of houses there, and Meeker isn't for everybody. It's always been known as a ranching community. In the mid-70's I worked for Stearns Rogers on the first power plant near Craig, got to know several laborers who commuted from Meeker. I personally like the area myself.

Wish I could help you a bit more, we don't have a lot of people who post on the board from the Meeker-Craig area.

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Old 11-16-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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You should know what you're getting into. Are you familiar with Meeker? Have you ever lived in a tiny, dusty, western town in the middle of nowhere?
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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You should know what you're getting into. Are you familiar with Meeker? Have you ever lived in a tiny, dusty, western town in the middle of nowhere?
Amen to that, especially if you have teenagers. It'll take them about 30 seconds to get bored.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:59 PM
 
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bluescreen73 wrote:
It'll take them about 30 seconds to get bored.
What will keep them occupied for the first 30 seconds?
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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bluescreen73 wrote:
It'll take them about 30 seconds to get bored.
What will keep them occupied for the first 30 seconds?
Watching a plane land at the Meeker airport.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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I understand what I might get myself into, I am curious though, what it would cost me to rent a place until I decide to buy. The cost of living is curious to me, what does the average 3 to 4 bedroom home sell and rent for?
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I understand what I might get myself into, I am curious though, what it would cost me to rent a place until I decide to buy. The cost of living is curious to me, what does the average 3 to 4 bedroom home sell and rent for?
No idea. It's such a small, out of the way town that nobody here is going to know unless they actually live there.

For comparison purposes: a nice 3-bedroom house in GJ rents for $1100. GJ is about a two-hour drive from Meeker.
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