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Old 09-29-2009, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Hi everyone,
My 17 year old brother is graduating from high school this spring and I would like to move from Texas to Colorado. My brother and I spent many summers traveling to our dad's churchs in Colorado and developed a soft spot for the state. Since our parents passing and my brother's future enrollment in college (most likely in Louisiana), we have talked about moving from Texas to Colorado.

It would definitely give us a new and fresh start in a beautiful and healthy place. (Well, ok, mostly me since he will only visit at holidays and summer break lol)

A couple of questions I have for everyone here:

1. Are teachers in demand in Colorado? (I am currently working in the corporate arena but considering obtaining my teaching certificate)

2. What are some nice smaller towns (i.e. <60,000 ppl) outside of Denver or Colorado Springs? I have tried "big-city" life for the last few years and am frankly tired of it...would much rather prefer a "Mayberry-ish" style town

I have seen a lot about Lovelady, Evergreen etc, but wanted additional feedback. I have friends in Denver and we have friends of our parents living in Estes Park, Ft. Collins and Boulder, but these areas appear fairly high in cost of living.

Any information is greatly appreciated...

Thank you so much!
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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It is the City of Loveland and yes, I am sure, a Lovelady lives there. Loveland, Fort Collins are are consistently rated as some of the best cities in the nation to live.
The 15 Best Places to Reinvent Your Life
Fort Collins/Loveland Ranked # 1 by Boomers for Retirement
Fort Collins was rated the best place to live in 2006 by Money Magazine
Best Places to Live 2006 - Money Magazine

Fort Collins is probably more expensive because it gets more press and is home to Colorado State University. I like Loveland because it is more peaceful, as it is not in the middle of the student population but is close enough to Fort Collins for the amenities.

Boulder, Loveland, Fort Collins are not that far apart and Estes Park is just up the canyon from Loveland. Loveland may be the center area to get to all these areas, nicely. You could also look at Longmont, Louisville, and Lafayette. They are all smaller cities and conveniently located. Louisville was rated the best place to live in 2009 by Money Magazine Best Places to Live 2009 - from Money Magazine

For a real Mayberry type of town, I would choice the small town of Berthoud which is just north of Longmont and south of Loveland http://www.ci.berthoud.co.us/

You have many options of small cities in Northern Colorado with all those choices, I think you can find a good job. All these areas are easy to see as they are all off of Hwy 287 going north from Denver and Estes Park is just west up the Hwy. 34 from Loveland. Be sure to check out all the sculptures in Loveland Many are in this park http://www.sculptureinthepark.org/benson_park.html (broken link) but you will find them all over the city.

Livecontent

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Old 09-29-2009, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thank you so much LiveContinent! I will look into those options. I have time, so I am trying to plan my departure from Texas.

Thanks!
Heather
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Well, for small towns in Colorado I like Granby, Boulder and Estes Park.
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