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Old 03-30-2010, 01:45 PM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Originally Posted by treedonkey View Post
I'm certain that Grand Junction will be your best bet to find a decent balance between job availability and cost of living.
Jobs? There's no jobs in Grand Junction. Lots of unemployment right now.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:05 PM
Location: Bend, OR
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Originally Posted by tk716 View Post
If you live in Colorado and know the Fort Collins vibe, I am kind of looking for the same open-minded, relaxed flow. I am also looking for a town with a higher population (ideally over 5,000). Help?
Originally Posted by 80skeys View Post
There's a small town on the Western slope called Collbran. It's a mountain town located on the east slope of the Grand Mesa. Very affordable. Beautiful area.

If that's not your thing, you could also try Delta and Crawford. These towns are located roughly along the Gunnison river.

Since your requirement is "affordable" stay away from Grand Junction. Housing/rent is ridiculous here for what you get.
Based on the other two criteria, I think you will find Collbran, Delta and Crawford exactly the opposite of what you're looking for. I worked in that area for the Forest Service and know Collbran and Delta well. They are beautiful yes, but basically ranching towns. As someone just moving out of your parents house, I'm sure you would find these towns a bit sleepy. There probably won't be many people your age, unless you want to hang out with the local high school crowd! I also think you would be hard pressed to find a job in these towns. Check out their populations!
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:12 PM
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I absolutely loved Fort Collins! When my husband and I moved there 3 years ago, we bought a great home in an awesome neighborhood...the schools were the best.But then our marriage ended and I was left there struggling to make the mortgage with two jobs and three young teens. With two incomes it's great or roomates,but a single mom with no help from ex,it's kinda rough,so I moved but I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could.Good luck!!!
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