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Old 04-05-2010, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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My husband and I are looking to possibly relocate to Colorado. We are searching for a small, conservative town with a decent driving time to Denver, or Colorado Springs for work. We are searching for a quite family friendly place to raise our son...where there are fields, farmers markets, good schools, etc. We are even open to other states you may know of that have towns like what we are looking for. We are just wanting a new start, a fresh place to call home. We are very country type people, with old fashioned conservative values and beliefs. Where we live now is just not us or where we want to be anymore. Any suggestions would be awesome. Thanks everyone.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:28 PM
 
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Small conservative towns near Colorado Springs would be Peyton, Woodland Park, and Monument. There are threads on these in the COLO SPGS forum, and you can find them easy with the search tool.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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The decent rural small towns of Colorado tend to be far away from the metro areas, but are severely lacking in decent jobs, while still having pretty high living costs. The ones within commuting distance of metro jobs are really just smaller sprawled, strip mall versions of suburbia. If you really want what is the more stereotypical version of small town America--walkable residential areas, a real Main Street, good schools, family values, etc.--you should look into some of the small to medium-size towns in the Midwest--places in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, the Dakotas, etc. There are some great communities there. The tradeoff is the lack of mountains and the somewhat rigorous climate, but many of the communities and their residents are really wonderful. And, in many of those communities, the local incomes are much more in sync with local living costs than can be found most anywhere in Colorado.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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Also Larkspur, midway btw Denver / COLO SPGS, and snugged up against the foothills along HWY 105, south of Castle Rock.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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It cracks me up when people call Parker, Woodland Park, etc. typical small towns. They are sprawled messes lacking a true "traditional" downtown--more like, as a small town retailer friend of mine likes to call them, "strip malls out in a former pasture." Neither do most such towns have the social/culture fabric of a small town--they are generally just an extension of suburbia, with the same hedonistic, materialistic, "me-first" mindset so typical in suburbia. The fact that most people who sing their praises probably never lived in a "real" small town in Colorado, or likely anywhere else, should be instructive.

By the way, I've lived all over Colorado, from urban to rural, including some stretches in some TRUE small towns, not some recreational or suburban caricature of one. I know the difference.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:25 AM
 
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The best place I can recommend is Canon City, about an hour south west of Colorado Springs. The real estate is super cheap, it has agreat old down town on the west side, with WalMart and other modern stores in the east. People have cows grazing in their front yards, and kids still walk to school. There is a large Menenite presence here, and beutiful stone churches in old town. Ranch properties are all around the town, and the big entertainment for us is garage sales and thrift stores. Not many good jobs, but great living. The demographics are 97% white, 1.5% hispanic, and 1.5% "other".
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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Not commute distance to COS but Branson is one town that has everything you describe. It is a reasonable distance to Trinidad.
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