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Old 05-27-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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My wife and I are seriously considering moving to Colorado. I was born in Canon City and vacationed there all the time when I was a kid. Always longed to move there again. I've lived in Nebraska most of my life and I despise it.

I do factory work. I have a great work history. My wife is a waitress and a tattoo artist (legit tattoo artist). We don't have kids nor do we plan on having any. We have two dogs (doberman and a pit bull) that are our best friends. I understand it is going to be rough finding a place to rent that will accept them.

We are looking for some sort of hidaway in the mountains. Have considered Leadville or Fairplay. There doesn't seem to be much factory work though and that is where my experience lies.

We would like to find a place with a population anywhere form 1000 to like 50000. Not too picky. Cost of living is a pretty big issue though. We are used to paying $185 a month on our mortgage. I realize that is pretty unreal for Colorado. We are looking for places under $1000 to rent.

We're going on vacation at the end of June for a few days to check out a few towns up in the mountains. Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Thanx
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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Colorado really is not a manufacturing-friendly state anymore, and the exodus of a lot of manufacturing from here in the last 30 years shows it (sort of a related subject was broached by Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen recently: http://www.denverpost.com/quillen/ci_15034477 ). There is very little manufacturing outside of the Fort Collins-Denver-Pueblo corridor. There is some around Grand Junction that is centered around the energy companies, but they are hurting right now.

The cost of living issue is probably the deal-killer for you. The affordability index (wages compared to living costs) is not very favorable anywhere in Colorado, and is especially bad in any of the mountain areas. Nebraska is not that far from Colorado. Why not enjoy the better employment situation, lower living costs, and non-tourist-dominated economy in Nebraska--and come to Colorado to vacation? There are quite a few Coloradans figuring out that doing that makes more sense than half-starving to death in the rural Colorado economy. And, aside from no mountains, why is Nebraska so disagreeable to you? I've traveled Nebraska a lot, and some of the nicest small to medium-sized communities anywhere can be found there, in my opinion.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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why don't you look in the town where you were born

Seriously, Canon City has a very low cost of living (you can rent a nice size house for under $1000 a month) and there are several factories here including a ceramics plant, a concrete factory, and a model rocket factory.

There are many restaurants which are always hiring and there are also a couple of tatoo places if your wife is looking for work in that area.

As for your dogs, this is a really dog-friendly place and I don't think you will have any trouble renting a place with them.
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Del Norte NM
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I agree with sesamekid. Actually the Pueblo area offers some nice places to live for some very reasonable rent. And, you are very close to the mountains.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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There's coal mining that's done in western Colorado. Hiring might be kinda slow (or maybe not) but western CO is made up of small communities some of which are up in the mountains. If you could land a job you'd probably enjoy living there.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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I agree with sesamekid. Actually the Pueblo area offers some nice places to live for some very reasonable rent. And, you are very close to the mountains.
Just keep in mind that by 'very close' what Zias really means is that on a clear day if you stand on top of a building you can see them with binoculars.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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There's coal mining that's done in western Colorado. Hiring might be kinda slow (or maybe not) but western CO is made up of small communities some of which are up in the mountains. If you could land a job you'd probably enjoy living there.
Currently, the coal mines are laying off, not hiring, with likely some more layoffs coming.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Just keep in mind that by 'very close' what Zias really means is that on a clear day if you stand on top of a building you can see them with binoculars.
actually if you drive due west from Pueblo you'll be in some real nice mountains in about an hour.
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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actually if you drive due west from Pueblo you'll be in some real nice mountains in about an hour.
I agree, the Wet mtns and other mountains west of Pueblo are real nice indeed. Its just that an hour's drive is not VERY CLOSE by Colorado standards.
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:49 PM
 
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I'm totally cool with moving to Canon City. What is the town like? Is there plenty of stuff to do? What is shopping like? Target, Walmart, organic foods? Any skiing nearby?

Also, anyone know what the music scene is like in that area. I am a guitarist. Love playing in rock and metal bands. I also do some DJing. Love electronic music. Is there any night life there?

How hard is it to get on at the prison? My mother actually worked there when she was pregnant with me. I dont have to work in manufacturing. I have leadership experience as I am a foreman at the plant I work at. Anyone know how hard it is to become a rafting guide or something like that. I want to adapt to Colorado life and if it isn't a "manufacturing friendly" place, I guess I need to break into a different industry.

Also, any colleges nearby? Would like to go back to school to study a career that is more conducive for the area. Maybe geology or renewable energy.

Thanx for the suggestion. I had thought of moving there but figured it was more of a tourist town.
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