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Old 09-05-2011, 01:57 PM
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My mind is partially made up about moving to Denver. Half of what I read is good reviews saying its a beautiful place to raise a family, good living costs, ect. The other half is bad reviews saying the job market's fluctuating, slow and tight. I need some information on a couple topics:

1.Cost of living: It's gonna be me, my gf, our 2 year old, and a newborn. What's the rent rates for a 3 br, 2 bath. Also, what's the best area as well to obtain an apartment that fits my description. Also, my price range is between $0-800. Lastly, how would that work out meaning me moving from another state with no job, how would I be able to rent when I know that you need a job to rent an apartment. I'll be moving to the area with about $10,000 in savings. What are the utility rates as well (water, electricity, sewage and garbage)? How much should I be looking to spend a month total on utilities?

2. Job market: Like I said above I hear good things about the job market, as well as bad things. But I've been reading on various websites (monster.com, indeed.com, jobing.com and Craigslist.com) and there are really good choices for entry-level positions. Now a little about my job history. I have my G.E.D., and my work history is 2 years residential construction, my current job right now is roofing, I have 1 year kitchen restaurant experience and about 3 or 4 months doing prewires and fire alarm installations. Which of those industries are booming right now.

3. Safety: That in itself is self-explanatory lol. That is the main reason I'm moving my family from this horrible, horrible city. The rate its going now, by the time my kids are my age no telling what they'll be into. I've read really good things about the safety in Denver.

4. Food: I've read a bunch of things about this topic. Some good, some bad. What is the most I would spend a month on groceries?

That's about it. Now my plan is to move late April/ early may. I'll have about $10,000 in savings to get a headstart out there. That should par me a good bit, or not. Thanks.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:34 PM
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Up until now I didn't even know how cheap foreclosures were in Denver, Colorado.

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As for the job, you could always find a hotel when first arriving. I highly suggest against coming here first before getting a job on savings like that.

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3 bedroom apartments usually go for more than $800 a month easily. Unless you're looking at the very low standards of living apartments. Then I wouldn't be able to find them on the Internet and I wouldn't be able to tell you how much they really go for each month. But now I'm wondering why some people don't buy foreclosed homes instead of renting.

A question you can answer for us is how close you want to be to downtown Denver. Getting closer to the capital city of Colorado has its pros and cons. Safety may be an issue getting closer as one would expect. I'm not so sure about the construction industry growth here in Colorado since we followed the entire country with the plummeting house market. I think you might have a better chance with the kitchen restaurant experience. Some people seem to have work experience but employers like relevant work experience.

There are definitely a ton of jobs on Indeed.com but it's like Google in that the results are not FILTERED like careerbuilder.com. The results sometimes don't have any relevance to what you're trying to search up even though keywords match up. There may be a lot of job openings but the number of openings doesn't give an accurate view of how many people are actually being hired.
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