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Old 08-09-2014, 09:23 PM
 
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Husband and I are looking to relocate to Denver within the next year. We are an interracial family, I am black, he is Hispanic/white and we have two small children. He currently works in fast food and I am currently a SAHM pursuing a college degree.

The move is far enough in the future that he may be able to line up a job before we arrive, but just in case, if we were to move with no jobs lined up, how long would we be able to make it unemployed on about 10k? Granted we'd be starting fresh and living very humbly, so public assistance would definitely be considered as well, which is another thing I'm curious about.

Is Denver's social services very helpful? Also, how is public transportation? How is the job market? Particularly in food service and healthcare. I was thinking about obtaining my CNA certification before we move, which of course I would have to update once we get there.

We are moving from North Carolina and are very desperate to get out of the bible belt, but with the cost of living in Denver being higher, I'm wondering how realistic it is to pack up and leave. We know a family in Denver that could be somewhat of a support system, but that's about it.

Honestly, are we in over our heads?

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Old 08-10-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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The cost of living in Denver is similar to North Carolina with one HUGE EXCEPTION: housing costs.
We ain't the Bible Belt.

Best if you get a job first. But, it will be difficult.

Spend a few hours reading posts here to get a feel for greater Denver.
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Old 08-10-2014, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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You will need jobs in order to rent an apartment. Even some rooming houses require a job in most cities.

Believe me, I've responded to ads on Craigslist about a move to another city. Even with savings, they need to see a local job.

Otherwise, I would have moved elsewhere even without a job.
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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I think you should obtain your CNA certification before you get there. I just moved to Fayetteville, NC, from Colorado Springs which is about an hour south of Denver and boy do I miss Colorado...but I digress (lol). My family and I hung out in Denver quite a bit and I loved it there. Would definitely contemplate moving there once my husband completes his military career.

Cost of living is definitely higher there, so I would probably secure a job there before moving. Good luck on whatever you decide! :-)
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:32 PM
 
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You'll need a job for sure to rent an apartment here. I have friends with several times that banked away, but no job. They have repeatedly had rental applications denied.
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:16 AM
 
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Depending on how well you control costs, you might last up to 4 months, but more likely 3. Are your kids too young for school? I'm assuming your husband is doing management in fast food, because flipping burgers doesn't pay for a stay at home mom.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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Thank you for all of the replies! Yes, husband is in management, and my oldest child will be starting kindergarten next fall; hopefully we will have moved by then. How is the restaurant/hospitality market in Denver? As well as healthcare? I know it would be pretty unrealistic for us to move without at least one of us having a job.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Thank you for all of the replies! Yes, husband is in management, and my oldest child will be starting kindergarten next fall; hopefully we will have moved by then. How is the restaurant/hospitality market in Denver? As well as healthcare? I know it would be pretty unrealistic for us to move without at least one of us having a job.
To my knowledge, both industries are doing well here. Lots of hospitals, and Wellpoint/Kaiser/United insurance companies have offices here. Plus the huge Anschutz medial campus in Aurora has many jobs and seems to always be expanding.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I responded in your other thread about the race thing.

Jobs before you come. We did it in 2007 with only job leads, thankfully it worked out, but it wasn't a comfortable situation. We had $6K coming from California, and to be honest, it wasn't enough.

Public assistance is hard to get in comparison to other states. It's more sink or swim here IMO.

Public transportation works well enough, as long as you aren't commuting deep into the suburbs.

What is the attraction to Denver, and are you considering other cities?
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:45 PM
 
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Thanks for your response. Yeah, we've definitely decided there's no way we're gonna try to do it without jobs first. He already has some leads as far as transferring within his company, etc. Moving costs will be minimal; the savings is more for getting set up once we're there.

As far as our attraction to Denver, I was so desperate for a fresh start far away from this environment, I pretty much just did a Google search for most liberal cities in US. Denver was on the list, is far enough away, I like what I'm reading about it and it was more realistic for us than other cities. We know someone who lives there who has nothing but good things to say about it & thinks I'll like the vibe. A lesbian couple we're very close to is also looking to move there soon for the exact same reasons (more liberal, open-minded, etc.). So we'd have more familiarity and more of a support system than anywhere else & it just seems like a decent place to raise a family.
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