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Old 01-03-2017, 10:12 PM
 
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Hi all,

I'm currently a second semester junior at a public university in Illinois. I will graduate in the Spring of 2018 with an Adult & Community Education degree with a Spanish minor and Latin American Studies minor (it was only two more classes). I know mentioning my student loan burden is important to include in terms of budgeting, ect. That said, I will have approximately $35,000 is student loans once I graduate.

That said, my degree is very human service-oriented. Anticipated job placement ranges from non-profits (not on the top of my list), workforce development, student success centers at college/universities, and community efforts for non-English speaking individuals (hence, my chosen minors). My take-home income will probably be around the same as my student loans, which isn't not great. However, that's also based off central Illinois economy and cost of living.

I written several thread about the potential move to Denver and found that it's entirely too expensive for particular situation. That being said, I was hoping that you, the good people of city-data, could fill me in on the Fort Collins area as well as places right in between the two cities.

Anyways, here it is!

1. As a future renter and human service worker, is the monthly rent more tolerable in Fort Collins? I mentioned my anticipated income. If I wanted to get a second job in the Fort Collins area, could I live relatively comfortably?

2. Is Fort Collins' human services sector well-funded/supported? I know in Illinois, human services are constantly facing budget cuts.

3. Is Fort Collins easily adaptable? I come from a very small farming town of 4,400 people. After getting my feet wet, some experience and know-how, is Fort Collins a pretty easy place to commute in? Driving, public transportation, morning/evening traffic, ect.

4. If there is decent public transportation (bus, train, subway, ect), do they extend out to the burbs?

5. This really is not as important to others as it is to me, but what's the music scene like? I'm an avid concert goer and I know that Denver is the one-stop city before bands typically head to Cali. However, Fort Collins has a very large university in it that is bound to attract smaller acts. Does Fort Collins get live music, or is it flyover country because of Denver?

6. What is Fort Collins' local business, restaurant, and retail store "vibe" like? Decent amount of options?

7. I mentioned this above, but what are some cities (of any size) that are located in the middle of these two cities that sort of have what I'm looking for? I'm not opposed to living in Fort Collins at all, but, admittedly, I do want to reap the benefits of Denver.

I can't really think of anything else at the moment. If you have any more information, suggestions, hints, tips, or fun facts, please let me know! I genuinely appreciate your help! Thank you so much!
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:52 AM
 
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As far as "reaping the benefits of Denver" goes, if you live in the Ft. Collins area, you'll have a drive to get to Denver. It's a 1 hour/8 minute drive or 65 miles.
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Denver heading north- Brighton, Lafeyette, Ft Lupton, Berthoud, Loveland, Windsor. None really have what your looking for though as these are predominately bedroom communities full of families or farmers.

You may have to pick Ft Collins or Denver. Hard to split the difference.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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You are overblowing the cost of living. Find a roommate. You'll be fine.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:54 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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