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Old 01-01-2014, 01:35 PM
 
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I know these two cities are very different, especially in size. But I have found myself in a somewhat difficult situation and would like to hear what the locals have to say.

My fiance has a great job offer in Greeley that will start in the early spring. As for me, I would need to earn minimum $11/hr but preferably at least $12/hr. I have extensive administrative and customer relations experience (with a Bachelor's in International Relations).

So here is my dilemma:
**Option one, we both live in Greeley** I have tried doing some research on employment in Greeley and surrounding areas (I will not commute more than 30-40 minutes) and it seems like employment is scarce and wages are quite low. My question is, will it be nearly impossible to find employment for the wages mentioned above in Greeley and surrounding areas?

**Option two, I live in Denver (tops 20-25 mins from Denver) while my fiancee lives in free corporate housing in Greeley** With this option, I would not see my fiance for 21 days in a row but would then have him at home the following 9ish days. We would only be doing this for 12-18 months. Denver seems to have more employment and possibly slightly higher wages so this may be a good option. Please keep in mind my fiance will not commute, do not want to go into details but commute is not possible for him.

I would love to hear what the locals have to say about this. Thank you!!
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:14 PM
 
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I know these two cities are very different, especially in size. But I have found myself in a somewhat difficult situation and would like to hear what the locals have to say.

My fiance has a great job offer in Greeley that will start in the early spring. As for me, I would need to earn minimum $11/hr but preferably at least $12/hr. I have extensive administrative and customer relations experience (with a Bachelor's in International Relations).

So here is my dilemma:
**Option one, we both live in Greeley** I have tried doing some research on employment in Greeley and surrounding areas (I will not commute more than 30-40 minutes) and it seems like employment is scarce and wages are quite low. My question is, will it be nearly impossible to find employment for the wages mentioned above in Greeley and surrounding areas?

**Option two, I live in Denver (tops 20-25 mins from Denver) while my fiancee lives in free corporate housing in Greeley** With this option, I would not see my fiance for 21 days in a row but would then have him at home the following 9ish days. We would only be doing this for 12-18 months. Denver seems to have more employment and possibly slightly higher wages so this may be a good option. Please keep in mind my fiance will not commute, do not want to go into details but commute is not possible for him.

I would love to hear what the locals have to say about this. Thank you!!
There are many people who commute from Greeley to Denver every day. Why would you have to go 21 days without seeing your fiance? You *will* have a car, right?
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Fort Lupton CO
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I am not certain as to why you hava a min wage listed, but Greeley has very affordable housing costs that corelate with prevailing wages. Also, most jobs in Greeley that deal with customers or the public directly will like for you to be bilingual (Spanish & English) and they will prefer those who do have that skill. So, those will be the jobs that get the higher wages.

I did once come across a statistic that researched commuting on the front range corridor, and it was something like 60% of Coloradoans commute is 25 mins or more.(I bet it can be found on the C-D forum somewhere) Because of our geography, Your limit to 30-40 mins for your commute would put Loveland in your radar and the oportunities that come with it. Perhaps even Ft Collins, Longmont or South to Brighton. That is slightly relative as you can get "to" Fort Collins in 40 mins, but it can take 15mins to drive from one end of Ft Collins to the other.

I can not recomend option 2, as it would take quite a bit a fanagaling (not impossible) to find a job and housing in the Denver Metro area that is less than 30 minutes apart. Also, I can not fathom that you will earn much more to offset the housing costs. I am proud that you are a strong person that dose'nt have to live with your Fiancee, however he will be your life partner, so it would be prudent to start spending you life together now.

If you are career oriented and depending on your experience, Oil/energy companies pay thier adminstrators/clerical personall upwards of $15+hr. However, they need/want people who will be committed to their company. If they catch wind that you are aren't here to put down roots, they will not be so inclined to hire you. You can find these jobs in Greeley and near by.
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