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Old 08-03-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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You have been asking the exact same question on here for months now. Not sure what information you feel like you're missing.
Just trying to make sure of certain things. When was the last time you moved and wasn't completely certain of where to move to. At our age, 70/71 when we do leave here, we have to be as "certain" as possible. Physically and financially, this will have to be our last move.
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:53 AM
 
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Tons of growth here in Loveland, for sure. On the plus side, growth means increasing property values and a booming economy with low unemployment and low poverty, but also means increasing traffic and crowding. I'd like to see moderate, steady growth, but not at this rate. Once a small town, Loveland is now pushing towards 80,000 and Larimer County has around 300,000 total.
First, 80,000 people is NOTHING compared to 850,000 here or 1.5 million in the whole metro area here. 80,000 population sounds excellent! As far as traffic goes, all of the freeways and main streets here are packed at 7am and 5am. Starting to look like L.A. traffic here. Why the high population and traffic here? Job salaries! My wife is 69, Bachelors Degree (but from 1997) and her salary is $60,000 a year. That's darn good for her age, but we just don't like living here anymore.

When it comes down to it, we probably shouldn't have left Colorado in the first place. We made a mistake in moving like many others do and can't wait to get back to what we liked before.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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Some more info: Have been to Greeley, the 4th Parade and rodeo there. The visit was nice, but absolutely "no" in living there. The parade/rodeo was great though.

Longmont is too big and too much crime. After checking out other cities on the Front Range/Eastern Slope, it appears that Loveland is our only hope left....in Colorado, that is. We don't want to live on the Western Slope at all. If Loveland doesn't fit, Cheyenne or somewhere else around there might.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:47 AM
 
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Pine Bluffs, WY is nice and closer to the 'Big Lake!'

The housing prices in Loveland are at extreme (at the moment), but a serious economic disruption will change that. (Housing costs higher than wages, and limited jobs).

The right timing will come to snag a place there (now is not the right time to buy).

Smaller / retiree centric homes in Berthoud, Campion, Loveland, Windsor and Timnath will become options. The mega house suitable for families will retain a premium (while you still have double income couples who want to park their kids in public schools). Lower end / starter homes are getting few, but still there for seniors. (and young married) But the younger generation is more 'entitled' / less likely to see the vision (advantage) of a small home. but... Taxes will come!
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:52 AM
 
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Sorry, not really interested in that stuff. Now, the parade, fair and rodeo.........definitely.
be sure to schedule your trip to catch a few of the great rodeos in rural towns in the region, (SD, WY, NE) and might as well hit Frontier Days as well. Should all fit into your proposed time frame.

Due to your comments / observations / response / interests ...
My bet is that you will end up in WY. (+/- as everything in life is a compromise) I suggest you spend equal time in WY and CO during your process, and in the next 2 yrs... watch the weather, events / (that interest you) and read the daily paper in each. Also subscribe to newsletters from groups you will join, research DRs, legislation, and legal and medical services (quite different in each state).

Retirees are very happy in Cheyenne and in Loveland and surrounding areas. (retiree friends are very happy in Wellington (they tried Greeley and Ault (where some retirees are very happy too!))).

YOU will make YOUR final decision, but "I" will never say "final" as stuff changes (in my life), and "I" have a way of muffing up decisions (can't think / predict EVERYTHING) .

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Old 08-03-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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First, 80,000 people is NOTHING compared to 850,000 here or 1.5 million in the whole metro area here. 80,000 population sounds excellent! As far as traffic goes, all of the freeways and main streets here are packed at 7am and 5am. Starting to look like L.A. traffic here. Why the high population and traffic here? Job salaries! My wife is 69, Bachelors Degree (but from 1997) and her salary is $60,000 a year. That's darn good for her age, but we just don't like living here anymore.

When it comes down to it, we probably shouldn't have left Colorado in the first place. We made a mistake in moving like many others do and can't wait to get back to what we liked before.
Yes, 80k is nothing compared to a big city. I don't see any reason you won't enjoy it here and be successful in your retirement here. It's small enough to still have that small town feeling in many ways, yet large enough to provide every service necessary and convenient enough to Denver and the airport.

Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:01 AM
 
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be sure to schedule your trip to catch a few of the great rodeos in rural towns in the region, (SD, WY, NE) and might as well hit Frontier Days as well. Should all fit into your proposed time frame.

Due to your comments / observations / response / interests ...
My bet is that you will end up in WY. (+/- as everything in life is a compromise) I suggest you spend equal time in WY and CO during your process, and in the next 2 yrs... watch the weather, events / (that interest you) and read the daily paper in each. Also subscribe to newsletters from groups you will join, research DRs, legislation, and legal and medical services (quite different in each state).

Retirees are very happy in Cheyenne and in Loveland and surrounding areas. (retiree friends are very happy in Wellington (they tried Greeley and Ault (where some retirees are very happy too!))).

YOU will make YOUR final decision, but "I" will never say "final" as stuff changes (in my life), and "I" have a way of muffing up decisions (can't think / predict EVERYTHING) .
While living in Parker, CO, took a trip to Laramie, WY for their small town parade and rodeo. Quite interesting. Stopped at Curt Gowdy State Park on way back to Parker. Nice Park.
Have also been in Cheyenne for Frontier Days rodeo and the parade. At the parade, wife was interviewed by a sports network that was covering the parade and rodeo.
We also drove thru Wyoming on our way to Yellowstone N.P. After Yellowstone, stopped in Cody to go thru the Buffalo Bill Center/Museum. Great Western museum, just like the one we stopped at in Spearfish, S.D. (High Plains Western Heritage Museum).
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:02 AM
 
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Yes, 80k is nothing compared to a big city. I don't see any reason you won't enjoy it here and be successful in your retirement here. It's small enough to still have that small town feeling in many ways, yet large enough to provide every service necessary and convenient enough to Denver and the airport.

Good luck!
Thanks! Looking forward to the visit next year.
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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While living in Parker, CO, took a trip to Laramie, WY for their small town parade and rodeo. Quite interesting. Stopped at Curt Gowdy State Park on way back to Parker. Nice Park.
Have also been in Cheyenne for Frontier Days rodeo and the parade. At the parade, wife was interviewed by a sports network that was covering the parade and rodeo.
We also drove thru Wyoming on our way to Yellowstone N.P. After Yellowstone, stopped in Cody to go thru the Buffalo Bill Center/Museum. Great Western museum, just like the one we stopped at in Spearfish, S.D. (High Plains Western Heritage Museum).
lessor known GREAT places for retirement in WY... (Enough similar to (old) 'Loveland' to consider... Pre 'Centarra' / Aflluenza ) All the below will be far more 'RODEO', than most of CO.
Powell
Dayton
Lander / Riverton
Sundance
New Castle

SD...
Spearfish
Sturgis
Custer
Piedmont

If you like frequent Rodeo / equestrian events... Estes Park, CO is also worth considering. great destination for events, and not a bad place to live 'off-season', very active and happy 'retirement' groups! quite a bit more chilly than Loveland, and add 40 min to any commute (airport / shopping / advanced medical). Several very nice lakes for fishing +RMNP for catch and release.
Rocky Mountain National Park Fishing | Front Range Anglers
http://www.estesparkmountainshop.com/fishing.htm
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Old 08-04-2017, 10:27 AM
 
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Been to the Roof Top rodeo in Estes Park. Been to the "rut" in RMNP and got dang nice photos of both cows and bulls.

Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver is big as well as the rodeo at the State Fair in Pueblo and rodeo in Greeley. Been to smaller ones, like in Castle Rock (Douglas Couty Fair) also. Wife and I really liked going to all of them. Heck, we even took in a Ranch Rodeo in the Springs. Went to a large USTRC roping in Pueblo.

One thing for sure, for the 5 1/2 years we lived on the Front Range, we didn't just sit around and do nothing. Got plenty of photos/video to prove that.
Thing is nobody here (Jacksonville) is interested in seeing those photos and/or videos. Oh, I remember now why...... this is Florida! LOL

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