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Old 11-03-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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Having lived in WY for many years, nothing beats the West. Denver is the best. The other choices are good too, but Denver is where it's at.

Go ahead and order that Peyton Manning jersey.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:26 AM
 
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If you want to escape the 'rat race' why consider Denver or SD?

Fort Collins, ColoSprings, Loveland, etc would seem to have a slower pace. While still enjoying the wonderful outdoor activities with your gentlemen friends.

Unless you lived in the suburbs of Denver, but then you're paying for all the 'joys' of downtown without, perhaps, enjoying them?

I dunno, I live in suburban Austin and dislike downtown. Yet, cost of living wise, I'm certainly paying for the privledge.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:35 AM
 
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Wow! I didn't know traffic in Austin was that bad! Yikes, thanks for the info. Traffic and long commutes can really effect quality of life. I know I will have to get used to more traffic wherever I go because in albuquerque you can pretty much get anywhere in 30 minutes!

NoMoreSnowForMe, thanks for the generous reply, it's really great to get different perspectives! I have heard that Texans are really friendly, and I've heard it can be more difficult to make friends in San Diego. Maybe denver is somewhere in between! I realize Denver's weather should be very similar to albuq., just a little more cold and a little more snow. I do enjoy the humidity because livings in the high desert sure does a number on drying out your skin and sinuses, but like I said, I've never experienced it in the deep hot of summer. Thanks again!
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:42 AM
 
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Mandalorian, haha. I've always said the west is the best but of course I don't have any experience living any where else but I do feel from my travels that may be a true statement!

louche, I guess I shouldn't have put that about the rat race exactly. What I meant is I don't want to live somewhere where the mentality of everyone living there is so fast past. I realize many places are more fast paced than ABQ and I do want to live in a city bigger than where I am now with more amenities a bigger city tends to offer. Thanks for the reply!

I am starting to lean towards denver. I would like to hear more on the singles scene if anyone has some insight....
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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One small thing to consider.

In winter time Austin has more daylight in the evening than Denver because of where it sits in the time zone. And while Albuquerque and Denver sit at the same spot in the time zone, the mountains in Denver sit west of town and when that sun goes behind those mountains. Bang it's dark.

I would think in the dead of winter the earliest it would get dark in Austin is about 5:30-5:45. In Denver it will get dark 4ish.

If you workout outside after work then that might be a consideration.

San Diego gets dark early as well.

Obviously Denver would be the most like Alb in terms of climate and terrain. Austin downtown is most similar to Alb of the three. Downtown Austin doesn't seem like you are in the middle of 2 million people.
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:42 AM
 
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Maybe if I ask, which city do you think is more conducive to living a fit healthy lifestyle surrounded by people who are also living that type of lifestyle, has a large single late 20s/early 30s population, has more outdoor activities and overal friendliness, and overall which one is slower paced but still offers big city perks?
If you define the question precisely with the words used in this post, then the answer is Denver. These are three great cities, but the clear cut answer for that question is Denver. I do a large amount of research on different cities for fun and when I first started reading your post I was thinking, maybe she should look at NM also. Since you're from there, that makes sense. You would have no difficulty with the climate in any of those 3 cities. All great cities, but if you want fit healthy lifestyle it puts Austin in last place. San Diego isn't bad, but Denver is one of the most fit cities in the country.

The San Diego vs Denver dynamic could be resolved by asking how much you are willing to pay to live near the beach and how much you want to completely eliminate winter. If you were willing to give up money, accept a population that wasn't in quite as good of shape, and wanted to not see any snow, then San Diego would be the winner. If those issues are not important, than Denver is the clear cut winner.

You did a really great job designing this list to not have any crappy cities on it. Honestly, I don't think you have any bad choices you could make from this batch. I do still think Denver is the city that most closely matches your statements. With any of the three cities, you will have more of the rate race than you have in ALBQ.

PS. Don't consider Fort Collins. It's a small city with less access to services but astoundingly it has worse traffic than Denver because of the way they designed the road system. It's simply an unfortunate place that is ranked high in several searches because of poorly designed criteria.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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"In Denver it will get dark 4ish."



Um....... No!
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:34 PM
 
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Denver, but don't be fooled by the people saying it has a "mild" climate. Denver gets COLD in the winter. For example, on Wednesday, November 12, the high is forecasted to be 19, low of 7. What's good about Denver is that it gets warm Chinook winds in the winter, but it is by no means mild. Anyone considering a move to Denver should know that it does get bitterly cold. It has a HIGHLY continental climate that is very exposed to the elements.
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Denver, but don't be fooled by the people saying it has a "mild" climate. Denver gets COLD in the winter. For example, on Wednesday, November 12, the high is forecasted to be 19, low of 7. What's good about Denver is that it gets warm Chinook winds in the winter, but it is by no means mild. Anyone considering a move to Denver should know that it does get bitterly cold. It has a HIGHLY continental climate that is very exposed to the elements.
Denver occasionally gets cold in the winter, and places like Chicago and MSP are almost always cold during the winter. Milder than some, colder than others. Summer is very definitely a tradeoff here.
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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Thank you everyone! lurtsman, that's the kind of answers I was looking for! Thanks for the info! I think you are right, and Denver would be the best place out of the three to live a active and healthy lifestyle.

I understand how bitterly old colorado can get in the winter, as I have spent time up there. Also, albuquerque gets like that too...just not as often.

Now I'm just wondering if it's also the best out of all three for a single lady my age to meet new friends and find a large singles scene. What are the best neighborhoods to live in for a single female?
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