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Old 09-06-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Southeast US (for now)
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Hello,

We have just started thinking about relocating, and just started researching Larimer County, north of Denver, due to employment options.

We are not necessarily looking for Libertarian party members, but we would like to live near people who still have that Colorado live-and-let-live attitude, and don't try to force their politics on others.

We are Libertarian Christians, currently living in a military/very hardcore Republican town, which is fine place to live for many people, but we are looking for a change.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:46 PM
 
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Well there are definitely Libertarian types around, I know a few, but there is no town as such that has that as the predominate politics. Colorado has a lot of polarity in it's politics so in a lot of the fruity areas like Denver and Boulder it is very leftist and in the suburbs it is more of a Republican bent.
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I would say Colorado is a live and let live state, at least here in Pueblo.
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Have to agree with Josseppie. For the most part I don't think it's that polarizing. Some areas definitely lean one way or the other, but most of the people I've met are as likely prize lower taxes and a right to bear arms as they are building cultural institutions and helping the homeless get back on their feet. The huntsman and anglers here often seem to be the treehuggers as well. Manly treehuggers, mind you, but treehuggers nevertheless.

Colorado is no libertarian mecca, but the taxes are relatively low, potentially intrusive laws are relatively lax (unless it's about water), and most people are friendly but will keep to themselves. That said, Boulder is probably not the place for you ;-)

(That said, state services are also starting to suffer from lack of funds and intervention, including schools, roads, transit and emergency services...but you get what you pay for.)
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Old 09-06-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Southeast US (for now)
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Thanks for your replies.

We live in an extremely polarized area right now.

Boulder was not on our list. Most likely, it will be Loveland or Ft. Collins.
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I wouldn't call Denver "leftist". I have called Denver "garden variety liberal" on this site.

Boulder is an admixture of everything from very liberal, extreme leftist to libertarian. The city's policies do tend toward the liberal, however.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Southeast US (for now)
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We don't mind living in a place where others don't think the same as us. Most state/local govts run fairly similar across the Intermountain West, with some exceptions, of course.

What we have a problem with right now is how people treat each other when they don't agree with a person's political philosophy. We are strong supporters of "live and let live - everyone is entitled to their opinion," but that sentiment is not shared in our area, and it is getting uglier. We lived in Colorado for a while in the 90's, and we remember being around people who had mutual respect for differences of opinion, rather than insisting we "follow the herd."

So before we consider a move to Ft. Collins/Loveland area, we want to make sure things haven't changed in Colorado, and we aren't going to get into the same situation we have here. We will be visiting the area soon, but I wanted to put some feelers out first, so your comments and advice are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I don't know about Fort Collins / Loveland, but I live in the Denver area and have had no problem finding friends that respectfully disagree with me.
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Old 09-07-2010, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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I'm inclined to agree with Zenkonomi and Josseppie that Colorado projects a live-and-let-live attitude. Like anywhere else there are wackos on the left and wackos on the right. More commonly however, a live-and-let-live attitude prevails.
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