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Anyone in Colorado?
Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:39 pmFood.com Groupie
We are thinking of moving in the next couple of years to a more kid-friendly environment. One of our top choices is Colorado - the other is Texas. We are looking for a city with good non-denominational Christian Churches, good public school systems, good college (thinking ahead here), not too much snow, lower housing costs from where we are now, and jobs. Do you have any suggestions on where I can start looking? I need to hear about specific cities that you would suggest to a friend...relative...My parents have agreed to consider moving with us but weather is a factor so...HELP!TIA
Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:22 amFood.com Groupie
I love Colorado. It is beautiful and I adore the weather. We get our full four seasons without any of them being so severe I dream of living somewhere warmer/colder.
As far as I understand (I'm not Christian) there are a lot of very good churches throughout Colorado. It is a very conservative, pro-Christian state, but I've never heard about any weird disputes between dominations. People seem very accepting of religious differences (for some, so long as it's a Christian religion lol, but mostly they're really decent.)
Public schools... Colorado doesn't rank well in the national scale and the schools here just aren't up to speed academically.
However, from what I can tell, a lot of charter schools are starting to pop up and there are some very good private schools. Schools, obviously, vary wildly, so do a lot of research before you pick a neighborhood. I am all for asking neighbors what they think of the academics. Parents are more honest than the school district.
There are some excellent colleges, though!!!! (School of Mines, Colorado College...)
I would not live in Denver itself. It's... too.
However, the smaller towns along the front range tend to be nice. I really loved living in Ft Collins. It's a bit more of a college town, everyone was friendly, it's beautiful... I have no clue about the schools though.
But prices were decent, it was clean, and most of the kids I saw (the public buses doubled as school buses in some areas) were pretty good kids.
Arapahoe county, I believe, has decent schools. That is where my mom lives (Littleton, the eastern side). I have no idea about prices though.
Jefferson County has a LOT of problems with their schools. The budget covers too large an area and there are always fights between the rural parents and city parents on where the money goes, and it seems no one gets it. That is western Littleton and trailing through the foot hills in that area.
Sorry, TONS of info... Feel free to write me with any specific questions...
Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:47 pmFood.com Groupie
Thanks you so much for all the information. I'm trying to decide the best place to go...long term. I'm tired of moving around but this time I want to find a good place to start before we take off. Really appreciate it!
Fri Jan 19, 2007 4:17 pmExperienced "Head Chef" Poster
I live in Golden, a suburb west of Denver. I have been here for 6 years & I moved here from Texas. SO I can give you perspectives on both. We are moving back to Texas next year as things just haven't worked out for us here.
The cost of living is very expensive here. Food, gas, houses, taxes, everything. Compared to TX, it is expensive. You would have to account for money spent on winter things, snow removal, heavy winter clothing, very high gas bills (for heat). Our average heating bill per month is around $300 & that is based on a moderate temperature setting. We (& everyone I know here) has to buy a new windshield on a yearly basis. Snow tires,
The winters here are horrible. There have been a couple of winters that weren't bad, very mild in fact. But otherwise they haven't been fun. When it snows bad, it takes the cities take forever to plow the streets & sometimes they don't even get to the residential streets. If you like snow sports then it is a great place, but like us (we dont' like snow spoorts at all) winter's just aren't very fun. Spring & summer here are just fabulous though. They are lots of fun & it is great being just 20 minutes from hiking in the middle of no-where. it is always nice... warm & sunny.
The school systems here aren't very good. The only one noteworthy in any sense is the Cherry Creek School District. I believe that they rank the highest in the metro area. Jefferson County (where I am) rank very low as do most of the rest of the Denver metro area schools. For a good education, our son is in a Montessori school. The area does let students transfer from district to district though.
Parts of Denver proper are extremely liberal. Other parts are very, very conservative. I am not regligous, but there are tons of all kinds of churches here.
Like the pp, Ft. Collins is a great place to live. Colorado Spings is great & so much more beautiful the Denver. Much closer to the mts than Denver is. But the traffic congestion there is just horrible, horrible, horrible.
As for TX, it is really like any place else. I am from DFW, but when we move back, we are moving to Austin. Buying a home is sooo much cheaper & you get way more for your money there. Preoperty taxes are lower & as for education, like most other cities, it depends on the district you are in. People are friendlier in general in my opinion. A bit more southern charm & manners. I have meet so many nice people here in CO, but it just a different feel in CO.
I know that this is all my opinion, but I hope it helps in some way.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
Fri Jan 19, 2007 4:39 pmFood.com Groupie
Thanks so much for your perspective. I've been wanting personal information because the statistics I can find on the computer...the feel of the place is different! Really appreciate all the info guys!
Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:19 pmFood.com Groupie
I grew up in Ft. Collins, CO and now live in TX - I'll help if I can, too.
Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:16 pmFood.com Groupie
I grew up on Greeley, 50 miles north of Denver, 50 miles south of Cheyenne. Nice size town with college. Check it out. It is east of Loveland which is also a nice town and southeast of Ft Collins. It is a beautiful area. Gloria
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:14 pmFood.com Groupie
I'm in Co. Springs. It took a while to get used to living here, but now, WOW. I can't believe what scenery I wake up to every morning. And the climate! When the suns out (300+ days a year) it's a party.
Once you acclimate to the altitude, it's wonderful.
Anyone here from the Springs?
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:42 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
I don't know if you are still interested in moving to Colorado but I thought I would add my two cents to the forum. We have lived in Colorado Springs for 38 years. We wouldn't live anywhere but Colorado. We have lived in other places such as Wisconsin, (grew up there) Alabama, New Zealand, and Texas. We lived in Denver for a couple of years too.
We have raised 4 children here and as with anywhere you live, we had to work with the schools to get the education for our children that they needed. We had children in the gifted and talented programs as well as special needs and in between. Our youngest is a Senior at Palmer High School in the IB program. Palmer is a wonderful school for both the gifted and the average student.
The climate is great as there is not a lot of snow and when we get snow, it is gone in a couple of days. The sun shines even on the coldest days and it never feels as cold as it does in Texas. We do not participate in snow sports but are considering taking up snowshoeing. There are many activities to take advantage of here. Hiking, fishing, camping, shopping,crafting or just about anything you can imagine.
There are many churches here and I am sure you could find one that meets your needs.
Good luck with your search.
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