Should I move to Fort Collins/Loveland ?

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Burb Mom

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Jan 23, 2009
 
Hi everyone! I am writing this from Michigan. I am looking to relocate to either Fort Collins/Loveland area or California within the next year and a half. If you are interested I have also started a blog about it... www.burbmomsaywhat.blogspot.com . I am really looking for some information (good and bad) from people who have lived in the area to help me make my decision. We have two children so I am looking for a great place to raise a family, and a great place to live. Any help would be wonderful.
Love from my cloudy igloo,
S.
Catherine

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Jan 27, 2009
 

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Yes. I moved to Wichita, KS from Fort Collins and leaving was the worst decision of my life. It's beautiful, it's more liberal that other parts of CO (so if you're super conservative, go to Colorado Springs) it's family friendly, has bike paths, sunshine, and wonderful people. I've lived a lot of places in my life, and Fort Collins is the only place I've EVER been homesick for.

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Feb 3, 2009
 

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I left Fort Collins 12 years ago and never looked back. If your a tree hugging agnotic liberal it would be a great place. It's only an hour to the Republic of Boulder!
If you truly love your children I would move to a more conservative area. It's hard to believe but that bunch outlawed colored Christmas (if I can say that) lights on public display.
It sounds like the problems the Libs in California have caused you could reload there for free.
Married man

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Feb 5, 2009
 
I currently live in central California with my wife and two kids. While there are many nice things about California, the inept politicians and their incompetent action have caused many successful citizens questioning if California is worth all of the trouble. If you are an individual who wants to raise you kids to be responsible adults, California is not the best option. If, however, you want to raise your kids to be lazy and dependent on government hand-outs, California is the place you want to be...did I mention that we pay more in taxes in California than any other state and have the least to show for it? All we hear from our politicians and unions is that it is not enough.

Since: Jan 09

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Feb 6, 2009
 
I lived in California from the age of 3-28, i moved to Idaho about a year ago, i love Idaho, but i do miss California, I actually lived in The Bay Area in the town of Dubli, which is nice if you have loads of money, rent for a 2 bd apt at 900 sq ft starts at $1600 per month, Idaho starts at $350 per month for the same! I love Cali but i have 2 young boys that i refuse to raise there, way up North in the mountains has lots of nice little towns but work is scarce.. good luck!
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Feb 11, 2009
 

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Burbmom, I left Lansing(Holt) 32 yrs ago to move to Fort Collins. It was a good move. FC is pretty liberal as others have posted, but the schools, weather, surroundings are just wonderful. Lots of outdoor activities, sunshine. Hard part out here is jobs. Not much in the way of blue collar type work, either high tech or retail and not much in between. You will miss the trees and water of michigan, but the mountains more than make up for them! Good luck in your move, where ever it takes you!

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Feb 12, 2009
 

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Colorado sucks. Trust me. Move to California since you're thinking about it. As our plates say, "No Vacancy".

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Feb 15, 2009
 

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Seriously...Stay away. We don't need any more people moving here, trying to take what jobs are still available. If you're independently wealthy, and have no need to work, feel free.

“God WANTS you to Evolve!”

Since: May 08

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I've lived in both. California weather is better, but that's about it. Neither have any jobs right now, but Fort Collins is cheaper, cleaner, not overrun with illegals, people are nicer. Disregard what #3 said about Christmas - it wasn't outlawed. Half the houses in town put up lights. It's not stupidly Liberal like Boulder either, although it does lean to the left. Bring lots of money when you come.
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Mar 9, 2009
 
I am 40 yrs young and being asked by boyfriend to move from OC California to Vail, Colorado. I have been back and forth, but still not sure about this move. This is a big change and I'm used to working for Executives, and not seeing this type of work in Colorado (unless you were in the Denver area), so whats the thoughts out there?

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OC Woman wrote:
I am 40 yrs young and being asked by boyfriend to move from OC California to Vail, Colorado. I have been back and forth, but still not sure about this move. This is a big change and I'm used to working for Executives, and not seeing this type of work in Colorado (unless you were in the Denver area), so whats the thoughts out there?
Colorado sucks...Stay in Oc. there's no air up here, so you won't be able to breathe, and your skin will dry out.

Since: Mar 09

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Darren - you sound pretty negative about anyone going to Colorado and after seeing your comments about only come if indenpendently wealthy, feel you should reply to people unless constructive, what your writing, isn't constructive. Thank you anyway.
Darren M wrote:
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Colorado sucks...Stay in Oc. there's no air up here, so you won't be able to breathe, and your skin will dry out.

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OC Woman wrote:
Darren - you sound pretty negative about anyone going to Colorado and after seeing your comments about only come if indenpendently wealthy, feel you should reply to people unless constructive, what your writing, isn't constructive. Thank you anyway.
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Stay in OC. We don't like Californians. Move here, and you'll find out. That's constructive, and truthful.

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Your opinion has no validation here.
Chelsea FC

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Mar 16, 2009
 
Are you moving with a guaranteed job? If you are moving to get away from Lansing and think you will easily find employment you need to rethink. Reality is most of the high tech jobs are laying off personnel, Woodward Govenor's stock has drastically dropped and will probably start lay-offs. Payscale is on the low-end. Admin jobs start at $8/hr. Yes FC is beautiful and because of the write ups in Money magazine draws more interest, but unless you are coming with enough money for 6 months or more to live on you will face a tough time. Take the time to do your research, check property listings to see how much more you will pay to rent or buy. FC is not all liberal, people are more conscious about the environment. Speeds on the roads are faster than the mid-west. Freeway speed is 75 with the majority going 80.

“God WANTS you to Evolve!”

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I agree with Chelsea - I moved to Fort Collins 2 years ago for a somewhat lower rate then I'm worth. I've worked for the last 25 years (last 11 in the same field) but now I've been laid off 2 winters in a row and I'm having trouble finding a low-paying job. Whole Foods won't even give me an interview!

“God WANTS you to Evolve!”

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Mar 17, 2009
 
OC Woman wrote:
Your opinion has no validation here.
Some people don't like Californians. It's true, but they're usually Californians who complain every time the temp drops below 60*. If you're coming from OC you'll have plenty of money. However, you would be appreciated a lot more if you brought a Trader Joes and/or a In-N-Out Burger with you.
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Mar 19, 2009
 
Agree with a lot of what is said. Northern Colorado is getting more and more liberal so we're glad our kids are adults now. Also true is the jobs situation which is not great.
Another aspect is that housing has not dropped as much as it has in other parts of the country like California. This might mean you could get a much nicer house that will raise in value a lot more once things get back on track with the economy.
A question to ask is how much you like winter. While this year was an unusually warm winter in Colorado it can get cold with a lot of snow. There are few places in Cali that have winters like we have. If you like winter then FC might be the place for you. Good luck
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Darren M wrote:
Colorado sucks. Trust me. Move to California since you're thinking about it. As our plates say, "No Vacancy".
Wow, you must be from Boulder.

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No_Climbertude wrote:
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Wow, you must be from Boulder.
How'd you guess?

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