Please help! Need to get out of KS.
I'm going to preface with saying that I'm sorry! I'm sorry to every Colorado resident that's tired of reading threads about people wanting to move to Colorado because that's exactly what this is. Please hear me out if you're willing!
My fiancé and I love Colorado. We camp out in the Maroon Bells Wilderness every summer and visit Denver, and the Springs when we can. Currently, we live in Wichita, KS. We desperately want to get out. Before you make assumptions about cornfields, it's nothing like that! But, neither of us are from here and it's just not suiting for our lifestyle. Background: My finance and I have been together since we were teens and we're now in our twenties. My fiancé's father took a job in KS years ago and once I was able, I followed. Fast forward: We've been here for five years now and it's just not for us. I tried to make it like an adventure when I first got here, but there's really not much. Being from the Pinelands, it's just depressing here. You go for a walk in a woodsy area and end up in someone's backyard five minutes later. There's really nothing to do other than shop, go places to eat and maybe visit the zoo. We have a couple of museums as well, but once you've been to them that's about it.
Now, we have a two month old son and what it really stems down to is neither of us are happy where we're at and we want to move somewhere where our son can have options other than just playing sports and going to the zoo. It also gets so hot here in the summer that on most days you can't go outside. We want him to experience things, such as camping and hiking, and raise him to appreciate the outdoors. (No, we're not hippies, so don't automatically assume Boulder lol.) Also, Colorado is a place where my family from the east coast would also relocate to, and my fiance's family would only be a drive away in KS, so it works out for everyone.
Here's the hard part. Since we're saving up for a wedding and have a two month old, our budget is limited. We could only pay about $700-$800 worth of rent (I know it's not a lot). We want to be somewhere where safe that's actually realistic and where we wouldn't have a terrible time getting a job. My fiancé is looking for apprenticeships and I work in a school setting with special needs. Any suggestions are appreciated! If you've made it this far, thank you!
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