Hi, I'm from the Detroit area and I need a way to get out of this mess. The appealing thing to me about Denver is not the mountains necessarily, but the weather and the mass transit.
Detroit is basically in a depression, regardless of the lies you hear about unemployment coming down. You have to kill someone to get a job at McDonalds here. So before you start with the hyperbole about jobs being tight in Colorado, remember who you're talking to.
I have a masters and 2 bachelor degrees in science/tech. But I may as well be a high school drop out. There are no jobs here but for the well-connected and highly-qualified.
I would love to come to Denver or Boulder. I'm also looking for a warmer climate that isn't the hot & sweaty south. Also, Colorado people are somewhat culturally like Michigan people.
Anyway, my question is, if worse came to worse, how hard are menial jobs to come by? If I came to Denver could I easily get a low-wage job if need be?
I'm looking at a lower cost of living in Colorado, lower taxes and mass transit would help a lot. Is there affordable housing in these areas that are not ghettos? I'm talking homes for around $50,000?
Is it possible to A) get a job (any job) in Denver and B) can you live somewhat well on a lower income?