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    Cheyenne, Wyoming

    Can anybody here tell me what the job market is like for someone in IT/Telecom, in Cheyenne or the surrounding area. My wife and I are considering relocating to be near her family there.


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    I am going to be honest with you. I just drove through Wyoming and no amount of money, I mean no amount, could convince me to move there. Its not worth it, don't do it. Aside from being heavily polluted, both in its ground/groundwater, its desolate, always windy, and the weather is insanely harsh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slickyricky View Post
    I am going to be honest with you. I just drove through Wyoming and no amount of money, I mean no amount, could convince me to move there. Its not worth it, don't do it. Aside from being heavily polluted, both in its ground/groundwater, its desolate, always windy, and the weather is insanely harsh.
    ha ha, yeah I grew up on the front range in Colorado and used to go back packing in Wyoming quite a bit, Cheyenne is nice and windy. But my wife wants to care for her Grandparents which may require relocating there.

    I don't remember it being polluted but perhaps things have changed.

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    I don't know what Cheyenne is like, but I bet were less polluted than nearly any other state.

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    Have you thought about Fort Collins? I think you'd only have about a 45 minute drive to Cheyenne from there. Should be a better job market in Fort Collins for IT than in Cheyenne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedshuck View Post
    Have you thought about Fort Collins? I think you'd only have about a 45 minute drive to Cheyenne from there. Should be a better job market in Fort Collins for IT than in Cheyenne.
    Yeah, thats what I'm thinking right now.

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    I just heard on NPR that Denver has the 3rd fastest growing tech economy in the country. Bit of a haul from Cheyenne though. I am in the tech industry, but I work for an east-coast company. That is the best, because I work from home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slickyricky View Post
    I am going to be honest with you. I just drove through Wyoming and no amount of money, I mean no amount, could convince me to move there. Its not worth it, don't do it. Aside from being heavily polluted, both in its ground/groundwater, its desolate, always windy, and the weather is insanely harsh.
    Some misinformation above.

    Heavily polluted ground water? As a life long resident (3rd generation) and an environmental activist, I wonder where you got that info? I don't think that even the Powder River basin with all the coal bed methane wells has had much of a ground water pollution problem (yet). We do have the same problems as other areas with leakage from older gas station tanks and some old refinery problems; but compared on a per capita basis, no more so than other states - maybe less.

    We do suffer some pollution from extractive industries that yield energy for consumption. I wish we could drive down consumption so there would be less pressure to drill and dig. But, alas, I don't see that in the future of Wyoming or anywhere else. Greatest impact is on air quality in the Pinedale area.

    Parts of the state are what most people would call desolate, but others are not. Cheyenne is not too far from the Laramie Range and there are some really beautiful places up there. Remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are places in the Red Desert that are wonderful too.

    No doubt about it, Wyoming is windier than many places. But Cheyenne not all that much more than Boulder (according to NOAA average wind speed at Cheyenne airport is 12.4 mph and at Boulder/Jeffco it is 10.1 - compare those to Roseburg OR at 3.3 mph and you'll notice the difference). Cooler up here in the summer and colder in the winter than the Front Range.

    All that being said, if Cheyenne is not for you that's okay. If you want to get away from the crowds along the Front Range, you are still welcome to come up and enjoy the wide open spaces of WY (and its attendant backwards political culture ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    Some misinformation above.

    Heavily polluted ground water? As a life long resident (3rd generation) and an environmental activist, I wonder where you got that info? I don't think that even the Powder River basin with all the coal bed methane wells has had much of a ground water pollution problem (yet). We do have the same problems as other areas with leakage from older gas station tanks and some old refinery problems; but compared on a per capita basis, no more so than other states - maybe less.

    We do suffer some pollution from extractive industries that yield energy for consumption. I wish we could drive down consumption so there would be less pressure to drill and dig. But, alas, I don't see that in the future of Wyoming or anywhere else. Greatest impact is on air quality in the Pinedale area.

    Parts of the state are what most people would call desolate, but others are not. Cheyenne is not too far from the Laramie Range and there are some really beautiful places up there. Remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are places in the Red Desert that are wonderful too.

    No doubt about it, Wyoming is windier than many places. But Cheyenne not all that much more than Boulder (according to NOAA average wind speed at Cheyenne airport is 12.4 mph and at Boulder/Jeffco it is 10.1 - compare those to Roseburg OR at 3.3 mph and you'll notice the difference). Cooler up here in the summer and colder in the winter than the Front Range.

    All that being said, if Cheyenne is not for you that's okay. If you want to get away from the crowds along the Front Range, you are still welcome to come up and enjoy the wide open spaces of WY (and its attendant backwards political culture ).

    Where is the Red Desert? I used backpacking around Laramie and ride 3 wheelers and quads at the sand dunes in Walden CO. I would love to live in Walden but there is even less work there me, but I could commute to Laramie. My friends dad use to teach botany there at the university, maybe I'll drop him a line

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    Quote Originally Posted by hos13 View Post
    Where is the Red Desert? I used backpacking around Laramie and ride 3 wheelers and quads at the sand dunes in Walden CO. I would love to live in Walden but there is even less work there me, but I could commute to Laramie. My friends dad use to teach botany there at the university, maybe I'll drop him a line
    Red Desert is between Rawlins and Rock Springs (east and west). Heck of a winter commute from Walden to Laramie (60 miles one way - snowy most of the winter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedshuck View Post
    Have you thought about Fort Collins? I think you'd only have about a 45 minute drive to Cheyenne from there. Should be a better job market in Fort Collins for IT than in Cheyenne.
    Looking into Fort Collins I found this. Second best place to live Fort Collins, very interesting.

    Can anyone tell me if The Wright Life is still open or not?
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    whats wright life?

    fort collins is great and very affordable.

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    We lived in Fort Collins for a few years. I always liked going up into Wyoming. Yes it was windy. I didn't notice any pollution, saw that more down Denver way. It's neat seeing the pronghorn antelope. I liked watching the coal trains up at Gillette or watching the trains on Sherman Hill- saw the Ames Pyramid there, too. We came through Gillette on the way back from Rapid City, SD, and I think Gillette was the nice of the two. I would have liked to have spent more time up in the Wyoming mountains, but didn't get a chance to.

    I think Fort Collins is farther than 45 minutes from Cheyenne, but could be remembering wrong. Check on housing in Wellington- close enough to drive into Fort Collins okay, but closer to Cheyenne, too.
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    Well I'm getting one step closer to moving to Cheyenne/Fort Collins. I put my house on the market yesterday. So well will see how it goes, it may take a year to sell. I'm in no rush and I'm willing to wait to get the right price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    We lived in Fort Collins for a few years. I always liked going up into Wyoming. Yes it was windy. I didn't notice any pollution, saw that more down Denver way. It's neat seeing the pronghorn antelope. I liked watching the coal trains up at Gillette or watching the trains on Sherman Hill- saw the Ames Pyramid there, too. We came through Gillette on the way back from Rapid City, SD, and I think Gillette was the nice of the two. I would have liked to have spent more time up in the Wyoming mountains, but didn't get a chance to.

    I think Fort Collins is farther than 45 minutes from Cheyenne, but could be remembering wrong. Check on housing in Wellington- close enough to drive into Fort Collins okay, but closer to Cheyenne, too.
    Downtown to downtown 47 miles. Easy access to I-25 from both and is really only about 45 minutes.
    You may be the only person in the world who thinks that Gillette is nicer than Rapid City.
    Wellington is not too bad. Lots of growth in that area in the past few years (as will all of Larimier County). Plus you have Budweiser as a neighbor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    You may be the only person in the world who thinks that Gillette is nicer than Rapid City.
    +1 The Black Hills is one of my favorite places in the country. I lived in Rapid for a while and it was a pretty nice place for a city.

    Quote Originally Posted by badhat View Post
    fort collins is great and very affordable.
    Affordable compared to what? California?

    Quote Originally Posted by slickyricky View Post
    I am going to be honest with you. I just drove through Wyoming and no amount of money, I mean no amount, could convince me to move there. Its not worth it, don't do it. Aside from being heavily polluted, both in its ground/groundwater, its desolate, always windy, and the weather is insanely harsh.
    There, fixed it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choke View Post
    +1 The Black Hills is one of my favorite places in the country. I lived in Rapid for a while and it was a pretty nice place for a city.



    Affordable compared to what? California?



    There, fixed it for you.

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