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In Colorado, one of the plans on offer is to move to the mountains where the elevation is higher--and the temperature cooler. Leadville (10,000 feet = 3100 meters), for example, is cold most of the year (high today 42 F = 5.5 C, low 18 F = -8 C). There are lots of options including resort towns, small towns with minimal economies, and raw land.

Problems include:

  • Rising prices of mountain land as Baby Boomers dispose of their 401k money
  • Demand for labor in resort towns has outstripped supply due to low wages and lousy working conditions
  • Decent hospitals are rare; mostly you would go to a local emergency room and plan to get taken to Denver via helicopter
  • Water supply problems unless you get town water or an established property with suitable water rights
  • Schools and other city services are of marginal quality
  • Politics in rural areas tends to be extremely conservative

Maybe not the bailout plan you were looking for!
by asdf on Fri Apr 15th, 2022 at 10:20:09 PM EST

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