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Life in Pueblo is poor - 10/12/2008
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Dee
Pueblo, CO

Quality of life is very poor. City is dirty and for the most part, unkept.
Many rural areas where people refuse to modernize.
Not many jobs and no high paying jobs unless you want to be a telemarketer.

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Rachel

re: - 5/8/2013
I moved back to Pueblo after being out of state for six years. It a great little place. It has parts that can use some work but I haven't been to another state that doesn't. As far as "Poor" the only people that can't find jobs are the ones not looking. I tested this by applying to seven different types of companies and I interviewed with five within two weeks. The people are pretty rude and lazy, a lot of those that claim to be "Minorities" actually hold the higher end of the population.


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RICK
Pueblo, CO

Pueblo Crime Rate - 5/24/2015

Are you crazy?? This is not a "best place to live" if you want to keep your stuff. Burglaries and auto thefts are HUGE, and if, for any reason, you shop, the number of panhandlers in the parking lots are growing each day. Oh, by the way, the number of crimes has increased exponentially since the legalization of marijuana, and is going up daily.

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Josie
Pueblo, CO

cost of living - 5/11/2015

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ashley
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Help me decide on Pueblo, Co - 4/14/2015

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Mike
Pueblo, CO

Good place to live - 3/10/2013

I am not promoting Pueblo as a place to move to, in fact most of us are happy with the size of our town. The reason for this post is to counter some of the posts I have seen on this site. I was born and raised in Pueblo so living in this community I believe I do know enough about it to share an understanding of my home town. I have lived in Denver, Southern California, Seattle, and have spent time back east so my experience is not just of Pueblo What does Pueblo offer that other cities don’t? It is as simple as someone unknown to you saying hello while standing in line at the check out. Most people from Pueblo are friendly. They are not out to impress. They are excepting of those who are different. The crime rate, if you look at the numbers is not any higher then towns for this size. I feel safe most anywhere in the community.. All my children graduated from Pueblo schools an went on to higher education. Teaching, nursing, and law-enforcement. 3 of my grand children have or getting ready to Graduate from CSU-Pueblo. So education in town I feel is good. I have only one child that has moved away.He and his family live in Denver, but comes down to Pueblo often, staying close to friends and family. I have become friends with those who have moved to Pueblo, due to work and when they retired elected to stay. It is friendly, comfortable, cost of living is good and the climate is great. Many of their family members have also moved here as well. If you want all the things a big city offers Pueblo is not the place. For that you would have to travel to Springs or Denver, but if you are looking for a places that offers a feel of small town with many of the things of a bigger city then Pueblo is the place.

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Abner Snowps
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Wounderful Pueblo! A drinkers paradice! - 2/17/2013

What many may not understand about Pueblo, is that it's a very simple city.There are a lot of people to get drunk and party with! I have got drunk MANY times in Pueblo, and let me till you, them people LOVE to get drunk and the cops leave you alone! So just go out, get a bottle of booze then get happy and walk the streets, and in no time you'll fine someone to get drunk with! That is about the best advice I can give anyone who wants to move to Pueblo.

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tanya
Pueblo, CO

Don't do it!!!! - 1/1/2013

If you value your quality of life, moving to pueblo is the wrong answer. The only thing i ever hear as to why people move here is because of the mountains. That is all Pueblo has to offer otherwise its a cesspool!!!

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Bp
Austin, TX

Politics - 9/14/2012

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William
Pueblo, CO

Noise - 1/27/2012

Pueblo is a very noisy city. No matter where you go, and for most of 24 hours, is the constant thumping of the bass of car stereos. When you contact the city police there is no enforcement of the city and state noise laws. When I contacted the city council members their response was any where from no response to there are laws but it depends on enforcement. The quality of life is not measured by jobs and social institutions alone, but also by the behavior of others too. Pueblo allows a very, very small minority of people go around and essentially thumb their nose at the law at the expense of others peace of mind. A person can't even enjoy the quiet of their homes without having to listen to the constant thumping of the car bass and vibrating of windows and walls. I have seen several times where Pueblo police were sitting next to a car with the bass cranked up, obviously breaking the law, and they have done nothing.

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pat
Pueblo, CO

Life in pueblo - 12/29/2011

I have been reading a lot of negative comments about pueblo but where you live is what you make of it. If you are determined to be unhappy, you will be unhappy. I have lived in a lot of places and they all have positive and negatives. Happiness is not where you live but a state of mind

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Jane
Pueblo, CO

about Pueblo Colorado - 3/12/2011

Lived here more than 30 years simply because the spouse doesn't want to move and has good income from sources outside of Pueblo. Most people who don't like Pueblo are here because they can't get the other half to move. Some still here because they went broke and can't move. Mostly, the ones wanting to leave are wives because women here don't really like to make new friends. They have friends they've known since birth or at least high school, and their family is all here. They don't need new friends. You make friends with people who aren't from here and all you end up doing is griping about how bad you want to leave but the spouse won't do it. Most of those spouses are home grown Puebloans. There aren't really any groups to join here either. Two good things about Pueblo - clean air and no rush hour traffic. Cultural life is minimal. Economy very bad. Poverty rate really high. Mostly small local employers who won't or can't pay decent wages and tell young people they don't need to attend college. If you don't have connections you'll be lucky if you can get in with one of the few larger companies. A few big companies are here but their facilities aren't big. If you're lucky, you can work your way up to $40,000 a year over ten or fifteen years. Population is about 50/50 white and hispanic. They pretend to like each other but I think they really don't because they tend to stick with their own (weird to watch the racial/ethnic dynamic here). Most of the native Puebloans have never travelled outside of the city. Seriously, never even been to Denver. Many are so poor they can't maintain the old small homes they own. Some have their mortgages paid off and most drive new cars. But a lot of them have bill collectors chasing them. It's wierd but it seems like a lot of these people don't even know how poor they are. I guess because they've never worked anywhere else and don't have family that did either. If you plan to open a business here well, check out the economy before putting any money in it. Most retirees are barely surviving because they never earned enough to save any money. Many employers don't offer 401(k) or health benefits. Education system very poor, except for the university, but most of its graduates leave Pueblo in order to make more than $8 or $10 an hour after graduating. Pueblo largely has upper middle class, lower middle class and poor. Not many in the middle part of middle class. Crime is bad especially domestic violence and gang activity, burglaries, muggings. Home invasions were a big problem a few years ago but they either stopped or have been hushed up. The area around the country club declined because everyone moved out after the invasions started. A lot of things in Pueblo get hushed up because the locals don't want to be embarrassed by having negative things about Pueblo made public. Pueblo is kind of a joke in the northern part of the state because of stuff like that. So Puebloans stay quiet and nothing changes or things just get worse. They denied they had gangs for about 10 years, until they just couldn't deny it anymore when graffiti was all over everything in the city. If you're thinking about living here, rent for six months, see if you can get a job that pays enough to live on, find out if your kids will be safe and able to learn anything in school, and see if you can make any friends. If you decide you like it, then you can buy a house, but be careful about the "inexpensive" housing because most of it is in bad neighborhoods. The rural areas are pretty good places to live but they're expensive and have no public transportation, shopping, etc. You'll spend a fortune on gas. By the way, city busses in Pueblo only run until 6:00 p.m. and don't run at all on Sundays, so public transportation sucks even in the city. If you come from a big city and don't like to brown nose in order to have a good job or career, Pueblo's not the place for you. If you're not "someone" you'll have a very hard time financially. Most newcomers don't stay because they can't make enough money. That was the case even before the recession. Employers make you work overtime but don't pay you time and a half. They also like to make you exempt from overtime and then work you to death. They expect you to do all this volunteer stuff for them on your own time. This region of the state is so poor that businesses don't make a lot of money. They like to run with minimal staffing and work you 50 or 60 hours a week for chump change. Puebloans don't seem to know their rights and never reports these chumps to the Department of Labor so they just work for nothing and then don't know why they're broke when they retire, if they ever get to retire. Commuting to Colorado Springs to work isn't a great option either. Maintenance costs on your car are huge along with all the gas you have to pay for. The commute is about an hour if you're going to the north end of Colorado Springs and their job market was hit harder than Pueblo's from the recession and hasn't really come back. Pueblo didn't get hit as hard because it doesn't have as many businesses. Most of the hits in Pueblo were in construction. Don't let a realtor tell you you don't need a cooling system in the $200,000 house you're about to buy in Pueblo or Pueblo West. It actually has happened. 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Another time, a realtor rented a rural house to someone from out of town. The house was on well water. Everyone started getting sick and they finally had the county test the well water. It was contaminated. The owners and the realtor knew it before they rented it out too. Realtors get away with murder in Colorado, so be forewarned - check out everything a realtor tells you before you sign a contract on a house anywhere in the state. Pueblo has a code that if you need a new water heater you can't install it yourself. You have to hire a licensed professional. Found that out when a friend of ours tried to replace his water heater. I think they did it to force people to pay businesses so they can stay in business. Favorite form of entertainment for women in Pueblo? Shopping and going out to eat. Pueblo has nothing but run of the mill restaurants and fast food joints. Obesity rate is ridiculous here. So is teenage pregnancy and drug use. I could go on but you get the message. I'm outahere as soon as spouse agrees. I'm applying the pressure like never before cause I can't face another 30 years here. It may come down to me or Pueblo, take your pick. That's how bad it is.

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Jorin
Smithton, IL

Everytime I go to Peublo a homeless man touches me - 3/7/2011

Seriously... stop it homeless guy. It's rude and it makes me sad.

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jon
Pueblo, CO

Shocking Violent Crime Rate + not all reported - 1/9/2011

Here are the 2 figures that should concern you. In 3 years from 2006 the violent crime rate has increased 42%. As of 2009 the violent crime per capita was 72% higher than neighboring Colorado Springs. The local media is too afraid of bothering city leaders to talk about violent crime rate and since Colorado Springs paper recently addressed it the Police department stated that the numbers were tainted because it includes "attempted" murder. I don't know about you, but that sounds like a violent crime to me and I dont want someone "attempting" to kill me either. The Police also for 2010 suddenly can't report stats to FBI per the same way they have done it for over 10 years. Why? Because they are afraid of the facts and dont want data seen by public. Me? well I have had cops "no show" for 2 calls to 911, gace plate number, stellar description, and requested to press charges on gang punks driving around threatening with gun with result of zero, and when someone chased my vehicle and broke out window trying to rob me I was threatened by police that they would find traffic citations to give me if I filed charges despite assailant caught and admitting guilt while blood from breaking my window gushed from his arm. So just imagine how much crime isn't reported? Despite above average number of officers you can drive across town twice and never see one. Since no cops, if you honk at any young males here they instantly want to fight or run you off the road and NOBODY can drive between the lines around here. I've had enough and my newborn son forced the issue. We are moving to somewhere with same good weather, same low cost housing, same nature, BUT SAFE!! Try Prescott, AZ!

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vette
Pueblo, CO

Scary! - 5/3/2010

I moved here 2 years ago and what a mistake that was. I've lived in the mountains, plains, Denver and the Springs, so I know from which I speak. The reason for the move was affordable housing. Unfortunately all I got was shooting, drugs, cops chasing people in my neighborhood, car jacking on my street, and insane hooligans on the 4th of July. Yes, hooligans! Shooting illegal fireworks in a dry field and people's houses. 30+ people on a dead end street. Cops? After notifying them after 2 hours of this they never showed up. So much for protection! Just drive down I25 and notice all the slum areas on either side. Horrible place to live and, yes, I'm running away and leaving my house to the mortgage company. Too scared to wait it out to sell. Unless you're a gang member or illegal, don't move here!

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Paul
Pueblo, CO

Clean Air - 1/27/2009

After living in Pueblo for two years - i am of the opinion that it has very clean air.

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Dee
Pueblo, CO

Life in Pueblo is poor - 10/12/2008

Quality of life is very poor. City is dirty and for the most part, unkept. Many rural areas where people refuse to modernize. Not many jobs and no high paying jobs unless you want to be a telemarketer.

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Clint
Barry, IL

Pueblo - Pros/Cons - 4/6/2008

Pros: 1. Low crime rate 2. Extremely low cost of living and housing for region 3. Affordable place to live 4. Beautiful view of the mountains 5. Lake recreation at Lake Pueblo nearby Cons: 1. People have to drive 40 miles to Colorado Springs for work 2. Poor school system 3. Huge meth lab problem 4. You have to travel 50 miles or more for mountain recreation

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Steve
Denver, CO

Pueblo as Regional Cultural/Educational Center - 3/24/2008

The new Robert Hoag Rawlins Library, new zoo exhibits, Buell Children's Museum, Riverwalk, Art Center, historical landmarks/museums, theater groups, Pueblo Community College, and Colorado State University--Pueblo have changed Pueblo from a polluted steel town into the cultural and educational center of southeastern Colorado for residents of every age. Unfortunately, its proximity to the larger Colorado Springs (40 miles) and Denver (105 miles) metropolitan areas tends to diminish this regional importance.

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Chris
Pueblo, CO

Getting Better - 3/14/2008

I have lived in Pueblo for 3 years now and the city has only gotten better, in my opinion. My husband still drives to Springs for work, but that is not unusual. I have three children (ages 7,4,2) and the recreation for them is great. There is the Children's Museum, Pueblo Zoo, a lot of parks, city pools, and the Pueblo Reservoir. Plus Pueblo is only a 30 minutes away from the San Isabel National Forest and the Wet Mountains. I have had no problems with the schools my children attend. The teachers are always very helpful and have a genuine interest in the kids education. The school district recently hired a new administrator who wants to make Pueblo City Schools a world class institution, and the plans are already in motion. Pueblo has several festivals, inlcuding the Chile and Frijole, State Fair, and the B Street Festival just to name a few. It is a slow-paced town and there stills seems to be a "old boy's club" mentality, but from my perspective things are continuing to get better all the time.

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DF
Topeka, KS

Pueblo - 8/1/2007

I lived in Pueblo for 5 years. I have listed below the pros and cons of the city. Pros 1. very good weather 2. nice people 3. nice place for a retiree 4. low crime rate Cons 1. awful job market, many people have to commute to Co. Springs for work 2. many of the people aren't very ambitious and have little career goals 3. awful school system 4. many people stuck in the past who can't let go of their HS glory days 5. limited cultural scene 6. it is a steel town that died as a city long ago

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