has written 2 SperlingViews. Currently, Nesrin is living in Morrison, CO and has a little something to say:
Nice family environment Posted On: 9/24/2009 5:24:01 AM
I grew up in Longmont and spent the majority of my childhood and teen years there. It's a nice place to raise a family being a friendly small town and not too expensive to live in. The schools are good with the exceptions being some of the high schools. The crime rate is low and it's a safe atmosphere. It's grown a lot since I lived there and you'll probably still have to commute elsewhere to find a decent job, but the town is bigger every time I visit. The population is somewhat diverse with mostly a Latino and White population and most people are middle class. Unfortunately though, Longmont itself has few attractions and there's not much to do which can be a problem. There's a small mall, a mediocre movie theater and a couple community events going on through out the year... Luckily Boulder is only 10-15 minutes away, Denver is about 40 minutes away, and the mountains are easily accessible... But especially for the younger crowd like myself when I was living there, boredom was a real issue. Longmont has earned the moniker "Bongmont" and this can be a problem for high school age kids in the area. I've since moved to Denver and I was happy to leave Longmont behind. It's a great place for families or even retirees but there's few opportunities and it's a stifling environment for singles or young adults.
Not very friendly Posted On: 9/24/2009 4:10:10 AM
I've never lived in Highland's Ranch but I did work there for over a year and for me, this one of those places I chuckle dryly at as I drive past. I work in a field that requires a very high amount of customer service and I met a lot of people while working here. Almost everyone I met was very proud to live in this town to the point where they looked down on people who weren't residents. I was often asked where I was from and then treated to smug comments about how much better Highland's Ranch is and there was a consistent feeling of being an unwelcome outsider. It looks like a pretty nice place to live, well maintained and I heard way more than I wanted to about how much better the schools are and how much lower the crime rate is, but if you're looking for anything more than a suburb to raise a family in then you'll be disappointed; there's nothing at all to do in Highland's Ranch. And there's no diversity, everyone is white and upper-middle class to white and very wealthy.