Longmont Area Information.
Named for scenic and prominent Long’s Peak, Longmont offers a bustling Main Street and a bounty of family-friendly and outdoor activities, all punctuated by views of the town’s towering “fourteener.” The community is a family town of 95,000 with a flourishing local job market in high tech and healthcare, along with easy access to major business centers in Fort Collins, Denver, and Boulder. It was recently named the #1 Top Boomtown in America by SmartAsset, one of the Best Places to Live in America by Money.com, and received the coveted All-America City Award by the National Civic League.
Culture: Family-Friendly and Forward Moving
Founded in 1871 by Chicagoans, who developed its fertile agricultural lands, Longmont has been growing and changing with the times ever since. Today, Longmont spans 22 square miles packed with 1,500 acres of parks and outdoor recreation galore with fishing and boating at the 736-acre Union Reservoir, Golden Ponds and the St. Vrain Greenway; skateboarding at five skate parks; and 42 miles of trails and greenways for walking, running, and biking.
Around town, there’s something for everyone with a recreation center, live theater, private and public golf courses, and an outdoor sports complex.
Residents can tap successful craft breweries that distribute their delicious brews nationwide: Oskar Blues and Left Hand Brewing Company.
A downtown Main Street beckons with independent shops, galleries, and restaurants. Grand homes grace the historic Westside and Eastside neighborhoods. A new retail area, Village at the Peaks, is alive with major retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment.
St. Vrain Valley School District starting at the kindergarten level and extends through the 12th-grade. The 51-year-old Front Range Community College is developing a 27,000-square-foot manufacturing technology center.
Economy: Healthy and Growing
Longmont’s new nationally recognized NextLight municipal broadband service puts the city on the leading edge, delivering 1-gigabyte speeds for businesses and residents.
Longmont is one of the central locations for computer and data storage in the U.S., according to BizWest. Tech companies and startups are attracted to Longmont’s skilled workforce, infrastructure, lower real estate prices, and healthy economic development and business-friendly atmosphere.
With innovative businesses in hard drive manufacturing, software, biotechnology, semiconductors, and food processors, the Longmont Economic Development Partnership reports that significant employers include:
J.M. Smucker Company
Nite Ize Inc.
Longs Peak Hospital
Longmont United Hospital
In housing, Longmont has something for everyone. The city has long been one of the more affordable areas, seen as a breath of fresh air for those who want to buy a home or buy commercial property in Boulder County. Longmont has been one of the most affordable cities in Boulder County for single-family homes compared with nearby towns, according to the 2018 Longmont Housing Affordability Review.
While prices have risen along with the rest of the area, families still find homes for less than half the cost of nearby Boulder.
New housing developments are sprouting to meet the needs of newcomers. And with scenic mountain views, luxury homes are also available.
You won't be surprised to see Longmont's highlights:
- No. 1 Top Boomtown in America, SmartAsset, 2019
- Voted The Best Place to Live in America, Money.com, 2019
- All-American City Award, National Civic League, 2018
- No.7 Top 10 Best Places to Get a Fresh Start, Livibility.com, 2019
- A Top Digital City in America 2019, The Center for Digital Government (CDG), 2019
- No. 1 Fastest Internet Provider (NextLight™), PC Magazine, 2018
- No. 2 Top 10 Cities for STEM Workers, Livability.com, 2018
You can see the full list of rankings at http://www.longmont.org/About-Us/Rankings-Accolades.aspx
and at https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/public-information/awards
Sources: BizWest Economic Profile & Market Facts, Current U.S. Census Bureau Data, Boulder Area Association of Realtors, IRES MLS for 2017
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