Unexpected

Why unexpected? People who remember Greeley as a small town haven’t been here in a while—we know because people who visit now are always pleasantly surprised. There is so much more to Greeley than you might think.

  • We're getting bigger and better all the time.

    Greeley's population is now estimated to be over 100,000, a huge increase from the 1990 population of 60,536. Greeley has grown, but not just in population.  We’re bigger, more interesting, and more diverse than ever before. 

  • Where to go, what to do, who to see.

    Where do we start? There’s the list of signature events like the UNC/Greeley Jazz Fest,  Greeley Stampede, Arts Picnic, Blues Jam, Weld County Fair and Oktobrewfest. But then you can’t forget the High Plains Chautauqua, Neighborhood Nights, Agriculture Feast and Fest, the Great Greeley Chalk-a-Lot, and the University of Northern Colorado and the Union Colony Civic Center seasons of performances. Top that off with the Greeley Chorale, Friday Fests, First Fridays, UNC Homecoming week, the Ice Haus , the Poudre River Trail, a full schedule of events at the Moxi Theater and other music venues, and the calendar starts getting very full, very fast. In fact, the list is so long; we can only mention a few in this list.

    Great things are always going on in Greeley.

  • You won't go hungry.

    Greeley's economy is still causing a stir with great national rankings and with the population growth we’re seeing, new businesses continue to open all the time. It’s hard to keep track of the new restaurants, new microbreweries, new shops, and the new special events, but it’s fun trying to keep up. What we’re saying is you won’t go hungry (or thirsty) for things to experience in Greeley.

  • Educational success is contagious.

    The success of Greeley's K-12 students, including our refugee population, is incredible. That success is spreading across the city—the high school graduation rate exceeds the state average and Greeley schools continue to produce gifted and talented kids. Every year we keep adding to the number of prestigious Boettcher Scholars produced by our local public schools. A new initiative gives students free transportation around town and helps them to become productive adults with internships, mentoring, leadership training, and even financial assistance for post-secondary education.

  • Greeley and Weld County feed the world.

    Weld Country is one of the top-ten agricultural producing counties in the country, that said, there are no feedlots in Greeley and there haven’t been for many years—it’s simply a part of our historical past.

Did You Know...

#5

The Gallup-Healthways 2015 Community Well-Being Index ranked Greeley #5 in the small cities category and #34 in the overall rankings out of 190 communities of all sizes.

18,761 feet

The length of the continuous chalk art drawing created when Greeley set a world record at the Great Greeley Chalk-a-Lot in 2015.

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Greeley was named one of the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live in 2016 by Livability.com. “Hip, happening and highly affordable, Greeley, has a groove” is how the list described our city.

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Greeley was selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Greeley was featured as a top 8 tax-friendly city early this year.

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The Milken Institute ranked the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area (basically all of Weld County) 9th on their list of Best-Performing Cities – up from #14 in 2014. Greeley is the only Colorado city listed in the top 10.

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Greeley is ranked #4 by the online job research site Glassdoor on their list of The 25 Cities That Bounced Back Best from the Great Recession.

4th

ApartmentList.com ranked Greeley as their 4th Best Colorado City for Young Families. Criteria for the ranking included crime, schools, housing scores and more.

9th

Online real estate site Trulia recently ranked major U.S. cities based on the seven deadly sins, also called the cardinal sins. Greeley placed 9th on the list as one of America’s Most Saintly Cities.

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Miles of trail offered for running, walking, biking as well as fishing, canoeing and educational opportunities on the Poudre River and Sheep Draw trails

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The amount it costs a student (up to 18 years of age) to ride the bus anywhere in town, thanks to the Ride Free With ID program.

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For the second year in a row, North Colorado Medical Center has been named among the nation’s top 50 hospitals, according to Healthgrades. The distinction puts NCMC among the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

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The number of art exhibitions presented every year at the Tointon Gallery.