Superior Living with Lower Costs
One of Colorado’s fastest-growing metro areas, the greater Greeley community sits at the intersection of industry, energy development, higher education and agriculture. Home to more than 100,000 people, the city of Greeley is county seat of Weld County, with neighboring towns that include Evans, Garden City, Gill, Kersey and La Salle.
Agriculture and food processing are huge in the Greeley area. In fact, 75 percent of Weld County’s 2.5 million acres are devoted to agriculture through farming, livestock, grain storage, processing and shipment, and related services. Food production giants like Leprino Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride and JBS are among the area’s largest companies, employing talent with a wide range of skills. Similarly, the oil and gas industry is a major part of the Greeley area economy with companies such as Noble Energy having a well-established presence.
For 130 years, the University of Northern Colorado has been at the forefront of academics and athletics in the Greeley area. The fifth largest university in the state, UNC’s average annual enrollment is nearly 13,000 students that come from as many as 47 countries.
Also in Greeley is Aims Community College, offering more than 200 programs and 4,000 courses.
Quality of Life
Stroll around Downtown Greeley, which features a historic park, unique art galleries and a robust concentration of local dining and shopping. A Colorado Certified Creative District, the downtown lures artists from across the spectrum, including dramatic, visual, musical and interactive arts.
Greeley’s city center is an inspired place for business and professionals. Magnolia River Manufacturing Corp. uses wood and other natural materials to produce architectural elements for bakeries, hospitals, retail shops and other clients, while technology and creativity meet at Project Ricochet, a web development agency focused on supporting entrepreneurs.
Speaking of startups, the University of Northern Colorado’s BizHub Collaborative is an incubator that supports existing and new businesses seeking to strengthen and grow. Innovators can find space to collaborate at places like Eight-0-Eight, an energetic co-working place in Downtown Greeley.
Affordability reigns in the Greeley area. With a median home price of approximately $267,000, and utilities, healthcare and transportation costs lower than the national average, Greeley and its neighboring communities of Evans, Garden City, Gill, Kersey and La Salle are an affordable option for a great quality of life.