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Retire in Longmont, Colorado?
Overview: With the Rocky Mountains' Front Range and Longs Peak in the distance, low key Longmont sits on high plain in pretty north central Colorado. Its roots are in agriculture, and the city is still surrounded by farmland and more than 1,000 acres of open space.
Longmont is award-winning for its bicycle friendliness and holds an annual triathlon. Golden Ponds Park is a greenway trailhead, and Roger's Grove Park sits near the St. Vrain River. Rhythm on the River, an outdoor festival, is held here each year. The city's Union Reservoir offers fishing, swimming and wakeless boating, and Eldora, a very laid back ski area, is just 45 minutes away. World class ski resorts are two hours away. Longmont also puts a heavy emphasis on public art, and exhibits at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center feature local history and international artists. The city's historic Main Street hosts a yearly festival and is the site of a craft brewery and the Dickens Opera House.
High tech firms are taking hold here, too. Village at the Peaks is an up and coming mall. Restaurants come in types and price ranges. The Boulder County Fair happens once a year.
Older neighborhoods have small, wood frame houses, but newer areas have raised ranch ramblers, Craftsmans and stylish four squares. Many have sweeping mountain views.
Population: 92,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 31% above the national average.
Median Home Price: $375,000
Climate: Summers bring temperatures in the 70s, 80s and 90s, and winters bring temperatures in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 20 inches of rain and 32 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, but it is limited and is primarily a bus to neighboring Boulder.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very liberal
Is Colorado Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 73% higher than the national average.
Notes: Longmont has grown by nearly 20% in the last decade. The city is racially diverse and is a pleasant place. People who can not afford to live in Boulder often choose to live in Longmont.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Similar to California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.
The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.
With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.
The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
Population - 5,540,322
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 91%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 38%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 21%
White persons, not Hispanic - 68%
Median household income - $60,422
Median home value - $247,800
Social Security taxed? Yes
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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