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In the Shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Low Key Longmont is Surrounded by Farmland, Open Space and Beckons to People Who Love the Outdoors
Longmont sits on a high plain about 35 miles north of Denver in pretty north central Colorado and came of age as an agricultural hub. With the Rocky Mountains' Front Range and Longs Peak in the distance, Longmont is soothing and semi-rural, surrounded by farmland and more than 1,000 acres of open space.
It attracts people who love the outdoors, want a beautiful setting and cannot quite afford trendy Boulder to the southwest. As the city grows, high tech firms are taking hold, too. The attractive, historic Main Street hosts festivals and is the site of a craft breweries, eateries, galleries and the Dickens Opera House. Roger's Grove Park sits near the St. Vrain River and hosts a festival, too. The Boulder County Fair happens once a year, and the city's Union Reservoir offers fishing, swimming and wakeless boating. Eldora, a very laid back ski area, is just 45 minutes away, and world class ski resorts are just two hours away. Locals enjoy lots of public art, as well as exhibits at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. Restaurants come in all types, sizes and price ranges.
Older neighborhoods have small, wood frame houses, but newer areas on the outskirts of town feature stylish custom homes. Many have sweeping Front Range views.
Population: 105,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 32%
Cost of Living: 30% above the national average.
Median Home Price: $580,000
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 primarily a bus to neighboring Boulder.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very liberal
College Educated: 60%
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% within the last decade. Home prices have increased 3% since a year ago.
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.
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