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Overview

Introduction to Greeley, Colorado

Greeley is located in Weld County and is 49 miles away from the city of Denver. The Cache la Poudre River runs through the northern portion of Greeley. The city is situated in an arid region, however back in 1980 the town was given the Tree City USA designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The vast irrigation system is the primary factor for the large number of trees. Greeley has been a primary center for agriculture in Northern Colorado. Residents and visitors enjoy the well known Greeley Independence Stampede.

History

The city is situated on the former location of the Overland Trail station of Latham, which was constructed in 1862. It was given the name in tribute to Milton S. Latham, a former senator from the state of California. Due to being situated at the convergence of the South Platte River and the Cache la Poudre River it was one of the most prominent and active stations for the Overland Trail. The city was established as the "Union Colony." It was created by Nathan C. Meeker, a newspaper reporter formerly located in New York City. The town was an utopian experiment which was supposed to be guided by high moral standards. It was renamed Greeley as a tribute to Horace Greeley who had served as Meeker's editor while he was writing for the New York Tribune. Greeley is known for making the phrase "Go West Young Man" famous.

Events

The Greeley Independence Stampede is the one of the most prominent festivals in Colorado. Visitors arrive from all over the country to attend the event. The festival features a notable rodeo, country and classic rock music, fireworks, a carnival and other forms of entertainment. There are numerous other events in the area including:

  • Festival of Trees
  • Greeley Lights the Nights
  • Greeley Fiesta
  • Greeley Blues Fest
  • Centennial Village contains numerous structures showcasing the architecture and the way of life in the northern portion of Colorado from 1860 to 1920
  • Fort Vasquez Museum is an historic adobe fort
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery & Clydesdale Barn
  • Bison Herd and Ranch is open to visitors
  • Gateway Park
  • Big Thompson Canyon
  • Thunderbird Art Gallery
  • Union Colony Civic Center
  • The Weld County Fair is popular with residents and tourists

Activities

The region provides numerous locations for fishing such as Seeley Lake, Glenmere Park and Riverside Park. Hiking and bicycle riding opportunities can be found at the Poudre River Trail Corridor. The Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch offers visitors the chance to live on a active cattle ranch. Riding lessons, performing cattle work, fishing, roping lessons and other activities are offered.

Higher Education

The University of Northern Colorado and Aims Community College are located in Greeley.

People

Total Population 97,074
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 42,909
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,881
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,860
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,882

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,640
% Above Poverty Level 79.8%
% Below Poverty Level 20.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.2%
Median Gross Rent $797
Median House Value $173,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.7%
Irish 9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Greeley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 49 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Weld
Standard Zip Codes 80631, 80634
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80632, 80633
Company Zip Codes 80638, 80639
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.423
Longitude -104.708

Greeley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GREELEY UNC
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 40 F
Apr Temp 36 to 63 F
Jul Temp 59 to 89 F
Oct Temp 37 to 66 F
Annual Precip 14.2 inches
Station FORT COLLINS
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 42 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 86 F
Oct Temp 35 to 64 F
Annual Precip 15.8 inches
Station LONGMONT 2 ESE
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 42 F
Apr Temp 32 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 89 F
Oct Temp 33 to 67 F
Annual Precip 14.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Eaton 4,662 $78,529
Evans 20,308 $50,541
Kersey 1,585 $61,974
La Salle 2,571 $53,333
Milliken 5,975 $75,876

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Greeley Public Libraries

Library
Weld Library Distric
1939 61ST AVENUE
Greeley, Colorado
(970) 506-8550
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Greeley Hospitals

NORTH COLORADO MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1801 16TH STREET
(970) 350-6544
Emergency Service: Yes

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Greeley High Schools

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GREELEY WEST HIGH SCHOOL
2401 35TH AVENUE
970-348-5400
Serves 1,486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

GREELEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
1515 14TH AVENUE
970-348-5000
Serves 1,333 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

NORTHRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
100 71ST AVENUE
970-348-5200
Serves 1,165 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

UNIVERSITY SCHOOLS
6525 18TH STREET
970-330-2221
A Charter School.
Serves 887 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

FRONTIER CHARTER ACADEMY
2560 WEST 29TH STREET
970-330-1780
A Charter School.
Serves 796 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

UNION COLONY PREPATORY SCHOOL
2000 CLUBHOUSE DRIVE
970-348-2800
A Charter School.
Serves 166 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

WELD OPPORTUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
2505 1ST AVENUE
970-351-7472
A Non-traditional School
Serves 123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL OF GREELEY
2651 11TH STREET ROAD
970-353-6132
A Non-traditional School
Serves 115 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

TRADEMARK LEARNING CENTER
1401 22ND AVENUE
970-348-3550
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING PROGRAM
6525 W 18 STREET
970-506-7035
A Special Education School
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

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