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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population98,975
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens12%
Employed Population 16+43,935
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married45%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.6%
Median Earnings25+$33,375
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,786
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,313

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,163
% Above Poverty Level81%
% Below Poverty Level19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone25.7%
Median Gross Rent$831
Median House Value$183,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39%
German19.9%
Irish8.2%
English6.7%
Italian2.8%
Swedish2.5%
French Except Basque1.9%
Scottish1.6%
Norwegian1.5%
Polish1.3%
Dutch1.1%
African0.9%
Russian0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Czech0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Canadian0.3%
Somali0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Ethiopian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Arab0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
West Indian0.1%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Sierra Leone0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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Greeley Almanac

CategoryValue
County Weld County
Standard Zip Codes80634, 80631
P.O. Box Zip Codes80632, 80633
Company Zip Codes80638, 80639
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude40.42
Approximate Longitude-104.74

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)

StationGREELEY UNC
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp16 to 40 F
Apr Temp36 to 63 F
Jul Temp59 to 89 F
Oct Temp37 to 66 F
Annual Precip14.2 inches
StationFORT COLLINS
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp15 to 42 F
Apr Temp34 to 61 F
Jul Temp57 to 86 F
Oct Temp35 to 64 F
Annual Precip15.8 inches
StationLONGMONT 2 ESE
Distance25.9 miles
Jan Temp12 to 42 F
Apr Temp32 to 62 F
Jul Temp55 to 89 F
Oct Temp33 to 67 F
Annual Precip14.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Eaton4,791$77,700
Evans20,767$54,489
Kersey1,664$72,500
La Salle2,588$56,645
Milliken6,157$79,488

Greeley Public Libraries

High Plains Library District
2650 W. 29TH ST.
Greeley, Colorado
(970) 506-8550

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Greeley Hospitals

North Colorado Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1801 16th Street
(970) 352-4121

Greeley Public Schools

Bella Romero Academy Of Applied Technology
1400 East 20th Street
ZIP: 80631
Primary
Total Enrollment 988
Cameron School
1424 13th Avenue
ZIP: 80631
East Memorial Elementary School
614 East 20th Street
ZIP: 80631
Greeley Central High School
1515 14th Avenue
ZIP: 80631
High
Total Enrollment 1478
Heath Middle School
2223 16th Street
ZIP: 80631
Middle
Total Enrollment 611
Jackson Elementary School
2002 25th Street
ZIP: 80631
Primary
Total Enrollment 481
Jefferson High School
1315 4th Avenue
ZIP: 80631
High
Total Enrollment 407
John Evans Middle School
2900 15th Avenue
ZIP: 80631
Middle
Total Enrollment 634
Maplewood Elementary School
1201 21st Avenue
ZIP: 80631
Primary
Total Enrollment 633
Martinez Elementary School
341 14th Avenue
ZIP: 80631
Primary
Total Enrollment 596
Platte Valley Youth Services Center
2200 West O Street
ZIP: 80631
Other
Total Enrollment 53
West Ridge Academy
6200 West 20th Street
ZIP: 80631
Other
Total Enrollment 228
Salida Del Sol Academy
111 E 26th Street
ZIP: 80633
Primary
Total Enrollment 644
Brentwood Middle School
2600 24th Avenue Court
ZIP: 80634
Middle
Total Enrollment 442
Centennial Boces High School
2020 Clubhouse Drive
ZIP: 80634
High
Total Enrollment 139
Engage Online Academy
1424 13th Avenue
ZIP: 80634
Other
Total Enrollment 138
Franklin Middle School
818 35th Avenue
ZIP: 80634
Middle
Total Enrollment 807
Frontier Charter Academy
2560 West 29th Street
ZIP: 80634
Other
Total Enrollment 1566
Greeley West High School
2401 35th Avenue
ZIP: 80634
High
Total Enrollment 1581
Innovative Connections High School
2020 Clubhouse Drive
ZIP: 80634
High
Total Enrollment 26
Madison Elementary School
500 24th Avenue
ZIP: 80634
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
Mcauliffe Elementary School
600 51st Avenue
ZIP: 80634
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Meeker Elementary School
2221 28th Avenue
ZIP: 80634
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Monfort Elementary School
2101 47th Avenue
ZIP: 80634
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Northridge High School
100 71st Avenue
ZIP: 80634
High
Total Enrollment 1118
Scott Elementary School
3000 13th Street
ZIP: 80634
Primary
Total Enrollment 481
Shawsheen Elementary School
4020 West 7th Street
ZIP: 80634
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Union Colony Preparatory School
2000 Clubhouse Drive
ZIP: 80634
Other
Total Enrollment 488
University Schools
6525 18th Street
ZIP: 80634
Other
Total Enrollment 1784
Winograd K-8 Elementary School
320 North 71st Avenue
ZIP: 80634
Primary
Total Enrollment 684

Greeley Private Schools

St Mary's Catholic School
2351 22nd Ave
ZIP: 80631
Elementary
Total Enrollment 185
Adventist Christian School
612 23rd Ave
ZIP: 80634
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
Dayspring Christian Academy
3734 W 20th St
ZIP: 80634
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 344
The Children's Workshop Early Learning Center
6700 W 29th St Rd
ZIP: 80634
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Trinity Lutheran School
3000 35th Ave
ZIP: 80634
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
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