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Overview

Introduction to Longmont, Colorado

Longmont is situated at approximately 5000 feet above sea level in Boulder County. It's recognized as a Home Rule Municipality. It's approximately 31 miles away from Denver. The city has experienced significant growth, but maintains a residential ambience.

Some of the major employers are Seagate Technology, Longmont United Hospital, Amgen, Butterball, Intrado, Federal Aviation Administration and McLane Western. The Boulder/Longmont area is known for employment in the software industry. Residents and visitors enjoy the excellent views of the Rocky Mountains.

History

In 1870 a group of notable Chicago citizens sold memberships to a new town to be establish named "The Chicago-Colorado Colony." The proceeds from the membership sales were uses to purchase a large acreage in Northern Colorado. They built the town in 1871 and the name was taken from nearby Longs Peak, which was named in tribute to explorer Stephen H. Long. An extensive irrigation ditch system was constructed in order to bring water from the nearby rivers to the wheat fields, fruit tree orchards and other farm land. Soon, flour mills, a vegetable cannery and the prominent Great Western Sugar Co. were established.

During World War II a large number of Japanese-Americans who were in detention camps, relocated to Colorado and worked in the sugar beet fields. After the war was over a vast number of them still resided in the state. In the 1960's IBM and other hi-tech companies arrived. During the 1970's and 1980's agricultural businesses closed down and agriculture lost its significance for the community.

Attractions

  • Historic Downtown
  • Callahan House is an impressive Victorian style home
  • Westside Historic District
  • Dougherty Museum features numerous antique automobiles, musical instruments and farm equipment
  • Hover Home features late Tudor Revival architecture
  • Longmont Museum and Cultural Center is an attractive structure and includes several art galleries
  • East Side Historic District
  • Sandstone Ranch Visitor Center
  • The Agricultural Heritage Center
  • Longmont Memorial Rose Garden
  • Old Mill Park features two log cabins, historic homes, beautiful gardens and relics from the pioneer days
  • Old St. Stephen's Church
  • Tower of Compassion is an Oriental pagoda

Entertainment and Culture

  • Longmont Chorale
  • The Longmont Symphony Orchestra is popular with residents
  • Artwalk Longmont
  • Sunflower Farm provides a variety of fun activities for children
  • Jesters Dinner Theatre
  • Longmont Theatre Company

Activities

The city has a vast amount of park land for outdoor activities. The area includes an extensive trail system for hiking, horseback riding, bicycle riding and provides excellent opportunities for nature photography. Numerous skiing areas are nearby. Boulder County Park includes campgrounds, rodeos and arts and craft events. Barbour Ponds State Recreation Area provides opportunities for fishing and camping and includes a scenic nature trail.

Golden Ponds is popular for fishing, picnicking and viewing wildlife. St. Vrain Greenway is known for native and migrating wildlife. Union Reservoir is enjoyed by residents and visitors for boating, camping, fishing, picnicking and swimming. McIntosh Lake and St. Vrain River are popular scenic locations. Longmont has several municipal golf courses.

People

Total Population 89,814
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 44,244
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 51.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.6%
Median Earnings25+ $36,944
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,521
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,235

Wealth

Median Family Income $74,356
% Above Poverty Level 85.9%
% Below Poverty Level 14.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,016
Median House Value $250,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.6%
Irish 11.5%

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

Longmont Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 30 miles N of Denver, Colorado
County Boulder
Standard Zip Codes 80501, 80503, 80504
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80502
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.167
Longitude -105.101

Longmont 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 LONGMONT 2 ESE
Distance 1.8 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
Station NORTHGLENN
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 44 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Station WATERDALE
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 42 F
Apr Temp 32 to 61 F
Jul Temp 54 to 87 F
Oct Temp 34 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berthoud 5,497 $73,505
Dacono 4,461 $53,500
Erie 19,948 $117,732
Firestone 11,255 $87,635
Lyons 2,056 $91,208
Mead 3,967 $100,380

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

Longmont Public Libraries

Library
Longmont Public Library
409 4TH AVE
Longmont, Colorado
(303) 651-8470
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Longmont Hospitals

LONGMONT UNITED HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1950 MOUNTAIN VIEW AVENUE
(303) 651-5111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Longmont High Schools

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SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL
600 EAST MOUNTAIN VIEW
720-494-3741
Serves 1,446 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

LONGMONT HIGH SCHOOL
1040 SUNSET STREET
303-776-6014
Serves 1,377 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

SILVER CREEK SCHOOL
4901 NELSON ROAD
720-494-3721
Serves 1,143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

UTE CREEK SECONDARY CHARTER ACADEMY
1198 BOSTON AVENUE
303-774-0066
A Charter School.
Serves 237 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

ADULT EDUCATION/LINCOLN CENTER
619 BOWEN
303-678-5662
A Non-traditional School
Serves 204 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 113.3

OLDE COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL
1200 SOUTH SUNSET
303-772-3333
A Non-traditional School
Serves 171 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.1

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