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Pros

-College-town atmosphere
-Attractive downtown
-Educational attainment

Cons

-Cost of living and housing
-Traffic and sprawl
-Economic cycles


What Bert Has To Say About Boulder Metro Area


Boulder, home to the University of Colorado, is a lively and classic college town, with liberal politics, alternative social lifestyles and attitudes, and an assortment of trendy small businesses, restaurants, galleries, and entertainment venues. There is plenty to do in this bicycle-friendly town, which has a pedestrian mall downtown and outdoor recreation in the nearby mountains. The area has one of the highest combined 4-year and graduate degree attainment rates in the nation. There are some larger business and government research facilities adding to the area’s economy, and there is a sizeable high tech belt towards Denver.

Part of the Boulder story is the set of small towns nearby that have exploded into large but generally well-planned and attractively priced suburbs positioned well to take advantage of what both Boulder and Denver have to offer. Longmont is historically an agricultural town to the northeast currently experiencing a major housing boom. The towns of Louisville and Lafayette, long ago coal mining towns, are also good examples. Located near the four-lane US 36 corridor towards Denver, they have excellent housing and schools, plenty of nearby employment and generally exemplify the quality and livability of these suburbs. Boulder would get a still higher ranking if it weren’t for the Cost of living Index, by far the highest in Colorado.

Boulder lies in a shallow valley just at the foot of the Rockies, with surrounding areas of gently rolling grassland plateau with occasional lakes, and reservoirs. The surrounding suburbs occupy some of this higher ground, giving excellent views but also some exposure to inclement climate. Area climate is typical of the Front Range, with warm sunny summer days with low humidity and occasional thunderstorms, and cool to cold winters with periodic mild spells. The brunt of cold spells tend to miss the area, and the mountains provide some shielding from the worst and windiest cold weather. Summer thunderstorms can be occasionally heavy. Periods of extreme temperatures are short. Large or persistent snow accumulations are uncommon, but occasional heavy snows, particularly in fall and spring, can disrupt transportation. First freeze is early October, last is late April.


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Quick Facts About Longmont


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Longmont is 4.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Longmont jobs have Increased by 2.94 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Longmont's cost of living is 10.80% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Longmont's population is 86,355 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 18.98 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Longmont is $236,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 9.20 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Longmont public schools spend $12,060 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 22.9 students per teacher in Longmont.

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Comments


A city transformed
The glare from sparkling Boulder is so intense, you might miss another gem just up the road. Longmont is a city rooted in an agricultural past. However, with more and... (read more)
Quality of LIfe in Longmont CO
The quality of life here in Longmont is great. There is a strong sense of community and the city celebrates it's culture. Longmont get's a bad wrap sometimes and it just... (read more)
Nice family environment
I grew up in Longmont and spent the majority of my childhood and teen years there. It's a nice place to raise a family being a friendly small town and not too expensive... (read more)
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