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Overview
Population:253,552
Pop. Change:40%
State: Colorado
Metro Area:Greeley
County:Weld County
City:Greeley, Windsor, ... 26 total
Zip Code:80634, 80631, ... 32 total
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Weld's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Greeley Metro Area

Profile: Mid-sized agricultural city / college town

Location: North-central Colorado, 55 miles north of Denver

Elevation: 4715

Time zone: Mountain Standard Time

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Small-town atmosphereRising crime rate
Nearby mountainsLong commutes
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Historically and in its base form, Greeley is largely an agricultural center—livestock, meat-packing, and sugar beets and related processing activities remain extensive today. Local feedlots can bring strong agricultural “fragrances,” largely imperceptible to long-time residents. More recently the area has become the eastern flank of a large high tech and light manufacturing belt centered in nearby Windsor and anchored by Fort Collins and Loveland to the west. The University of Northern Colorado adds a light college-town accent bringing some 13,000 students, The area is close enough to the Rocky Mountains to benefit from its recreational opportunities. Many residents commute to the more commercialized Fort Collins or Loveland to the west, resulting in average commute times of almost 24 minutes. Greeley is also a straight shot south of 45 miles to the new Denver International Airport located northeast of that city, making it a good location for frequent business travelers looking for more of a small town lifestyle. Denver itself is close enough to share many of its amenities Because incomes are relatively high compared to cost of living, the Buying Power index is favorable, and the cost profile is favorable for Colorado and even compared to the Fort Collins area west (see Fort Collins-Loveland, page TK). On the whole, Greeley is slower paced and some may not find enough to do, but there’s a lot nearby. Although it doesn’t excel in any category, Greeley scores consistently well in most resulting in a favorable ranking.

The town is located among rolling grassland plains in a shallow valley at the confluence of the Cache La Poudre and South Platte rivers. Locals call the area the “Kansas part of Colorado,” accurately depicting both landscape and climate, which is continental. Warm, dry spring and summer days are punctuated by occasional heavy thunderstorms. Winters are variable with alternating cold spells and mild periods. Wind chill can make all winter weather more severe. First freeze end of September, last is mid-May.

Interesting Facts about Weld County

As of 2014, Weld County's population is 253,552 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 40.24 percent.

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The median home cost in Weld County is $184,700. Home appreciation the last year has been 6.90 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Weld County's cost of living is 2.00% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Weld County public schools spend $8,762 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.9 students per teacher in Weld County.

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The unemployment rate in Weld County is 5.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Weld County jobs have Increased by 3.26 percent.


Ranked #68 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #89 2005 Best Places to Live
Ranked #277 Best Green Cities
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Average Commute time is 26 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Weld County's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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