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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Greeley, Colorado

The college town of Greeley is home to the University of Northern Colorado, among others. It is located on the Front Range of Colorado, about 50 miles north and east of Denver. The city was originally a Utopian experiment called Union Colony, started as a movement based on religion, temperance, and agriculture. The name was later changed to Greeley in honor of Horace Greeley, who popularized the phrase "Go West, young man." The population is just under 100,000.  It is the county seat of Weld County.  It is near the spot of Fort Latham,  the headquarters of the government troops during the Indian troubles of 1860-64 and an important stagecoach stop and waypoint on the Overland Trail.

Photo of downtown Greeley in winter courtesy of Wikipedia and David Shankbone.

Where to Retire in Greeley and Home Prices

According to, the median home value in Greeley was $392,597, in late 2021.

What Is Special about Greeley

Greeley is a college town thanks to The University of Northern Colorado and its almost 11,000 students.   Access to the great outdoor recreation of the Rockies is close by.

What Is Not Special about Greeley

Greeley is cold and snowy in the winter.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 28 degrees; the average July temperature about 74 degrees.  Snowfall averages 43 inches during the winter months.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is a theatre group and performance space in Greeley. The University of Northern Colorado has some cultural offerings. Live music and entertainment website for Greeley.


The crime rate is slightly below average. There are some reports of gang activity.

Medical Facilities

North Colorado Medical Center, with an additional hospital in nearby Loveland.


There is a local airport with air taxi operations but the Denver airport is just an hour away.

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