Twice Named One of the Best Places to Live in the U.S.
Longmont was founded in 1871 by members of a Chicago-based colony who settled in the valley. From the beginning, these founders wanted to make sure they had citizens who were focused on the town. Simply put, they wanted to create a great place to live…and they succeeded.
Longmont was named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States in 2006 and again in 2008 as designated by Money Magazine, which searched for small, livable cities that had the best possible blend of good jobs, low crime, quality schools, plenty of open space, rational home prices, and lots to do.
Located in Boulder County, Longmont is a city with 22 square miles, more than 300 days of sunshine, and spectacular views of the majestic Rocky Mountains. With more than 1,500 acres of parks and open space, Longmont is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
Longmont is home to several high-tech companies and a vibrant restaurant scene. It is conveniently located 37 miles from Denver, 16 miles from Boulder, and 30 miles from the scenic Trail Ridge Road.
Longmont has more than 122 designated historic structures located throughout the city, and two nationally registered historic districts. The purpose of the districts is to recognize areas of the city that have special character and interest, and exemplify outstanding elements of the city’s heritage.
From the beginning, Longmont was a farming community and known for its “melting pot” of residents. Diversity was strong among its population, much as it is today.
Longmont’s economic base has moved steadily toward technology. According to the Software and Information Industry Association, the Boulder/Longmont area has the highest concentration of software-related jobs in the industry. It also has the highest number of people who both live and work in the city, compared to other cities within Boulder County. Longmont was awarded the “All-American City” award in 2006.
Today, Longmont boasts a population of approximately 87,000 residents and it continues much along the lines of its founders in promoting a town that people don’t just want to pass through, but one that makes them want to stay.