Among the largest cities in northern Colorado, the city of Greeley sits about 50 miles northeast of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Situated along the Wyoming border, Greeley boasts abundant opportunities as far as residences, many of which are available at an affordable price point - particularly for increasingly expensive Colorado. Whether folks are seeking standard single-family homes or grand ranches or farm areas, Greeley offers it in abundance, and the vast majority of it offers stunning scenery to boot.
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While much of Greeley's rich history and roots lay in agriculture, its steady growth has helped make it a center for industry as well as farming. Meatpacker Swift & Company and utility company Atmos Energy both call Greeley home, and the city counts State Farm Insurance, North Colorado Medical Center and Halliburton Energy Services among its biggest employers. In addition to a strong economy and considerable employment opportunities, the city offers an increasingly broad arts scene, and its Greeley Creative District was listed as an official Creative District by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade since 2014. Greeley also offers an array of options for those seeking a world-class education. The city is home to the University of Northern Colorado, the Institute of Business & Medical Careers and the Academy of Natural Therapy, among other educational institutions.
It's certainly not all work and no play in Greeley, however. The area has numerous options as far as outdoor recreation within its own borders, and it also offers great proximity to some of the West's most notable tourism draws. Folks can take a quick day trip into nearby Fort Collins and walk along the Poudre River, shop the many one-of-a-kind stores that line downtown or tour some of the nation's most revered craft breweries. Another easy day trip transports travelers to Estes Park, home to unmatched hiking and biking opportunities as well as the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration behind Stephen King's cabin-fever-themed thriller "The Shining." Other outdoor options exist without leaving Greeley, like the scenic Poudre River Trail and the Pawnee National Grasslands wilderness area. Greeley offers up a healthy dose of history as well and is home to a number of notable museums like the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, the Greeley History Museum and the Meeker Home Museum. Those in search of quintessential Colorado scenery, unlimited hiking, biking and exploring opportunities and close proximity to some of the nation's most visited outdoor landmarks will love life in Greeley.