Longmont, CO is a welcoming medium-sized city that is well-located near the Rocky Mountains. It has been called one of the 'best places to live' by CNN/Money Magazine in both 2006 and 2008, and by 24/7 Wall St. in 2014. Real estate for sale varies between stand-alone homes and condos or townhouses. There is a mixture of older homes and newly constructed dwellings and although prices range, the current market is higher than many other areas of the nation.
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Longmont is spread out over 22 square miles, is located in Boulder County, and it sits at almost 5,000 feet above sea level. It is conveniently located 16 miles from Boulder, 37 miles from Denver, and 30 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Residents are highly educated, with 37 percent of adults holding a bachelor's or advanced degree. The area has the highest concentration in the nation of jobs that are software related. Its unemployment rate is 3.9 percent, which is lower than the state's average of 5.2 percent. Longmont has a high percentage of people who both live and work in the city, which means that there is more time to enjoy all that the area has to offer.
Outdoor activities are very popular in the area. With great scenic views, comfortable temperatures, and more than 300 days of sunshine, it is easy to find something to do. The Union Reservoir and Ralph Price Reservoir are great for boating and fishing, and there are two indoor and two outdoor pools in the city. There are three public golf courses in Longmont, and 25 parks and 42 miles of trails make it a paradise for bikers, walkers, and runners. Longmont is also a top destination for skydiving, and a private company works out of the local airport. There are five skate parks for BMX and skateboarding, and Sandstone Ranch just east of Longmont is a community park perfect for a variety of sports. With 29 ski areas within one to three hours from the city, snowboarders and skiers can enjoy day after day of winter fun. Longmont also offers a variety of indoor activities. There is the Museum and Cultural Center, Longmont Chorale, Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Dance Theatre, the Callahan House, Jester's Theatre, and Arts and Entertainment District. With hundreds of popular shopping and restaurant venues, Longmont has something for everyone and it is easy to see that 'you belong in Longmont'.