Greeley, Colorado, is one happening place! From its First Friday Nights of Art every month to farmers markets in the summer, from its July 4thcelebration to a Halloween "Zombie Crawl," this towns downtown is where its at. Situated about 50 miles north of Denver and just east of Colorados only north-south interstate highway, Greeley is on the down-slope of the Rockies and has a much more "plains" persona than mountain mystique. It is, however, filled with interesting things to do, and if you come to stay, you will be certain to find something you like. It is that sort of town.
Greeleys population in 2012 was 95,357, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with a median age of 29.3 years. It is a young crowd that keeps this city full of energy and adds to its enthusiasm. Median income of the population is $42,543, and the median price of a home or condo was $170,500 in 2011. In Greeley, 56 percent of the homes are owned, 35 percent are rented and seven percent are unoccupied. The median age of homes in Greeley is 26 years, just a little younger than the average resident. Apartments for rent in Greeley are available, at an average cost that is below statewide levels. If you look for a house that you can rent to own, you may be lucky enough to find one.
Because this is a young town, and a college town, there is a variety of things to do in Greeley, and most of the activity is centered on the Downtown area. You have to remember that this is Colorado, and keeping warm in the winter is a primary goal. Greeleys Irish Pub is a favorite, with several comedy clubs running a close second. The Kress Cinema and Lounge has attracted a loyal following, and a variety of bars, sports bars, specialty lounges and old-fashioned saloons all have their supporters.
There are some annual events that attract not only locals, but also visitors who come to join the fun. Oktoberfest, scheduled the end of September, is modeled after the famous Munich celebration and features the much-loved Iron Man Stein Lifting Contest. Oktoberfest continues through the weekend with beer, brats, German music and dancing, special events for the entire family and a good-size serving of fun before winter arrives. Later in the season, local businesses open their doors for a traditional holiday open house event the Saturday after Thanksgiving, followed by a "Light the Night" parade and the lighting of trees in Lincoln Park.
Almost everyone who lives in Greeley works in Greeley. Here in this western town, the average commute time is between 10 and 20 minutes. For most of the nation, that would be a dream. Major employers in the area are in the fields of construction, educational services and the hospitality and food service fields. The city is the home of the University of Northern Colorado, with both a central and a west campus in Greeley. Noted for its teacher training programs, UNC has an enrollment of around 12,000, and also has satellite campuses in Loveland, Colorado Springs and Denver.
As you might surmise, the young active population in Greeley loves to eat out, eat well and eat often. The college crowd has its casual favorites, and older residents also enjoy some of the historic locations. Midwestern favorites and comfort food rule! You can find sushi, but you won't find many white linen tablecloths. Fat Albert's. Roma, Texas Roadhouse, Coyote's Southwestern and Rumi's House of Kabob all offer enough food for students to "fuel up" for all-night study sessions, and all the requisite chain restaurants are available for quick snacks. Greeley residents are well fed!
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