In 1869, Nathan Meeker, agricultural editor of the New York Tribune, arrived in Colorado to write about going West to farm. His boss, Horace Greeley, encouraged pioneering, so when Meeker proposed the idea of starting a utopian Western colony, Greeley was eager to help organize and promote it. The colony’s name was suggested by John Leavy, who stated that since they were all united in creating a utopian colony, it should be called the Union Colony.
Their guiding principles were temperance, cooperation, agriculture, irrigation, education, faith, home, and family. Set between the Cache La Poudre and the South Platte Rivers for irrigation, halfway between Denver and Cheyenne on the Denver Pacific Railroad, colonists wanted to name the town Meeker, but Mr. Meeker did not favor that. Greeley was chosen instead, and Horace Greeley was delighted. Colonists began arriving in April of 1870. Every Greeley deed stated that no drinking alcohol was to be bought, sold, or consumed. There were several attempts to get around this, but it wasn’t until 1969 that alcohol became legal in Greeley’s city limits.
Greeley and neighboring Evans had personality clashes from the start. Evans was a few months older and allowed saloons to thrive. Meanwhile, Greeley was touting its founding principals, digging irrigation ditches and building fences. Both vied for the county seat. Then in 1877, Weld County Commissioners passed a resolution and obtained an injunction to keep the county seat in Greeley.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
- Retail Climate/
- Economic Development/Business Assistance
Greeley is located 60 miles north of Denver and 60 minutes away from Denver International Airport.
Central Weld County
With a population estimated to reach 188,466 by 2020, this subregion is the most populous of the county. With 62,236 households and an average median disposable income of $47,649, it’s the retail core and offers an attractive mix of lifestyles from medium-sized cities to small rural communities nestled amongst some of the most productive farmland in the country. The average median household income is $58,272, and the average median house value is $205,872. This subregion offers spectacular mountain views and a quality of life with plenty of outdoor recreation, excellent schools, and easy access to two state universities. Developed commercial and industrial sites abound, and the region has seen numerous employers locate or expand, which has produced a vibrant, growing business sector. The region has excellent east/west access via Colorado Highway 14 and U.S. Highway 34, which connect to Interstate 25 and Interstate 76. U.S. Highway 85 provides north/south access, connecting to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Main/short line rail access is ample, and Denver International Airport is about an hour away.
Major Highway Access
North/South demand: U.S. Highway 85
East/West demand: U.S. Highway 34
Denver International Airport: Greeley is located approximately 50 miles north of Denver, providing easy access to Denver International Airport within an hour’s driving time. Shuttle services are available 7 days a week from Greeley Shuttle or SuperShuttle.
Greeley/Weld County Airport: The Greeley-Weld County Airport’s 10,000-foot main runway, modern terminal building, and on-site aviation/jet services are capable of handling all private and business aviation needs.
Local Transportation Options
Greeley-Evans Transit (GET): Fixed and paratransit services available, as well as university class shuttles. School-age children ride free with a student ID.
SmartTrips: Regional carpool matching and VanGo commuter van service.
Car Rental: Rental car companies include Enterprise, Hertz, and several local companies.
Taxi Service: Taxi companies include Yellow Cab and SmartRides.
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2015|
|Less than 9th Grade||7.7%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||9.0%|
|High School Graduate||24.6%|
|Some College, No Degree||24.0%|
|Greeley/Evans School District 6 Statistics
ENROLLMENT BY SCHOOL: 2015-2016
|Dos Rios Elementary||559|
|Union Colony Elementary||438|
|Winograd (K-8) Elementary||699|
|Brentwood Middle School||438|
|Franklin Middle School||650|
|Heath Middle School||740|
|Prairie Middle School||757|
|Greeley Central High School||1,413|
|Greeley West High School||1,574|
|Jefferson High School||435|
|Northridge High School||1,181|
|Bella Romero Academy||1,039|
|Chappelow K-8 Megnet School||687|
|Frontier Charter Academy||1,597|
|Salida Del Sol Academy||706|
|West Ridge Academy||233|
|Greeley/Evans 6 School District
STAFFING INFORMATION: 2015-2016
|Average Teacher Salary||$48,026.41|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||19.32/1|
|Community College Enrollment|
|Aims Community College|
|All Campus Locations||5,001|
|Front Range Community College|
|Larimer County Campus||8,061|
|University of Northern Colorado||12,216|
|Colorado State University||32,236|
Key Home Builders
- Journey Homes
- Baessler Homes
- Horizon view Homes
Key Residential Subdivisions
- Boomerang Ranch (10th Street at 80th Avenue
- St. Michaels (29th Street and 71st Avenue)
- Homestead Heights (23rd street at 72nd Avenue)
- Fox Run (18th Street and 60th Avenue)
- Home Depot
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- JC Penney’s
- King Soopers
- Sam’s Club
- Best Buy
Key Traffic Counts
(N & S) U.S. Highway 34 – 33,500
(E & W) 47th Avenue – 21,500
- University District Canal Shops:
(N & S) 16th Street – 13,250
(E & W) 8th Avenue – 14,500
- 10th Street:
(N & S) 35th Avenue – 17,000
(E & W) 10th Street – 26,000
(N & S) 10th Avenue – 12,000
(E & W) 9th Street – 5,000
The City of Greeley’s Economic Development Department strives to increase the community’s overall well-being by promoting economic vitality. This includes a focus on retention, expansion and attraction of primary businesses, promoting job growth and new business creation, and working with local and regional partners to preserve and enhance a superior quality-of-life.
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