Why unexpected? People who remember Greeley as a small town haven’t been here in a while—we know because people who visit now are always pleasantly surprised. There is so much more to Greeley than you might think.
We’re getting bigger and better all the time.
Greeley’s population is now estimated to be over 100,000, a huge increase from the 1990 population of 60,536. Greeley has grown, but not just in population. We’re bigger, more interesting, and more diverse than ever before.
Where to go, what to do, who to see.
Where do we start? There’s the list of signature events like the UNC/Greeley Jazz Fest, Greeley Stampede, Arts Picnic, Blues Jam, Weld County Fair and Oktobrewfest. But then you can’t forget the High Plains Chautauqua, Neighborhood Nights, Agriculture Feast and Fest, the Great Greeley Chalk-a-Lot, and the University of Northern Colorado and the Union Colony Civic Center seasons of performances. Top that off with the Greeley Chorale, Friday Fests, First Fridays, UNC Homecoming week, the Ice Haus , the Poudre River Trail, a full schedule of events at the Moxi Theater and other music venues, and the calendar starts getting very full, very fast. In fact, the list is so long; we can only mention a few in this list.
Great things are always going on in Greeley.
You won’t go hungry.
Greeley’s economy is still causing a stir with great national rankings and with the population growth we’re seeing, new businesses continue to open all the time. It’s hard to keep track of the new restaurants, new microbreweries, new shops, and the new special events, but it’s fun trying to keep up. What we’re saying is you won’t go hungry (or thirsty) for things to experience in Greeley.
Educational success is contagious.
The success of Greeley’s K-12 students, including our refugee population, is incredible. That success is spreading across the city—the high school graduation rate exceeds the state average and Greeley schools continue to produce gifted and talented kids. Every year we keep adding to the number of prestigious Boettcher Scholars produced by our local public schools. A new initiative gives students free transportation around town and helps them to become productive adults with internships, mentoring, leadership training, and even financial assistance for post-secondary education.
Greeley and Weld County feed the world.
Weld Country is one of the top-ten agricultural producing counties in the country, that said, there are no feedlots in Greeley and there haven’t been for many years—it’s simply a part of our historical past.
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