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Good news for students at the University of Northern Colorado, a new list put together by ranked Greeley, Colorado as one of the Top-Ten Booming College Towns in America. Greeley came in at #9 on their list where they looked at population growth over seven years, local education levels, economic growth, cost of living, and job opportunities.

What did they have to say about Greeley?

“Greeley, “Bear Country,” Colorado, home to the University of Northern Colorado Bears, is well known for its parks, rivers, and vast agricultural community. But it’s not just the great outdoors that has Greeley growing. The city, which has an impressive craft beer scene that’s helping spur area employment, is expected to double its population in the next 30 years. Area businesses can count on a ready workforce: 83.60% of residents have at least a high school diploma, and the unemployment rate is at 2.4% — 1.6% below the national average. Employment has grown 2.38% since 2017 and shows no signs of slowing down. Greeley offers several museums, walking and biking trails, the Union Colony Civic Center just 1.5 miles from the university, theaters, and breweries that cater to a wide range of cultural tastes.”’s Top 10 Booming College Towns for 2018:

  1. Bismarck, North Dakota
  2. Bozeman, Montana
  3. Raleigh, North Carolina
  4. Southwest Florida
  5. Dallas, Texas
  6. Auburn, Alabama
  7. Lincoln, Nebraska
  8. Boise, Idaho
  9. Greeley, Colorado
  10.  Orlando, Florida

Why did they do this study? A 2017 study by TD Ameritrade found that nearly 50% of college graduates return home after receiving their diploma out of financial necessity, so they wanted to compile a list of college towns that provide economically friendlier climates for recent graduates and job seekers. 

Go, Greeley, go Aims Aardvarks, and go UNC Bears!