Looking for a beautiful and welcoming place to relocate? Perhaps you should consider Longmont, Colorado. With a lively downtown rich with history, innovative craft breweries and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, Longmont is one of Colorado’s true hidden gems. There might be something akin to sibling rivalry with Boulder, but it’s a fabulous place to live (just ask its almost 100,000 residents!)
It’s easy to live and work in Longmont, then go on an adventure after work or on the weekends. From Longmont, you’re just 40 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and even closer to the foothills, which offer some incredible hiking and mountain biking trails. The city is also home to many water activities on the St. Vrain River, Lake McIntosh and Union Reservoir, with boating, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, camping and more (there’s even an off-leash dog swim area).
Longmont’s story began in 1870 and they named the town Longmont in honor of the towering mountain called Longs Peak, which stands guard over the city. You can still see remnants of the original settlers today, from the town’s grid layout centered along Main Street to some of its street names, inspired by the names of the city’s founders. There are also some adorable old houses in the center of town, many built in the late 1880s and early 1900s.
Longmont has a lower cost of living compared to other cities along the Front Range and a great quality of life. Those reasons, among others, are why many tech companies love Longmont and have made it their home. With their long list of technology companies, be sure to add Longmont to your list.
If you plan to explore the mountains in your backyard, Longmont is the community for you!