Greeley : Colorado


What It Is Like to Retire in Greeley

The town of Greeley is on the Front Range of Colorado, about 50 miles north and east of Denver. The city was originally a Utopian experiment called Union Colony, started as a movement based on religion, temperance, and agriculture. The name was later changed to Greeley in honor of Horace Greeley, who popularized the phrase "Go West, young man". The population is just under 100,000.  It is the county seat of Weld County.  It is near the spot of Fort Latham,  the headquarters of the government troops during the Indian troubles of 1860-64 and an important stagecoach stop and waypoint on the Overland Trail. 

Where to Retire in Greeley and Home Prices

According to, the median home value in Greeley was $392,597, in late 2021.


What Is Special about Greeley

Greeley is a college town thanks to The University of Northern Colorado and its almost 11,000 students.   Access to the great outdoor recreation of the Rockies is close by.

What Is Not Special about Greeley

Greeley is cold and snowy in the winter.


Who Will Like Retirement in Greeley

people who want to retire in a college town, and who enjoy the outdoors.


Local Economy Is Driven by

The University of Northern Colorado and its almost 10,000 students impact the economy, as does being the County Seat.  Swift & Co. has a meatpacking plant in the city and there is at least one other food processing company in town.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 28 degrees; the average July temperature about 74 degrees.  Snowfall averages 43 inches during the winter months.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is a theatre group and performance space in Greeley. The University of Northern Colorado has some cultural offerings. Live music and entertainment website for Greeley.


The crime rate is slightly below average. There are some reports of gang activity.

Medical Facilities

North Colorado Medical Center, with an additional hospital in nearby Loveland.


There is a local airport with air taxi operations but the Denver airport is just an hour away.

Valuable Links

City of Greeley

Wikipedia page for Greeley.


What people are saying about Greeley

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Posted by maneesh on July 03, 2012
Positive Attributes of Greeley
Thought I would add a few positive things about Greeley - I moved here about 8 years ago from Fort Collins, CO, and had previously lived in CA. 1) Housing is not expensive - a new 3 BD, 2BA house can less than $230,000 (of course you can get a more expensive one if you want to!!); 2) Great biking & hiking trails - the Poudre River Trail runs through town; 3) Relatively good weather for CO - not alot of snow - snow rarely sits on the ground for more than a day or two; 4) Lots of sunny days (although some of them are chilly sunny days), & summer days are usually in the 80s and not humid: 5) Inexpensive, very nice city sponsored recreation facilities. And a senior can have full access to facilites for between $0 and $25 a month (depending on if they have certain Medicare Advantage plans that include the Silver Sneakers programs); 6) In general things here are less expensive than in many other places, although we have most of the usual big box shopping available; 7) It is a "university town" - home to University of Northern Colorado. Also has Aims Community Collage which can be great if you want to take classes in assorted fun things for seniors: 8) Close to a couple of other No CO towns - Loveland & Fort Collins - if you want more variety; 9)a diverse population, which is great if you like diversity; 10)Close to the Rocky Mountains - it is an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park. - Great for experiencing nature, hiking, and camping. :)
Posted by on February 22, 2012

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