The largest city in Weld County, and the 12th largest city in the state of Colorado, Greeley has carved out its own distinctive niche in the Rocky Mountain urban corridor. Just 55 miles northeast of the Denver metropolitan area, Greeley offers its residents and visitors its own brand of Rocky Mountain living. With over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, outdoor events and activities, including UNC football, the historic Greeley Stampede, and with over 40 parks, recreational spaces and athletic fields the city has to offer, it doesn’t make sense to stay inside if you don’t have to.
Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 agricultural communities in the nation, Greeley is proud of its agricultural roots and its rich history in perfecting the irrigation of farmland to make “heading West” a viable possibility when the United States was expanding. Sugar beets, wheat, barley and corn are just a few crops that now thrive in this region. Greeley also offers a culture of public art and an active civic center that created a home for local and visiting theater groups and orchestras.
Winters and springs can be warm and extremely dry with Chinook winds raising temperatures in January and February to 70° at times. Annual snowfall, between October and April, is approximately 33 inches, and the annual rainfall is approximately 14″.
Education is paramount to the community and it offers excellent schools and faculties focused on preparing students for success in a constantly changing and diverse world. The campus of the University of Northern Colorado, located in Greeley, had a Fall 2010 enrollment of 10,000 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students.