It’s not hard to figure out why the population in Greeley, Colo., is growing at a rapid rate. While the addition of hip restaurants and cool music venues have attracted new residents, the city’s affordability is hard to pass up. Residents in Greeley pay less than many of their counterparts in Colorado and other western states for just about everything, and they spend just over 27 percent of their annual incomes on housing. A median household income of $47,342 shows how little residents need to enjoy a thriving community and helped Greeley land a spot on our list of the best affordable places to live.
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The city’s reputation continues to steadily climb thanks to the continuous addition of new restaurants, music venues, breweries and young professionals. Less than 10 years ago, the nightlife scene in Greeley was virtually nonexistent. Today there are more than 10 live music venues that let audiences connect with some of northern Colorado’s best musicians on an almost nightly basis. Music lovers across Colorado often head to Greeley during summer months to experience the city’s 9th Street Plaza Friday Fests, which include free live music and a variety of performance artists. Five breweries in Greeley, including the popular Weldwerks Brewing Co., produce highly sought-after craft beers that have helped the city become a destination spot.
Anyone under the age of 18 can ride buses in Greeley for free. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the savings you’ll find in this fast-growing city in northern Colorado. Home to the University of Northern Colorado, which has about 12,000 students, Greeley offers an excellent educational system with good secondary and elementary schools.
Agriculture and food production play a major part in Greeley’s economic conditions, which have been highly favorable to job seekers and businesses. The city’s largest employer, meat producer JBS, provides jobs to more than 4,500 people. Across Weld County, where Greeley is located, agricultural products exceed a market value of $1.5 billion.