Longmont was founded in 1871…earliest settlers came from Chicago…the namesake came from the Mountain Longs Peak named for explorer Stephen H. “Long” and “mont”, from the French word “montagne” for mountain.
Having lived in Longmont for over 30 years, I qualify for “imported native” status. I have seen the population grow from about 50,000 in 1984 to now pushing 100,000 and three zip codes. Our community still offers a small town appeal along with plenty of commerce…There are two Walmarts, and soon to be a Sam’s club, plenty of restaurants and micro-breweries along with all of the big-box retailers like Best Buy, etc etc. Starbucks and Walgreens are on every corner.
Real Estate values are still moderate in price yet offer investment opportunities…there is no shortage of housing sporting over 35,000 dwellings and new construction is happening in a number of areas
As far as the Longmont economy goes, we are proud to be favorite community for people working at IBM, Seagate, Crocs, etc and are within 45 minutes commute to Denver and Fort Collins and 20 minutes to Boulder.
Old Town Longmont has always been a very popular neighborhood with homes dating from the late 1800’s and a local historical society.
The city takes a lot of pride in frequent activities such as the Cinco de Mayo celebrations, 4th of July fireworks display, Veterans day parade, Christmas parade, etc etc etc.. Roosevelt park hosts a number of annual festivals.
Within close proximity of Longmont is the following towns / cities:
Lyons – 6 miles
Berthoud – 8 miles
Firestone – 5 miles
Frederick – 7 miles
Erie – 8 miles
Hygiene – 3 miles
Prospect – adjacent
Part of the St. Vrain Valley School District, Lonmont has 4 high schools, 8 Middle Schools and 12 Elementary schools. For more information on the public school system, click here: link
Overall, Longmont is a great place to call home, is a great place to raise children and has a very low crime rate.