Longmont

Welcome to Longmont

Petite and affordable town with big personality

Longmont is the hidden gem of Colorado. The historic old town in Boulder Country has been crowned one of the best places to live not once, not twice, but three times by a number of national magazines.

Located 21 minutes from Boulder and 33 miles from Denver, Longmont is an up-and-coming, community-based town with a suburban feel. Downtown is lively, made up of cozy coffee shops, vibrant restaurants, and original craft breweries.

For those who enjoy the outdoors, get ready for more than 300 days of sunshine. This town neighbors the Rocky Mountains and is full of expansive parks with more than 1,500 acres of open area to explore and roam—perfect for recreation. Although Longmont is a mid-sized city consisting of 22 square miles, it has a thriving tech scene with contagious energy. Local companies can look forward to hiring top-notch talent from one of the excellent nearby schools, like Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder.

The area has a quirky and unique history. In 1870, a group of pioneers from Chicago decided to start a new town called "Chicago-Colorado Colony.” They sold memberships to this new place and used the money to buy 60,000 acres of carefully selected acres. The following year they had the town fully built and renamed it "Longmont" in honor of the Longs Peak mountains they could see from their land. The original city plan had a small strip of Main Street stores and neighborhoods arranged in a grid—a layout you can still see today. Some quaint and historic houses still remain in the center of the city, but most of the homes in Longmont have been updated to gorgeous colonial-style housing with a polished, modernized twist.

What to Love

  • Vibrant and walkable downtown area
  • Leading tech and software hub
  • Pioneering craft beer scene 
  • Family-friendly outdoor events and activities


People & Lifestyle

Surrounded by busy and bustling cities, Longmont is much quieter and more residential in nature. Most of the residents own their homes, the town having a high number of people who both live and work in the city. Although the city has begun to grow rapidly in the past few years, the cost of living still remains low while the quality of life stays high.

Longmont is known for its substantial running, cycling, and athletic culture. It also has a reputation for being a multicultural and welcoming city and has won multiple awards for civic leadership. There are tons of meetup groups, so you’ll always be able to find someone with similar interests.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Main Street, located in Downtown Longmont, is 100% walkable. Browse locally owned shops, restaurants, breweries and cafe at your leisure. Be sure to grab dinner at Jefes Taco & Tequila and experience their unique spicy margarita rim salt. Over at Rosalee’s Pizzeria, enjoy an intimate meal on their beautiful patio. The Roost has pub grub paired with live music and an electric rooftop. If you’re in the mood for dessert, indulge in homemade ice cream from Scrumptious, which doubles as a candy and soda shop.

One of the most chatted about locations is Cheese Importers. The Longmont destination and staple is a European marketplace, restaurant, and gift shop all in one. There is a room of cheese to choose from, as well as other goods like oils, spices, meats, and chocolates—perfect for a holiday charcuterie board!

If you’re a beer fan, check out Longmont’s Oskar Blues Brewery. Ever had craft beer in a can? In 2002, Oskar Blues became the first craft brewery to do so. If you can’t decide which unique Longmont brewery to visit, take a ride on the Longmont Brewhop Trolley to try them all!

One of the most chatted about locations is Cheese Importers. The Longmont destination and staple is a European marketplace, restaurant, and gift shop all in one. There is a room of cheese to choose from, as well as other goods like oils, spices, meats, and chocolates—perfect for a holiday charcuterie board!

If you’re a beer fan, check out Longmont’s Oskar Blues Brewery. Ever had craft beer in a can? In 2002, Oskar Blues became the first craft brewery to do so. If you can’t decide which unique Longmont brewery to visit, take a ride on the Longmont Brewhop Trolley to try them all!

Things to Do

For the outdoorsy folk, spend a day at Union Reservoir right in Longmont, which has 736 gorgeous acres of space for paddleboarding, boating, kayaking, fishing, camping, and anything else you can imagine. Dog-lovers: there’s even a swimming area for your pets!

If you’re itching to get out of the city, you can go hiking or biking at Rocky Mountain National Park, which is 40 miles from town. You can also visit the Sunflower Farm for family-friendly nature activities.

Stroll through downtown to check out public art exhibits and Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. The iconic Longmont Farmers Market offers a variety of fun and award-winning growers. As far as seasonal events go, the Historic Home Tour galavants through the interior of decorative homes around the holidays. Don’t miss Boulder County Fair, the annual 10-day event packed with music, rodeo events, and carnival fun.

Schools

Homes in Longmont are zoned to the St. Vrain Valley School District. Highlights include:

  • Blue Mountain Elementary, Public, PK-5
  • Altona Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • Silver Creek High School, Public, 9-12

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