Welcome to Longmont
Longmont spans 22 square miles in Boulder County, and boasts spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, making it a great place to live for outdoor enthusiasts. It is conveniently located 37 miles from Denver, 16 miles from Boulder and 30 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Longmont has a very quiet and residential feel. The city has grown in recent years, now ranking as the 13th most populous city in the State of Colorado.
Longmont was founded in 1870 by the Chicago-Colorado Colony. As the Colorado Central Railroad line was built in 1877, much of the city began to prosper as an agricultural community. This was actually the first planned community in Boulder County, with the streets laid out in a one-square-mile grid plan. The town saw a shift from agriculture toward high-tech industries when IBM built a large facility on the outskirts of Longmont in the 1960s.
Today—with more than 1,500 acres of parks and open space—the town of Longmont offers ample amenities to its residents including concrete bike paths, gravel walking paths and nature trails. The St. Vrain Greenway Trail is a regional trail system that will someday run from Wyoming to New Mexico.
The city provides a variety of museums, galleries, library and a theater company. The area is appealing to the biotech and aerospace businesses in addition to software developers and IT firms, but is home to all types of business. In addition to amenities, there are several housing options with some of the most affordable prices in Boulder County. Longmont was named one of the "Best Places to Live" in 2006 and 2008 by CNN/Money Magazine and in 2014 by 24/7 Wall St.