QUALITY OF LIFE
Longmont is uniquely positioned as one of the most affordable locations in the region, with low overall cost of living and utility costs. According to Sperling’s Best Places, a standard guide for comparing expenses between regions, in 2013, Longmont had an overall cost of living rating of 108. This is above Weld County and the national average base of 100, but significantly below the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and the Denver MSA.
Median home values in Longmont are still well above the national average, but comparable to the State of Colorado and below Boulder County. Boulder County has one of the more expensive housing markets in the country, with median home values of $364,100 in 2012, compared to $171,900 nationally. Longmont is one of the most affordable locations in the county, with median home values of $249,600, only slightly higher than the state median of $234,900.
Longmont has some of the lowest violent crime rates in the Front Range and is a very safe, family-friendly community.
Longmont has a world-class hospital, high concentration of doctors, and an award-winning school district, all making it a top quality location to raise a family.
St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont’s local school system, has improved remarkably in recent years under the leadership of Don Haddad, who won the National Association of School Superintendents’ “Superintendent of the Year” award in 2013. The school district has won numerous awards and grants in recent years, including America’s Best High Schools and the Race to the Top Federal Grant and i3 – Invest in Innovation Grant, both of which will help fund programs to further educational innovation and student preparation. The St. Vrain Valley average composite ACT score of 20.5 was above Colorado, Denver, and Greeley averages.
Longmont is a good location for those seeking an active lifestyle, moderate climate, clean air, and easy access to numerous recreational opportunities, craft food and drink, and other cultural experiences. Longmont received a Climate Comfort Index rating of 63, comparable to other locations across the Front Range and well above the US average. This reflects the relatively moderate climate and geological stability. The city also received an Air Quality Index rating of 75, above other locations on the Front Range and reflective of the generally clean air conditions.
Alongside its own natural beauty at the base of the mountains, Longmont is close to numerous locations for skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The city is home to one of two sky diving drop zones in the State of Colorado. The city has a museum and offers public facilities for swimming, ice-skating, and shooting. The region is also home to professional teams in all four major sports as well as soccer, racing, lacrosse, and college sports.