Mt. Meeker & Long's Peak look over Northern Colorado
The Northern Colorado region is located upon the northernmost end of the state's major growth corridor along Interstate I-25 and the Front Range. The region is made up of two counties, Larimer and Weld. The region is also known as the Tri-City region because a great deal of the development takes place in one of the regions three major cities: Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland. However, the two county region has well over 60 different communities and supports a population over 500,000.
The region is also home to two major universities, Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado, and two excellent community colleges, Aims Community College and Front Range Community College. With such great educational presence in the region it boasts a highly-educated workforce. Colorado ranks 5th in the nation for percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree.
Northern Colorado is also well known for its numerous high-tech employers, which draw a wealth of knowledge based employees. Those employees, and their families, add an additional appeal to this community, as they represent a rich pool of potential workers.
Northern Colorado commands the second largest labor force in Colorado, just behind that of the Denver Metropolitan Area to the south. The region’s workforce is a fluid one. Transportation corridors linking Northern Colorado communities make it possible for workers to choose to live in one community and work in another.
The cost of living in Northern Colorado cities reflects the national average. (The median cost of living in the United States is 100.) The American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association (ACCRA) lists the Third Quarter 2008 composite Cost of Living Index for Loveland, CO at 94.1.
Northern Colorado is ideally located for access to major air, motor and rail arteries, with Denver’s International Airport (DEN) approximately one hour away from the three major cities. There is a wide-range of convenient door-to-door pick up and drop off shuttle services to and from DIA within this region as well (and one is right outside the door of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce).
Geographically, Northern Colorado consists of a scenic combination of the sweeping grasslands of the Great Plains to the east and picturesque Rocky Mountains to west. The region has temperate winters and a relatively mild year-round climate with community elevations ranging from 7,530 feet above sea level at Estes Park to 4,620 feet above sea level at Kersey. Local tourist attractions in the area include the Poudre River Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park and Pawnee National Grasslands to name a few.