The Denver Metro area is not the only place in Colorado that is gaining popularity with new movers.  Northern Colorado not only offers the Colorado lifestyle most crave when moving to the Centennial State.  It also provides quality healthcare, top- notch education and more house for the money.

Located north of the Denver Metro area along I-25, east of the Rocky Mountains, Northern Colorado terrain ranges from the plains in the east to the mountains out west.   Covering more than 6,646 miles and a population of close to 690,000, Northern Colorado popularity is growing among new movers to Colorado.

Northern Colorado is comprised of the following counties, Boulder, Larimer, Morgan and Weld.  The major cities are, Boulder, Brighton, Broomfield, Fort Collins, Greeley, Berthoud, Lafayette, Loveland, Longmont, Louisville, Superior and Windsor.  Smaller but notable cities include, Wellington, Timnath, Mead, Severance, Mead, Johnstown, Estes Park, Firestone.

Several cities in Northern Colorado have been recognized by, Wallethub and Smartasset.  Those noted mentions include:

2018 – Most affordable city in Colorado – Fort Collins (Liviability)

2018 – 2nd most affordable city in Colorado – Loveland (Liviability)

2019 – Best Place to buy a house – Wellington (

2019 #2 city to live in Colorado – Frederick (24/7 Wallstreet)

2017 – Best city in Colorado to raise a family – Windsor (Wallethub)

2018 – #4 Best place to raise a family – Fort Collins (Liviability)

2019 – #5 Boomtown in America – Greeley (SmartAsset)

2018 – One of the best small towns to move to – Estes Park (Thrillist)


Northern Colorado’s economy mirrors Denver’s.  It is strong with a pool of talented and educated workers.  Located within an hour drive of Denver, top industries include Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace/Aviation, Bioscience, Creative industries, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Health & Wellness and Information Technology.    Home to two major universities, Colorado State University (Fort Collins) and University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), employers have access to an educated talent pool.

Top employers in Northern Colorado

Anadarko Petroleum Energy Exploration & Production
Anheuser Busch Brewery
Banner Health Healthcare
Broadcom Ltd. Semiconductor Components
Hack Company Analytical Instruments
Hallibuton Energy Services, Inc. Energy Exploration & Production
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Technology Product Design
JBS Swift & Company Food Processing
Leprino Foods Food Processing
McLane Company Food Processing
Noble Energy Energy Development
OtterBox Protective Case Manufacturing
Odell Brewing Brewery
Qualfon Customer Care Center
Select Energy Services Energy Services
State Farm Insurance Regional Offices Insurance
TTEC Customer Experience Technology
UC Health Healthcare
Colorado State University Higher Education
University of Northern Colorado Higher Education
Vestas Wind Turbine Manufacturing
Woodward Industrial Controll Systems
Advanced Energy Energy & Manufacturing


In 2019, Wallethub named Greeley as one of the best cities for new home buyers.  This is due to the best kept secret in Northern Colorado, housing cost.  As of January 2020, the median sale price in the Denver Metro Area is $435,200.  However, in Northern Colorado, in Weld County the median sale price is $360,200.  Cities in Weld County include, Severance, Eaton Keensburg, Ault, Greeley, Kersey, Lasalle, Evans and Pierce.

In Larimer County the median sale price is $397,500, cities in Larimer County include, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Livermore, Loveland, Wellington, Laporte, Bellvue, Drake and Red Feather Lakes.

Boulder County is the exception for housing cost.  Cities in this county include, Boulder, Niwot, Louisville, Erie, Lafayette, Nederland, Ward, Longmont and Allenspark.  Median sales prices average higher in this county, coming in at $573,720.

If you are interested in renting upon moving to Norther Colorado, average rent is $1,795 for Weld and Larimer Counties and $2,295 for Boulder County.  Denver’s average monthly rent is $2,150.


Like it’s neighbor to the south, Northern Colorado offers top notch health care.  Several health care systems extend from Denver into Northern Colorado, including:  UC Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Kaiser Permanente.  Banner Health also has a very bid presence in Northern Colorado.

The 12 major hospitals in Norther Colorado are:

UC Health Poudre Valley Hospital Fort Collins 970-495-7000
Northern Colorado Medical Center Greeley 970-810-4121
Banner Fort Collins Medical Center Fort Collins 970-821-4000
UC Health Medical Center of the Rockies Loveland 970-624-2500
North Colorado Medical Center Greeley 970-810-4121
UC Health Broomfield Hospital Broomfield 303-460-6000
McKee Medical Center Loveland 970-820-4640
Children’s Hospital Colorado North Campus Broomfield 720-777-1340
UC Health Longs Peak Hospital Longmont 920-718-7000
Kasier Permanente Fort Collins Medical Offices Fort Collins 800-218-1059
Colorado Plains Medical Center Fort Morgan 970-867-3391
UC Health Greeley Hospital Greeley 970-652-2000