The City of Greeley is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. Greeley is in northern Colorado and is situated 49 miles north-northeast of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Greeley is a major city of the Front Range Urban Corridor.
Greeley is bordered on the south by the towns of Evans and Garden City, and the three together are often collectively referred to as “Greeley”. The Greeley/Evans area is bounded on the south by the South Platte River, and the Cache la Poudre River flows through north Greeley. The town was named after Horace Greeley, editor of the New-York Tribune, who came to Colorado in the 1859 Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. It was founded as the Union Colony in 1869, an experimental utopian society, but the name was later changed in honor of Horace Greeley. Greeley was built on farming and agriculture but kept up with most modern technologies as they grew.
In 2014 the Greeley Creative District was certified as an official Creative District by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Greeley is home to the Union Colony Civic Center, one of the largest performing arts venues in Colorado. The 1686 seat Monfort Concert Hall hosts touring Broadway musicals, concerts, comedians, along with regional and local performing arts groups. The 214 seat Hensel Phelps Theatre hosts The Stampede Troupe in addition to lectures, meetings, and smaller performances. In addition, the Tointon Gallery presents a dozen exhibits annually by local, regional, and national artists, and is free to the public.
Of Greeley residents ages 18+, 82.2% are high school graduates and 25.9% have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Most areas in Greeley lie in Weld County School District 6. Greeley is also home to University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, Academy of Natural Therapy, and Institute of Business & Medical Careers.