Northern Colorado News Briefs

May 2023 | April 2023 | March 2023

May 2023

News BriefsWeld, Larimer lead population growth

Latest annual population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show Weld and Larimer County leading the state in population growth. From 7/1/2021 to 7/1/2022, Weld County added 10,365 residents, which accounted for 36% of the population growth in the state during that time period. In Larimer County, the population grew by 4,065 residents during the 12-month period. Combined growth in the two neighboring counties positioned Northern Colorado to account for 51.3% of the state’s total population growth. Click here for an in-depth examination of the growth.

Front Range metro areas rank as best paying for women

In Smartest Dollar’s recent study of Best-Paying U.S. Cities for Women in 2023, a number of Colorado front range metro areas topped the ranks. Boulder ranked #1, Pueblo #30 and Greeley #33 for small metros. For midsize metros, Fort Collins ranked #13 and Colorado Springs #27. For the best-paying large metros for Women, Denver ranked #11. As a state, Colorado ranked #9 overall. Click here for a complete breakdown and analysis of the Smartest Dollar data.

IRES 1st Quarter Report

Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) recently released their Q1 2023 MarketWatch Report and in Northern Colorado home prices held steady overall. In Larimer County, the median sales price was $571,015 for Q1-2023, a 0% change year-over-year. The number of closed sales was down 16.9% dropping to 1,015. In Weld County, the median sales price was $488,900 for Q1-2023, a -0.2% change year-over-year. The number of closed sales was down 25.7%, coming in at 1,281. In Boulder County, the median sales price was $850,000 for Q1-2023, a 0.0% year-over-year change. The number of closed sales was down 25.9%, coming in at 523.

April 2023

News BriefsFront Range metro areas rank for highest per capita GDP

Smartest Dollar recently released a study of U.S. Cities With the Largest Economies and specifically examined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per Capita. In the large metros category, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood came in at #10. In the category of midsize metros, Fort Collins-Loveland ranked #21 and Colorado Springs #46. Lastly, in the category of small metros, Boulder ranked #2 and Greeley #40. As a state, Colorado ranked #9 overall. Click here to read the full report.

Boulder ranks among top 20 peaceful cities

Healthy working conditions, easy access to year-round outdoor recreation, quality health care and a supportive environment for entrepreneurship propelled Boulder to #16 on Money Inc.’s list of the top 20 peaceful places to live in the United States. Click here to read the full article from Money Inc.

Colorado Unemployment Rate at pre-pandemic levels

The latest release from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment shows that Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.8% in January, which marked nine straight months of sub-3% unemployment in Colorado. This data is particularly significant give that in May 2020 the jobless rate was 11.6%. Larimer County’s January and December unemployment rates were 2.7% and 2.3%; Weld County 3.2% and 2.7%; and Boulder County 2.5% and 2.1%. Click here to read the full press release.

March 2023

News BriefsNoCo’s first IMAX opens

MetroLux 12 Theatres at the Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland opened Northern Colorado’s first IMAX theater. The feat was accomplished by converting two auditoriums into one IMAX auditorium with a 70-foot premium large screen format, immersive sound and heated luxury recliners. You can check out all of the features and view current movies playing at:

Boulderado ranked among nation’s best tea time

Historic Hotels of America recently released their rankings of the 25 best afternoon tea experiences in the U.S. and Hotel Boulderado made the list. The hotel opened in 1909 as the state’s first luxury hotel. They offer specialty experiences, including their annual Holiday Afternoon Tea, romantic afternoon tea on Valentine’s Day, springtime Fairy, Tulip & Elf Tea as well as a Halloween-themed Witch’s Brew Tea in October. Click here to read the full article from the Historic Hotels of America and book your next tea time at:

Plans underway for new terminal at NoCo Regional Airport

Plans and funding are coming together for a new terminal at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport. The new terminal would be 19,000 square feet and designed for two airline gates. The goal is to attract commercial airline services that offer routes to places like Las Vegas and Mesa Arizona. The City of Loveland and City of Fort Collins are joint owners of the airport and are negotiating final terms for funding. You can visit to learn more.