|City of Longmont|
The Longmont Safety and Justice Center.
|Counties|| Boulder County |
|Incorporated||November 15, 1885|
|Named for||Stephen Harriman Long and Longs Peak|
|• Type||Home Rule Municipality|
|• Mayor||Brian Bagley (List)|
|• Total||30.40 sq mi (78.74 km2)|
|• Land||28.76 sq mi (74.49 km2)|
|• Water||1.64 sq mi (4.26 km2)|
|Elevation||4,984 ft (1,519 m)|
|• Density||3,381.70/sq mi (1,305.70/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0202560|
The City of Longmont is a Home Rule Municipality located in Boulder and Weld counties, Colorado, United States. Longmont is located northeast of the county seat of Boulder and 33 miles (53 km) north-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
Longmont's population was 98,711 as of the 2020 U.S. Census.Longmont is the 14th most populous city in the state of Colorado.
Longmont is named after Longs Peak, a prominent mountain named for explorer Stephen H. Long that is clearly visible from Longmont, and "mont", from the French word "montagne" for mountain.
Longmont was founded in 1871 by a group of people from Chicago, Illinois. Originally called the Chicago-Colorado Colony, the men sold memberships in the town, purchasing the land necessary for the town hall with the proceeds. As the first planned community in Boulder County, the city streets were laid out in a grid plan within a square mile. The city began to flourish as an agricultural community after the building of the Colorado Central Railroad line arrived northward from Boulder in 1877. During the 1940s, Longmont began to grow beyond these original limits.[ citation needed ]
In 1925, the Ku Klux Klan gained control of Longmont 's City Council in an election. They began construction of a large pork-barrel project, Chimney Rock Dam, above Lyons and marched up and down Main Street in their costumes. In the 1927 election they were voted out of office, and their influence soon declined. Work on Chimney Rock Dam was abandoned as unfeasible, and its foundations are still visible in the St. Vrain River.[ citation needed ]
During the 1960s, the federal government built the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center in Longmont, and IBM built a manufacturing and development campus near Longmont. As agriculture waned, more high technology has come to the city, including companies like Seagate and Amgen; Amgen closed its Longmont campus in 2015. In April 2009, the GE Energy Company relocated its control solutions business to the area.[ citation needed ]
The downtown along Main Street, once nearly dead during the 1980s, has seen a vibrant revival in the 1990s and into the 21st century. During the mid-1990s, the southern edge of Longmont became the location of the first New Urbanist project in Colorado, called Prospect New Town, designed by the architects Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.
Longmont was the site of Colorado's first library though it lasted up to a year before its collection of 300 books was lost. Following this, Longmont also was the site of one of Carnegie's libraries with the single-story structure being opened in 1913. It remained open until August 7, 1972 when, due to overcrowding with approximately 22,000 books within the space, it was closed just a week before the new library that had been constructed next door was opened.
In May 2013, the Longmont City Council voted to finance and build out its own municipal gigabit data fiber-optic network to every house and business over a three-year period starting in late 2013.
Longmont is located in northeastern Boulder County at 16 miles (26 km) to Loveland and south 34 miles (55 km) to downtown Denver. State Highway 119 passes through the city south of downtown and leads southwest 15 miles (24 km) to Boulder and east 5 miles (8 km) to Interstate 25.. The city extends eastward into western Weld County. U.S. Highway 287 (Main Street) runs through the center of the city, leading north
The elevation at City Hall is 4,978 feet (1,517 m) above sea level. St. Vrain Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River, flows through the city just south of the city center.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Longmont has a total area of 27.6 square miles (71.6 km2), of which 26.2 square miles (67.8 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.8 km2), or 5.30%, is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the censusof 2010, there were 86,270 people living in the city (2019 estimate: 97,261). The population density was 3,294 people per square mile. There were 35,008 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was:
There were 33,551 households, of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.6% under the age of 20, 6.3% from 20 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years.
The median income for a household in the city was $58,698, and the median income for a family was $70,864. Males had a median income of $51,993 versus $41,025 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,209. About 11.1% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.
In 2011 Longmont was rated the 2nd safest city in Colorado.
Longmont is home to the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College, the St. Vrain Valley School District, and to a number of private schools. Longmont is also home to the Master Instructor Continuing Education Program (MICEP) a voluntary accreditation program for aviation educators.
There is also a municipal public library. As of 2019 [update] there was deliberation over whether to establish a library district and to have the library publish news. That year the library's director stated, in the words of Corey Hutchins of the Columbia Journalism Review , "lacks resources and hasn’t kept up with the city’s growth".
Longmont is part of the RTD transit district that provides local and regional bus service to Denver and Boulder.
Outside of RTD, Longmont is connected to Fort Collins, Loveland, and Berthoud via a FLEX regional bus service.
In 2012, Longmont was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a silver-level bicycle-friendly community. Longmont is one of 38 communities in the United States to be recognized with this distinction. It is the only city in Colorado placed at the silver level that is not a major tourist center or a university city.
Vance Brand Airport is a public-use airport owned by the city. It currently has no scheduled passenger flights, but it is popular for general aviation.
The Longmont Leader (formerly the Longmont Observer)is the local daily newspaper.
The Longmont Times-Call , while bearing the city's name, is published from Boulder and is operated by Alden Global Capital of New York City.
Longmont's radio stations include KRCN, KGUD, and KKFN. Sports radio is broadcast on KKSE-FM from a tower about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Longmont. Also located nearby is KDFD, a Fox News Radio affiliate with a conservative talk format. The KDFD (760 AM) transmitter site is about 15 miles (24 km) east of Boulder.
NPR programming can be heard on Colorado Public Radio stations KCFR from Denver, and KCFC (AM) in Boulder. The NPR affiliate KUNC from the Fort Collins-Greeley market can also be heard in Longmont.
Longmont is also served by Pacifica Radio affiliate KGNU, a non-commercial community radio station from Boulder.
According to the Longmont Area Economic Council,the top ten employers in Longmont are:
In addition, Longmont supports a thriving craft brewing industry as well as many recreational and travel-related businesses. Local breweries include two of the nation's largest craft brewers,Left Hand and Oskar Blues, as well as 300 Suns, Bootstrap, Collision, Großen Bart, Shoes & Brews, Pumphouse, and Wibby Brewing. To service the transportation needs of brewery patrons, the local Brew Hop Trolley offers a hop-on-hop-off brewery tour for a fixed price. The trolley, which is actually just a motorized vehicle, returns to each brewery on its route approximately every hour during its operating hours on weekends. Longmont is known for its 'maker' community and includes businesses such as Colorado Aromatics Skin Care, Magic Fairy Candles, Robin Chocolates and Haystack Mountain Cheese. Longmont also features a Saturday Farmers Market.
Due to its proximity to the Rocky Mountain National Park, Longmont is home to many hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that cater in part to the tourists visiting the park each year. One recreational business that calls Longmont home is Mile Hi Skydiving, which is one of the largest skydiving facilities in the state of Colorado. Longmont is also home to Saul, the World's Largest Sticker Ball,at StickerGiant, a custom sticker and label printing company on the city's east side. TinkerMill, the largest makerspace in the region, is located in Longmont. Other businesses support skiing and other snowsports, bicycling, and rock climbing.
This is a list of mayors of Longmont.
|L. H. Dickson||1881–1885|
|George T. Dell||1885–1887|
|Charles H. Baker||1887–1888|
|John B. Thompson||1888–1889|
|Ira L. Herron||1889–1890|
|John A. Buckley||1892–1894|
|Neil C. Sullivan||1894–1896|
|George W. Coffin||1896–1897|
|Willis A. Warner||1897–1898|
|Frank M. Downer||1898–1899|
|Frank M. Miller||1899–1901|
|John A. Donovan||1901–1903|
|Samuel C. Morgan||1903–1905|
|Charles A. Bradley||1905–1909|
|Frank P. Secor||1909–1911|
|Rae H. Kiteley||1911–1921|
|James F. Hays||1921–1927|
|Fred W. Flanders||1927–1929|
|Earl T. Ludlow||1929–1931|
|Fred C. Ferguson||1943–1947|
|George A. Richart||1947–1949|
|Otto F. Vliet||1949–1957|
|Richard C. Troxell||1957–1959|
|Ralph R. Price||1961–1969|
|Alexander Zlaten||1969–1971 Pro Tem|
|Wade Gaddis||1971–1973 Pro Tem|
|Austin P. Stonebreaker||1973–1974|
|Alvin G. Perenyi||1975–1977|
|George F. Chandler||1977 Pro Tem|
|E. George Patterson Jr.||1977–1979|
|Robert J. Askey||1979–1981|
|William G. Swenson||1981–1985|
|Alvin E. Sweney||1987–1989|
|Bryan L. Baum||2009–2011|
|Dennis L. Coombs||2011–2017|
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