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Overview of Longmont

Head north on Interstate 25 alongside Rocky Mountain National Park for 30 miles and you will find yourself in the beautiful community of Longmont. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, spectacular views of the mountains, a buzzing restaurant scene and plenty of high-tech companies, it is no wonder that many Colorado residents are finding Longmont apartments for rent. Named one of the "Best Places to Live" in both 2006 and 2008, this beautiful, thriving city is showing no signs of slowing down its progress.

Living in Longmont, CO

The areas in Central Colorado were occupied by Dakota and Cheyenne Indians until the first European explorers and adventurers came into the area in the early 19th century. The first American explorer who settled in the community was Stephen H. Long, whom the city is named after. Fur traders, miners and trappers soon followed and a settlement began to form.

Soon after, Longmont got some strange visitors. In 1870, a group of well-to-do Chicagoans decided to start a new town in Colorado. They sold memberships and used the money they made to purchase 60,000 acres of land and building materials to set up a small town in the uninhabited area. By the summer of 1871, the building was complete and what was originally known as the "Chicago-Colorado Colony" was officially changed to Longmont.

The city has doubled its population just about every ten years due to farmers settling here for the rich soil, which is a rarity in the dry Colorado climate. The Dust Bowl, world wars, the Great Depression and an influenza outbreak took a toll on the blossoming town, and the community was forced to rebuild. After World War II, the economy quickly shifted from agriculture to technology production. Even today, Longmont remains one of the cities with the highest concentration of software-related jobs in the country.

Longmont Work and Study

One of the most well respected institutions in the Longmont area is Front Range Community College. With associate degrees and certificate programs in many fields, there are plenty of ways to get a kickstart to your career here. This school also collaborates with two dozen Colorado businesses and organization in clean energy technology. Regardless of whether you are attending college at Front Range or commuting to the Boulder or Denver areas, finding rentals in Longmont near Interstate 25 would be your safest bet for getting to and from class quickly.

The largest private employer in the area is Seagate Technology, a computer disk drive manufacturer, according to the city's official government website. Although software and interface production is a major source of the employment here, there is also a profitable Crocs plant and large biopharmaceutical company here. With such an innovative eye for the future, it is easy to see why so many people are flocking to this area for the jobs of tomorrow.

Rentals in Longmont, CO and Cost of Living

Because of its recent growth spurt and close proximity to two major cities in Colorado, the cost of living here is slightly higher than the national average, according to city-data.com. However, the median household income has seen a slight bump in the past ten years, so you should be able to find affordable apartments in the area. The median gross rent in 2009 was $868 per month.

Longmont Attractions and Special Events

One of the biggest attractions for locals and visitors in the area is Rocky Mountain National Park. Complete with beautiful wildflowers, western wildlife, 300 miles of hiking trails and camping facilities, there is never a reason to be bored here. The park is also committed to environmental conservation and is an epicenter for glacial studies. Learning about the anatomy of the mountains here is a great way to find out more about what makes this community so proud of its natural surroundings.  

To find your next rental apartment or house in Longmont, take a look at our listings on Rent.com®.

RockVue Apartments - Broomfield, CO 80021
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(143)

Broomfield, CO 80021

$1465 - $2240

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Broomfield, CO (Midcities)

(143)

$1465 - $2240

220 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tantra Lake - Boulder, CO 80303
20

Boulder, CO 80303

$1360 - $3040

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boulder, CO (South Boulder)


$1360 - $3040

185 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Catania - Broomfield, CO 80020
18

Broomfield, CO 80020

$1370 - $2270

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Broomfield, CO (The Overlook District)


$1370 - $2270

397 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

North Main Apartments at Steel Ranch - Louisville, CO 80027
13

Louisville, CO 80027

$1469 - $1954

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Louisville, CO (South Boulder)


$1469 - $1954

228 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ardenne Apartments - Lafayette, CO 80026
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(14)

Lafayette, CO 80026

$1295 - $2515

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lafayette, CO

(14)

$1295 - $2515

160 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Grand View at Flatirons - Louisville, CO 80027
15
(8)

Louisville, CO 80027

$1351 - $1790

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Hawthorne Hill - Thornton, CO 80233
35
(18)

Thornton, CO 80233

$1165 - $1840

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Thornton, CO (Walton Heath)

(18)

$1165 - $1840

336 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Deer Crest - Broomfield, CO 80020
14

Broomfield, CO 80020

$1240 - $1795

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Broomfield, CO


$1240 - $1795

284 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boulder View - Boulder, CO 80301
21

Boulder, CO 80301

$1344 - $1935

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boulder, CO (Gunbarrel)


$1344 - $1935

68 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Canterwood - Boulder, CO 80303
25

Boulder, CO 80303

$1660 - $1955

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boulder, CO (East Foothills, Southeast Boulder)


$1660 - $1955

216 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Arbour Square - Westminster, CO 80023
28
(3)

Westminster, CO 80023

$1280 - $2545

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Westminster, CO

(3)

$1280 - $2545

300 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Carrick Bend - Northglenn, CO 80233
22

Northglenn, CO 80233

$1220 - $2315

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Northglenn, CO (Northglenn)


$1220 - $2315

228 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Promenade At Hunter's Glen - Thornton, CO 80241
18

Thornton, CO 80241

$1228 - $2293

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Thornton, CO (Eastlake, Washington Tech Park)


$1228 - $2293

264 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Sanctuary - Westminster, CO 80021
23

Westminster, CO 80021

$1276 - $1929

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Westminster, CO


$1276 - $1929

332 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Harvest Station - Broomfield, CO 80020
40

Broomfield, CO 80020

Contact for Pricing

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Broomfield, CO (Broomfield Urban Transit Village)


Contact for Pricing

297 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Boulders - Boulder, CO 80301
4

Boulder, CO 80301

$1563 - $1859

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boulder, CO (Palo Park)


$1563 - $1859

161 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Arista Uptown - Broomfield, CO 80021
33

Broomfield, CO 80021

$1090 - $1770

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Broomfield, CO (Broomfield Urban Transit Village)


$1090 - $1770

272 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

AMLI At Interlocken - Broomfield, CO 80021
36

Broomfield, CO 80021

$1289 - $2015

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Broomfield, CO (Interlocken)


$1289 - $2015

340 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lake Vista Luxury Apartments - Loveland, CO 80538
20
(3)

Loveland, CO 80538

$1275 - $2250

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Loveland, CO (Range View, Twin Peaks)

(3)

$1275 - $2250

303 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Brookside - Boulder, CO 80305
17
(16)

Boulder, CO 80305

$1637 - $2444

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Boulder, CO (South Boulder)

(16)

$1637 - $2444

144 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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