Hailed as America's "Sweetheart City," Loveland is a scenic gateway into the Rocky Mountains. Loveland is home to 27 public parks, famed outdoor sports and recreation, and a diverse cultural landscape. With a strong sense of community and small-town atmosphere, Loveland is a great place to live for families and singles alike. The city has more than 68,000 residents who welcome newcomers with open arms. Look for Loveland apartments for rent, and experience the best arts, hearts, history and beauty that Northern Colorado has to offer.
Although the first settlers arrived in the area in 1858, the city of Loveland began in 1881. Named after William Loveland, president of the Colorado Central Railroad, Loveland was founded along the railroad crossing near the Big Thompson River. The railroad helped Loveland establish itself as a shipping point for farmers, ranchers and lumber suppliers west of the Mississippi River. The town's economy was initially driven by agriculture, with sugar beets and sour cherries as the primary crops until the Great Western Sugar Company built a factory in Loveland at the turn of the century, creating a new, large option for employment.
Loveland experienced a more diversified economy and population boom during the late 20th century when a number of large manufacturing and technology companies brought commerce to Colorado. Today, Loveland is at the center of the up-and-coming Northern Colorado, or NoCO, region with exceptional business and cultural opportunities.
Loveland is home to the Loveland Center for Colorado Christian University's College of Adult and Graduate Studies, offering classes for adult students in Northern Colorado. Colorado Christian University offers a range of in-class and online degree programs ranging from biblical studies to health care administration to criminal justice. The university and student body embrace the declarations of the National Association of Evangelicals and affiliate with the overall evangelical faith rather than any specific denomination. Aims Community College also has a campus in Loveland, and is known as one of the most progressive two-year colleges in the state. This location offers credit classes, a nursing assistant program and continuing education classes.
For those seeking work, Loveland is home to many local business opportunities. Agilent Technologies is one of the largest companies in the area, offering job opportunities to Loveland residents in the fields of advancing electronics, communications, life sciences and chemical analysis. Other top employers include the McKee Medical Center, Aims Community College, Woodward Governor Company and the Group Publishing Company. Fifty-nine percent of Loveland residents work in management, sales and office occupations in these industries.
With the highly acclaimed lifestyle in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Loveland residents enjoy affordable rent prices. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the average apartment here costs $884 a month. That's only $20 more than the Colorado state average, and offers residents the best of city life in a scenic environment. Everyday living expenses are also affordable in Loveland. The city received a cost of living index of 97.9, which is slightly less than the national average rate of 100.
One of Loveland's greatest attractions is the Benson Sculpture Garden, home to more than 100 permanent sculptures. Every summer, the work of 200 artisans is displayed in the landscape and sold to local residents. Loveland has acclaimed golf courses - the Mariana Butte Golf Course, Cattail Creek Golf Course and Loveland Golf Course - which allow visitors to play a round of golf with incredible mountain views. Other local favorites include the Colorado Computer Museum, Loveland Art Academy and Timberlane Farm Museum.
Loveland is also home to a unique range of events that speak to the local culture. The Loveland Corn Roast Festival features attractions centered on corn. Enjoy the delicious tastes of roasted and boiled corn, or compete in a corn shucking or corn eating contest while listening to the sounds of local talent in the Loveland's Got Talent Contest and Loveland Battle of the Bands. The Sweetheart Balloon Rally and Airstream Show, Loveland Loves BBQ, Bands and Brews; and A City with HeART festival also bring together the local community to celebrate the city of Loveland.
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