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Greeley MSA 7th fastest growing
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Greeley metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was the 7th fastest growing MSA in the United States from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018. The Greeley MSA, which encompasses Weld County, grew by 3% to reach a total population of 314,305. Comparatively, the Boulder MSA grew by 0.6% and the Fort Collins-Loveland MSA by 1.9%.
Berthoud, Estes Park top places to retire
SmartAsset, a New York based financial tech firm, recently released their list of the Best Places to Retire in Colorado. Two Northern Colorado communities made the cut, Berthoud at #3 and Estes Park at #6. Criteria taken into account includes availability of medical care, recreational and social opportunities for seniors, and tax friendliness.
Colorado wages beat national average
According to data recently released by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 Colorado’s per-hour earnings outpaced the national average by 7%. In Colorado, Boulder reported the highest wages out of all the state’s metro areas, with an hourly average of $31.10. Fort Collins came in 4th with an hourly average of $24.54, and Greeley was 6th at $23.05. Click here to review the full set of reports: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/news/colorado-occupational-employment-and-wages-2018
Johnstown, Windsor ‘Safest Cities’
SafeWise, a professional review and comparison website, released their latest rankings of the 100 safest cities in the U.S. and Johnstown, CO came in at #38 and Windsor, CO came in at #46. Evaluation of cities that met SafeWise’s population threshold were based on analysis of FBI crime report statistics and population data. Click here to view the complete report.
Colorado counties top rankings
Aetna and U.S. News & World Report released their 2019 Healthiest Communities Rankings. Out of 3,000 counties in the U.S., 14 Colorado counties made the Top 50 healthiest: Douglas #1, Broomfield #5, Chaffee #11, Routt #14, San Miguel #17, Pitkin #19, Boulder #20, Clear Creek #30, Teller #32, Larimer #34, Grand #42, Elbert #44, Jefferson #47 and Eagle #48. The rankings took into account 81 metrics split into 10 categories. Click here to view the complete set of rankings: Click here to view the complete report.
Big Thompson project a ‘Best of the Best’
Engineering New Record, a weekly magazine for the construction industry, recently named the Big Thompson Canyon road project the top construction project in the nation out of 820 taken into consideration. The Big Thompson Project repaired sections of U.S. Hwy 34 between Loveland and Estes Park destroyed in the 2013 flood.
Fort Collins-Loveland MSA 9th for job growth
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released 2018 data findings and the Fort Collins-Loveland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked 9th for highest job growth in 2018, coming in at 4.4%. There are a total of 388 MSA’s nationwide. The Boulder MSA experienced a 3% job growth rate and the Greeley MSA come in at 2.6%. Click here to check out the data + interactive chart.
Healthgrades ranks NoCo hospitals among best
Healthgrades, an online medical information firm, released their 2019 America’s Best Hospital list. Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins were recognized as being among the top 5% of hospitals in the country. Click here for the complete report: https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/americas-best-hospitals-for-2019?redirected=true
Windsor’s Chimney Park restaurant makes Most Romantic list
OpenTable released their latest list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America and Windsor’s Chimney Park restaurant made the cut. The Flagstaff House in Boulder and Denver’s Mizuna and Nocturn restaurants were the other three Colorado restaurants on the list. The list of honorees was based on 12,000,000+ reviews of more than 28,000 restaurants all submitted by verified diners. Click here to check out other restaurants feeling the love: https://www.opentable.com/lists/most-romantic-restaurants-2019