Long's Peak rises above Longmont
Long's Peak, whose summit is at 14,259 feet, rises above Longmont. | Photo by Jeffrey Beall / flickr

By Sue Deans

Longmont, with its agricultural roots, is quite different from Boulder, its Boulder County neighbor and the county seat.

Many consider Longmont a somewhat quieter alternative to Boulder, but with a similar focus on the arts, outdoor recreation, technology and a thriving restaurant scene.

In 2006, Longmont was named an All-American City by the National Civic League.

Longmont arts scene
Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Longmont facts
Population: 86,270 (2010 Census).
Land area: 21.8 square miles.
County: Boulder (Boulder is county seat).
Altitude: 4,942 feet above sea level.
Population: 600,158 (city) and 2.6 million (metropolitan area) (2010 Census).
Land area: 154.9 square miles.
County: Denver (Denver is a combined city-county government).
Altitude: 5,130 feet above sea level.
Climate: Warm summers and mild to cold winters, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 14 inches, including average snowfall of 36 inches. Snow depth of 1 inch from December to March. January averages: high 43, low 12. July averages: high 88, low 55. More weather >>