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Old 04-01-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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The OP asked about Loveland, not FC. Loveland is a bit of a satellite city of the Fort -- similar in some ways, but no university, so the demographics trend older, with a number of retirees. Nice town, but I think FC is better for the OP's age group.

Longmont is considered in Boulder's orbit -- though it may look close to Loveland on a map, it's really pretty separated. It's actually getting to be a nice town -- a bit like what Fort Collins once was about 10-15 years ago. The granola element is definitely there, in moderation, but it's not as pervasive as you'd find in Boulder. You'll read lots of stuff on city-data about Longmont having a gang problem and crime problem -- unfortunately this is mostly rubbish, at least by big-city standards. This impression comes because Longmont is slightly more diverse than other towns in Boulder County.

The other places you mentioned Centennial, Aurora and Cherry Creek -- are all in metro Denver. I'm guessing you actually mean the Cherry Creek School District and not the tony city-center Denver neighborhood. Cherry Creek School District is usually reckoned the "best" school district by those who rank such things, though I can think of half a dozen other ones that be good as well. Anywhere in that school district (which includes parts of Aurora and Centennial, among other cities), is definitely a good clean middle-class or better suburban area in Metro Denver.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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You'll read lots of stuff on city-data about Longmont having a gang problem and crime problem -- unfortunately this is mostly rubbish, at least by big-city standards. This impression comes because Longmont is slightly more diverse than other towns in Boulder County.


What do you mean by big-city standards? The gang crime impression comes because Longmont is littered with graffiti and homies. Stand on any corner in Longmont and within 5 minutes you are guaranteed to feel someones car stereo in your chest. Property values have went down and the city is hemorrhaging respected retailers being replaced by carniceria's and phone card stores, some call it "diverse" some call it a negative impact on property values and quality of life, I guess the outlook depends how much money you have invested in either of those.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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What do you mean by big-city standards? The gang crime impression comes because Longmont is littered with graffiti and homies. Stand on any corner in Longmont and within 5 minutes you are guaranteed to feel someones car stereo in your chest. Property values have went down and the city is hemorrhaging respected retailers being replaced by carniceria's and phone card stores, some call it "diverse" some call it a negative impact on property values and quality of life, I guess the outlook depends how much money you have invested in either of those.
I stand by my statement about Longmont. The presence of the odd Carniceria doesn't change my opinion about the town, which you'll find in just about every Metro Denver suburb as well. City-data crime index at 233.2 is far lower than the national average and comparable the crime rates in many better suburbs of Denver.
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