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What's Great About Greeley - National Ranking

2014 National Rankings 

Greeley Leads in Construction Jobs
Greeley ranks 8th in the nation for growth in construction jobs. Construction employment increased 17% in the Greeley metro area between June 2013 and June 2014, according to an analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America.  

NCMC a Top 100 Hospital
For the second consecutive year, North Colorado Medical Center has been named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. NCMC has also been named as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades which is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Healthgrades also rated NCMC in the top 2% of all hospitals in the U.S. 

NCMC Top 100 Teaching Hospital
North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley has been named to the Truven Health Analytics' list of top 100 hospitals in the nation for best teaching hospitals.

2013 National Rankings 

Nerd Wallet Ranks Greeley #2 in US for Fastest Growing Incomes
Greeley has been ranked #2 by Nerd Wallet as one of the cities with the fastest growing incomes. The ranking looked at the growth in median earnings for workers in the period between 2007 and 2011. Greeley is the only Colorado city in the top 20 out of 483 cities.

Greeley Ranked 8th in Nation for Projected Growth
Many metropolitan areas have slumped a bit in their economic recovery in 2013. A study by IHS Global Insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors forecasts that of the 336 metro areas examined, only 68 are expected to record annual growth exceeding 2 percent. Greeley is ranked #8 on the list with a projected growth of 4 percent in 2014.

Greeley MSA Ranked 10th on Milken Best Performing Cities Report
The annual Milken Institute report on best performing cities for 2013 was released in December. Greeley and the Greeley MSA (Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses most of Weld County) were ranked 10th in the large cities category. This is a jump from the 42nd spot in the 2012 report. For 2013 as in previous reports, the Milken researchers examined 379 metropolitan areas for economic vitality based primarily on job creation and retention taking into account such things as stable and expanding wages and business growth.


Top City for Dietitians and Nutritionists

Greeley is among the top cities in the nation for dieticians and nutritionists.  ValuePenguin, a consumer data and research website, ranked Greeley #7 out of their top 10 cities as the best place in terms of career prospects.  The data showed that Greeley has 10% more dieticians than the national average and has the 5th highest quotient in the country.



2012 National Rankings 


Greeley Ranks High in Tolerance Index

Greeley residents' openness to new ideas and other forms of tolerance helped rank the city 12th in the nation among the top cities in the United States.  The research was conducted by the Martin Prosperity Institute and published in The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited.


Greeley Ranks 42nd in Best Performing Cities Index

The Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area took a large leap in 2012, jumping twenty spots and landing as the 42nd best-performing cities for largest metros by the 2012 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index.  The index ranks areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.  The Index also ranked Greeley 5th in job growth from 2010-2011. 


2011 National Rankings


Greeley Metropolitan Area Ranks 2nd for Job Creation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked the Greeley MSA 2nd in the nation for job creation from September 2010 - September 2011.


Health Alliance Receives National Recognition

The North Colorado Health Alliance has received the national "Supporting the Safety Net" award by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans in Washington.  The award recognizes a community-based organization or individual that has implemented exemplary, innovative programs to meet the health needs of high-risk populations and can serve a a model of "best practices' for other communities.  The NoCo Health Alliance was formed 11 years ago and works to meet the health care needs of vulnerable populations by developing a coalition among organizations that traditionally compete with each other.

2009 National Rankings

Greeley Metropolitan Area Stays at 20th

The Milken Institute Best Performing Cities Index has again ranked the Greeley Metropolitan Area 20th in the nation in terms of job growth.  The area was the highest-ranking large metro area in Colorado.


Volunteerism Abounds in Greeley

Greeley has been ranked 25th in mid-sized cities for the percentage of residents who volunteer by the annual Volunteering in America report.  The same report ranked Greeley 10th for the number of hours contributed per volunteer with an average of 46.1 hours.  


"Where To Retire" Magazine Profiles Greeley

Where To Retire Magazine has profiled Greeley as one of the eight best places to retire due primarily to our housing affordability and excellent community amenities.


Weld County Ranked #13 on Forbes' "Cheapest Places to Live" list

Forbes Magazine has listed Greeley's metropolitan statistical area as the 13th least expensive place to live in the nation.  Forbes also ranked Weld County as #37 of the 200 Best Places for Business and Careers, jumping 20 spots from 2008.


Greeley Metropolitan Area Jumps 20 Spots in Ranking

The Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses Weld County, was recently ranked 37 out of 200 metro areas across the country on the list of Best Places for Business and Careers, jumping up 20 spots from last year's ranking.  Greeley also ranked 36th in projected job growth.



2008 National Rankings


Greeley Moves Up In National Ranking

Greeley and Weld County continue to be ranked as one of the nation's most robust and enduring areas for business despite the national economic slowdown.  The Milken Institute Best Performing Cities Report ranked the Greeley metropolitan statistical area 20th in the nation in creating and sustaining jobs in 2007 - a jump of nine spots from the previous year's report.


Greeley Stampede Given Patriotic Kudos

The Greeley Stampede/9News Independence Day Parade was recognized in USA Today as one of the "10 Great Places to Fly Your Patriotic Colors on July 4th" by the President and CEO of the International Festivals & Events Association.


Poudre River Trail Receives Recognition in Retirement Magazine

The City of Greeley and Poudre Trail Corridor, Inc. are pleased to announce the recognition of Greeley's Poudre Trail by "Where To Retire" magazine.  The Trail is listed as one of the nation's "8 Havens with Great Cycling Trails" and profiles Greeley as one of "eight towns with safe and well-maintained cycling trails and amenities suitable for retirement."  The September/October 2008 edition has more.


Greeley earns "Best Places to Set Up Shop" ranking
Despite a tough national economy, has ranked the Greeley/Weld Metropolitan Statistical Area 18th in the small cities category and 25th overall best place in the country to do business.  Only one other Colorado MSA, Grand Junction, was ranked better.



2006 National Rankings

U.S. Census Announces Greeley Metro Area as 2nd Fastest-Growing from 2000-2005
Greeley, Colorado was the 2nd fastest growing metro area from 2000-2005 according to the U.S. Census Bureau with a growth rate of 26.5 percent.

Greeley earns Top 20 ranking on Inc. Magazine’s 2006 Hot Cities list
Inc. Magazine announced in their May 2006 edition that Greeley is rated #18 on their latest list of Hot Cities. Greeley’s ranking in the small cities category comes on the heels of the Milken Institute’s top 10 percent rating for the city earlier this year. These ratings are a result of strong job growth and other indicators that suggest that Greeley is an “emerging” city that has advantages seen in many boomtowns. The 18th place rating is out of 100 cities with an employment base of under 150,000. Other criteria included median income, health care and education. In the magazine’s community profile section, they state, “Historically an agricultural powerhouse, Greeley, located about 60 miles northeast of Denver, has made a new-economy transition, with a top-notch acute-care facility in the area…The city has seen 14 percent growth in service jobs since 2003.” View Inc. Magazine’s 2006 Boomtown article.

Greeley listed as Best Performing City – Milken Institute Index
The recently-released Milken Institute Best Performing Cities Index, a measurement of where jobs are being created in America, shows that Greeley, Colorado ranks in the top 10 percent of the best performing small U.S. cities in both job and salary growth. The study, conducted by the nonprofit independent economic think tank, lists the best performing 179 small cities in the country during 2005, and measures one-year and five-year job creation track records.

Greeley ranked #31 among the 179 cities in overall best performance in 2005. It scored an impressive #16 in job growth during the 5-year period from 1999-2004. The city also improved its one-year job growth performance to #13 in 2004-2005, up from #28 in 2003-2004. Greeley’s 5-year salary growth performance ranked #17.

U.S. Census Announces Greeley Metro Area as Nation’s Fastest-Growing for 2000-2003
Greeley, Colorado was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area between April 1, 2000 and July 1, 2003 according to “Population Change in metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: 1990-2003,” a report by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau reported growth in the Greeley metro area at 16.8 percent between 2000 and 2003.