Northern colorado news briefs
Colorado 5th for proportion of small businesses
Qrfy.com, a company that specializes in QR code generation, recently analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data to find the percentage of registered businesses with fewer than five employees for each state throughout 2021. Colorado ranked #5, with 60.93% of all businesses being classified as small businesses. Preceding Colorado in the rankings were: Florida #1, New York #2, Wyoming #3 and Montana #4. Click here for a deeper dive into the data.
Colorado ski resorts top North America rankings
USA Today recently released a Reader's Choice list of Top 10 Ski Resorts for the 2023/24 season and two Colorado resorts took top spots. Winter Park came in at #4 and Vail #7. Ski resorts were first nominated by a panel of experts and then readers voted on their favorites to determine the winners. Click here for the complete set of rankings by USA Today.
IRES 4th Quarter Report
Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) recently released their Q4 2023 MarketWatch Report. In Larimer County, the median sales price was $565,000 for Q4-2023, a 0.0% change year-over-year. The number of closed sales was down 23% dropping to 887. In Weld County, the median sales price was $500,000 for Q4-2023, a 4.2% increase year-over-year. The number of closed sales was down 21.5%, coming in at 1,2047. In Boulder County, the median sales price was $800,000 for Q4-2023, a 3.2% year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was up 3.7%, coming in at 680.
Fort Collins named Most Peaceful
Insider Monkey, a finance website that provides free insider trading and hedge fund data to ordinary investors, recently named Fort Collins the #1 Most Peaceful Place to Live in the U.S. Boulder came in at #2. Factors taken into consideration included noise pollution and access to local parks. Click here to read the full article.
Colorado economy poised for modest growth in 2024
CU recently released the annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook, which projects the state will add 41,900 jobs in 2024, a 1.4% increase over the 2023 worker total. Although Colorado’s population growth is forecast to slow over the next few decades, it is projected to continue to outpace the nation, growing at roughly twice the national rate. Colorado is forecast to increase from 1.7% of the U.S. population in 2020 to 2% by 2050. Click here to read the full report.
Proposed Front Range passenger rail
The Front Range Passenger Rail (FRPR) District recently voted to pursue use of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNFE) Railway freight route for passenger rail service on the Front Range. The route extends from Fort Collins to Pueblo and offers the most cost-effective solution as well as passes through the most population centers. Click here read more about the route selection and to view a map of the route. You can also learn more about the FRPR District at: www.ridethefrontrange.com.
CSU ranked top college for veterans
The Military Times recently released "Best for Vets" college rankings and CSU came in at #16 out of 325 academic institutions. The university has dedicated Adult Learner and Veteran Services, which offer academic and social support to nontraditional students. The rankings were based on surveys sent to student veterans at two- and four-year schools. Culture, student support, academic policies, academic outcomes/quality, cost and financial aid were all taken into account. Click here to learn more.
Boulder tops Fodor's Travel 'Go List'
Fodor's Travel, a resource offering expert travel advice for over 80 years, recently released their 2024 Go List. Boulder was one of only two U.S. locations to make the list of 24 destinations around the world. The outlet shone a light on Boulder's 300 days of sunshine, abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation and Pearl Street. Click here to view the complete Go List.
In-N-Out opens in Loveland
Loveland is now home to a popular, long-awaited In-N-Out Burger restaurant. The burger empire purchased the former Mimi's Cafe site in Centerra, now the nineth location in Colorado and sole location in Northern Colorado. The restaurant is so popular that City of Loveland traffic engineers collaborated with CDOT, Centerra Marketplace and In-N-Out to develop a traffic plan for the November grand opening. Click here for a list of all of the Colorado locations.