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Broomfield County

Broomfield is one of the two cities in Colorado that is both a city and a county (Denver being the other one). The city was founded in 1877 as a small farming community. It was originally named Zang’s Spur after the railroad spurt that allowed the founder of the Zang Brewing Co., to transport his grain from the fields in area to his Denver Brewery. In 1884, the US Post Office opened a station in the small town and changed the name to Broomfield, after broomcorn, after a crop that many settlers in the area were growing. Broomfield was incorporated in 1961 and had the distinction of being the only city in Colorado to reside in four separate counties. To help alleviate the problems and confusion in accessing services, residents decided to seek relief in a constitutional amendment to become the 64th county in Colorado in 2001. Today, the city of 73,000 residents features over 8,400 acres of private and public open spaces, 700 acres of parks, 316 miles of bike and walking trails and 45 playgrounds. U.S. News and World Report recognized Broomfield County as one of the healthiest communities in the country in 2020. This study examined the county’s economic performance, its educational system, and the availability and affordability of housing, among a myriad of other factors that impact residents’ overall quality of life. One of the larger shopping complexes in the metro area, Flatirons Crossing, is on the cities northwest side. The 1st Bank Center is nearby. This multi-purpose arena has seating for 6,500, is home of the Denver Roller Dolls, and has hosted major musicians such as Carrie Underwood, Dave Mathews, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, The Fray and many more. The city sits on the north side of the Denver metro area. Its proximity to the major commuting routes of I-25 and Highway 36, provide residents with short commutes to Denver, Boulder and Denver International Airport. Home values are on the rise, but are still more affordable than many areas of Denver, especially those suburbs on the southern end. The median home price for homes that closed in the last quarter of 2021 was right at $575,500, up 12.8% year-over-year. Learn more about Broomfield here.

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