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Greeley Now Ranked in the Top 400 Places to Live in the Country

By Brett Johnson

Greeley, CO- The city of Greeley, Colorado is now considered to be one of the top 400 places to live in the United States, according to the June 2020 edition of Average Homes and Garden. The publication ranked Greeley as the 398th best place to live in the country. This is the city’s first appearance in the annual Best 400, which seeks to “dig really, really deep” to uncover what communities around the U.S. have to offer.

This year, Greeley was able to edge out both Three Mile Island, NJ (#400) and San Quentin Prison, CA (#399). The rating system utilizes a variety of metrics to determine the rankings, including but not limited to: access to outdoor recreation, restaurants, average smell, and distance from radioactive waste.

The new ranking for Greeley is largely being attributed to an additional Olive Garden location opening up within the city earlier this year.

Greeley residents offered mixed reactions to the city’s new status. Some residents welcomed the new attention expected to be brought in by the ranking.

Ken Smith, a 23-year Greeley resident said, “We’ve known Greeley was a top 400 place for a long time now, so it’s good to finally see some recognition.”

Others expressed skepticism and uncertainty, concerned over the fact that Greeley may now be attracting others from around the state to relocate to the city, potentially driving up the cost of living.

“I’m disappointed in the ranking. We don’t need this extra attention or publicity. I don’t want any of those Denverites moving here, now that we’ve broken into the top 400,” said Karen Robertson, a Greeley native and long-term resident.

While the fallout from this new star status facing Greeley remains to be seen, both locals and visitors alike now all know where Greeley stands, in comparison to other cities across the U.S.

Brett Johnson is a freelance writer based in Littleton, CO, who occasionally performs stand-up comedy to his shower curtain. Brett is a living, breathing, cliché Colorado native (but not the aggressive kind with the bumper sticker).

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