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  •   State: 
    Larimer County
      County all: 
    Weld | Larimer
      County FIPS: 
    40°24′17″N 105°5′9″W
      Area total: 
    35.88 sq mi (92.94 km²)
      Area land: 
    34.41 sq mi (89.11 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.48 sq mi (3.83 km²)
    4,982 ft (1,519 m)
    1877; Incorporated April 30, 1881
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Fort Collins, CO
    Mountain Standard Time (MST) UTC-7:00; Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) UTC-6:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,100 residents per square mile of area (820/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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The City of Loveland is the home rule municipality that is the second most populous municipality in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. The city was officially founded in 1877 along the newly constructed line of the Colorado Central Railroad, near its crossing of the Big Thompson River. Loveland has aggressively expanded its incorporated limits eastward to embrace the interchange of Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 34, and is currently developing the area. In the last decade, the intersection has become a primary commercial hub of northern Colorado, with the construction of shopping centers and the Budweiser Events Center. On September 12, 2013, a historic flood affected numerous areas in Colorado, causing most rivers and creeks to overfill their banks. This flood is considered to be about a 500-year flood, which is about a chance of occurring in a given year. Two people died as a result of the 2013 flooding in the county while 144 people were killed in the 1976 flood, with 5 bodies with the incident in 1976 never found. The Loveland/Fort Collins area received about 4 inches (100 mm) of rain (100mm) compared to the 4 inches of rain other places received. The area has a total area of 25.5 miles (66 km) according to the United States Census Bureau, and a total population of 76,378 as of the 2020 census. It is the 14th most populous city in Colorado and is located south of Fort Collins, its larger neighbor and the county seat of Larimer county.


Loveland is located in southeastern Larimer County at 40°2417N 105°59W (40.404789, 105.085868). It is located south of Fort Collins, its larger neighbor and the county seat. Both cities have expanded steadily towards each other over the last several decades. The northern city limits are now contiguous with those of Windsor, which has expanded westward from Weld County across Interstate 25. Loveland has aggressively expanded its incorporated limits eastward to embrace the interchange of Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 34. In the last decade, the intersection has become a primary commercial hub of northern Colorado. A new medical center and mall have also been built at the I-25/US-34 interchange. This area is known as Centerra. The interchange is shared with its smaller neighbor Johnstown, of Weld County. They are considered a single metropolitan area by the U.S. government. The establishment of county-owned open space between the two communities in the 1990s was intended to create a permanent buffer. The area is currently developing the area. It is also home to the Budweiser Events Center and the Centerra Medical Center. The city limits of Windsor are contiguous to those of Loveland, which is contiguous to the town of Johnstown. The town of Windsor is contiguous with the city of Weld, and Loveland to Weld. The population of Windsor has grown from 2,000 to 3,000 in the last 20 years.


Mariano Medina built the first settlement in the area, Fort Namaqua, in 1858. Prior to that time it was a hub for French fur trappers dating back to the late 1700s. The city was officially founded in 1877 along the newly constructed line of the Colorado Central Railroad, near its crossing of the Big Thompson River. For the first half of the 20th century, the town was dependent on agriculture. In the late 20th Century, the economy diversified with the arrival of manufacturing facilities by Hewlett-Packard, Teledyne, and Hach. A new medical center has added a substantial amount of employment in that sector. On September 12, 2013, a historic flood affected numerous areas in Colorado. The Big Thompson caused major flooding in Loveland, and caused numerous road closures because of flood waters. The flooding river caused sections of U.S. Highway 34, the main highway from Loveland to Estes Park, to collapse. Two people died as a result of the 2013 flooding in Larimer county while 144 people were killed in the 1976 flood, with 5 bodies in the1976 incident never found. This flood is often compared to the BigThompson Flood of 1976, both of which are considered to be about a 1 in 500 chance of occurring in a given year, also called a "500-year flood" by the USGS and Colorado Department of Natural Resources standards and data respectively. It rained heavily for four consecutive days, causing most rivers and creeks to overfill their banks. At that time the Spring Glade Orchard was the largest cherry orchard west of the Mississippi River.

Geography and climate

Loveland has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) Its climate is characterized by warm to hot summer and long and moderately cold winter (sometimes severely) The hottest temperature recorded in Loveland was 106 °F (41 °C) on July 19, 2022, while the coldest temperature recorded was 31 °C on December 22, 1990. Loveland, Colorado has an annual snowfall of 47.0 inches (1,190 mm) The city has a total area of 25.5 square miles (66 km²) According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Loveland has an area of 24.6square miles (64km²) (3.68% of the city's area is land) Loveland Pass, also named after William A.H.Loveland, is not located near the town of Loveland. The city's annual precipitation of over 15 inches can sometimes be categorized as humid continental. It has a population of 2,816. The town has a climate of BSk, which means it has a warm, dry summer and a cold, wet winter. It also has a BSk climate, meaning it has warm, wet, and dry summers and cold, dry winters. It is located on the Colorado River, which is a tributary of the Animas River. Its annual precipitation is over 1,190mm, making it a humid continental climate. Its area of land is 25.6 square miles, of which 0.9sq miles (2.3 km²), is land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 50,608 people, 19,741 households, and 14,035 families residing in the city. In 2020, the population of Loveland was 76,378, which is a 51% increase from the population in 2000 census. The racial makeup of the city has changed to 84% White, 9% two or more races, 4% from other races, 1.2% from Asian, and 0.9% Black. Of those, Hispanic or Latino of any race makes up 13% of the population, and Non-Hispanic Whites makes up 79.7% ofLoveland's population. The median income for a household in theCity was $47,119, and the median income. for a family was $54,337. The per capita income for the city was $21,889. About 4.0% of families and 5.7%. of the residents were below the poverty line, including 6.7. of those under age 18 and 5,037 of those age 65 or over. The city is located on the Ohio River, which runs through the center of the town. Loveland is home to the Ohio State University, which was founded in 1883. The University of Ohio has a chapter of the Ohio College of Law, which dates back to 1887. The Ohio State College of Medicine is a division of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which began in 1894. It is the oldest college in the state.


The City of Loveland is a home-rule, council-manager form of government. The city council is a nine-member policy-making board, led by the mayor, who is elected for a two-year term by the community at large. The council elects, by majority vote, a mayor pro tem to serve the same term as the mayor. Between 2011 and 2019, the department had the second highest rate of police shootings among cities in Colorado. The Loveland Police Department has been involved in multiple controversies, including the arrest of Karen Garner, a 73 year old woman with dementia, and the shooting of and order of euthanasia on a 1 year old puppy. The chief of police is Robert "Bob" Ticer. Loveland's state legislators are Republicans. The mayor is Democrat Joe Neguse (Democrat). The city lies in the 15th district of the Colorado Senate, represented by Rob Woodward, and in the 51st district in the Colorado House of Representatives, represented By Hugh McKean (Republican). There are four wards in the city. Two council members are elected from each ward to serve four-year terms. The member representing the ward must have lived in the ward for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election. There are two city parks, one on the east side of the city and the other on the west side. There is a lake on the north side. The town is home to the Loveland Ski Club, which was founded in the early 1900s.


The Fort Collins / Loveland Airport serves corporate and general aviation needs, but does not currently have commercial airline service. The closest commercial/commuter airport is Denver International Airport, 70 miles (110 km) to the south. Loveland is connected to Fort Collins, Berthoud, and Longmont via the FLEX regional bus route and to Denver via the Bustang interregional express bus. A Tesla Supercharger was built and operational in the city by the end of December 2016. The city bus system in Loveland has been called COLTCity of Loveland Transit. It is part of the Colorado Transit Authority, which also runs the Fort Collins/Loveland Airport bus system and the Longmont-Broomfield-Loveland bus system. It has a fleet of more than 100 buses, many of which are operated by private companies. It also has a number of light-rail lines, which connect the city to the rest of the state and the National Highway System. It can be approached from Denver by car via I-25, which runs east to west through the city. It's also possible to get to Loveland from Fort Collins via Interstate 70, which cuts through the town. The town is located in the eastern part of Colorado, between the mountains and the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The U.S. Highway 34 highway divides the city in half, with Eisenhower Boulevard dividing it in half. The two main ZIP codes (80538 and 80537) are separated by this highway.

Places of interest

The Fort Collins-Loveland metropolitan area has received numerous awards as a great place to live. There is a large population of artists in Loveland, which has drawn three foundries, an art museum, and the annual sculpture shows in August. The city is located in the Colorado Front Range region at the base of the foothills just east of the mouth of Big Thompson River Canyon. Longs Peak and other mountains of the Front Range are visible from much of the city.Because of its location along U.S. 34, at one of the principal access routes to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland receives a significant amount of pass-through tourist traffic, especially in the summer months. In addition, the city serves as a "bedroom" community to commuters in many directions: to employment locations in Boulder, Westminster and other parts of the Denver Metropolitan area; and also to the college towns of Fort Collins (CSU), Greeley (UNC), and Boulder, (CU).

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado = 67.6. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 99. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Loveland = 4.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 76,378 individuals with a median age of 36.8 age the population grows by 24.43% in Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,100 residents per square mile of area (820/km²). There are average 2.49 people per household in the 25,126 households with an average household income of $51,369 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 4.70% of the available work force and has dropped -3.62% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 28.06%. The number of physicians in Loveland per 100,000 population = 224.


The annual rainfall in Loveland = 15.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 31.6 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 118. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 233. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 16.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 64, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado which are owned by the occupant = 67.35%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 22 years with median home cost = $184,730 and home appreciation of -4.70%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.20 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,069 per student. There are 19.1 students for each teacher in the school, 394 students for each Librarian and 367 students for each Counselor. 8.34% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 18.81% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.78% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Loveland's population in Larimer County, Colorado of 1,091 residents in 1900 has increased 70,01-fold to 76,378 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.67% female residents and 49.33% male residents live in Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado.

    As of 2020 in Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado are married and the remaining 36.62% are single population.

  • 25.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Loveland require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.38% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.71% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.12% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.11% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, 67.35% are owner-occupied homes, another 28.70% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.95% are vacant.

  • The 55.35% of the population in Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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