Moving to Northern Colorado – Larimer vs Weld County 2021!

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Deciding to move to another city is a BIG decision. If you’re moving to Northern Colorado, you should choose whether you want to live in Larimer or Weld Country. In this blog post, I’ll help you with your decision.

Geographical difference between Larimer and Weld County

When you’re living in Northern Colorado, there’s this lifestyle of living along the foothills west of I-25, versus living east of I-25, which is a little bit more rural. And that’s exactly the major geographical difference between Larimer and Weld County.

If you decide to move to Larimer, you’re going to live along the foothills, while in Weld County you can expect a more rural, plainsy lifestyle.

Weather difference

On average the temperature in Weld County is warmer than in Larimer. In Weld County, there are more sunny days, while Larimer County has more snowfall.

Objectively speaking, Weld County has superior weather than Larimer. However, from an insider’s perspective, both counties get hit by a good amount of snow and also see some hail storms. It feels like Fort Collins is a Mecca of weather in Northern Colorado, but you could seemingly argue Weld County is better.

To help you get a better idea of the weather in Northern Colorado, here are some interesting stats:

  • Larimer County gets 16 inches of rain on average per year, while the US average is 38 inches of rain
  • On average, there are 240 days of sun in Weld County, while the US average is 205 sunny days
  • Larimer County averages 67 inches of snow per year, while the US average is 28 inches

Political differences

Politically, Weld County is strongly red with the majority of Republican-leaning voters, while Larimer is blue with purple hues and leans towards Democrats. This information sometimes changes people’s perspectives on whether they want to move to Weld or Larimer County, so have that it at your fingertips when making your final decision.

Distance to DIA

Another important factor to consider when choosing your new county is the distance to DIA. Whether you choose Larimer or Weld County, you should know that our major metros are both going to be about an hour away from DIA.

Red Feather Lakes is probably the furthest to DIA, with about 2 hours of distance. From Fort Collins, you’ll need about 1 hour and 5 minutes, while from Greeley around 50 minutes.


Weld County’s population is around 344,000 people and Larimer County’s about 369,000 with Weld County growing at a faster rate.

Median incomes

Here are the median incomes for Weld and Larimer County.

  • Weld County individual income: $34,305
  • Weld County household: $74,150
  • Larimer County individual income: $32,905
  • Larimer County household: $71,881

Median housing prices

The rolling 12-month average median price in Larimer County is about $449,000, while in Weld County it’s about $395,000 so you’ll be able to find more affordable houses in Weld County vs Larimer.

Overall, both counties are great places to live in, so whichever you choose, you won’t make a mistake! Hopefully, this blog post helped you figure out what’s more suitable for you and your family.

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