Located on the Front Range of Colorado, Loveland is just east of the Big Thompson River Canyon. The city lies at the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and U.S. Highway 287. The city is also near Lake Loveland, an early agricultural reservoir that is now a recreational facility for residents. Located at the southern edge of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Loveland is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.
The city of Loveland was founded in 1877 near the Big Thompson River. The town was named after William A.H. Loveland, president of the Colorado Central Railroad. At the time, Loveland was one mile upstream of St. Louis, so the city’s buildings were relocated to the Loveland site. Throughout the early 20th century, the town relied primarily on agriculture, though in 1901, the Great Western Sugar Company opened a factory. The factory operated until 1985, but the city closed its doors.
The city of Loveland CO has a population density of nearly 81,000. This is higher than both the Colorado and national averages. For comparison, the city of Johnstown has a population density of 69.5 people per square mile. Fort Collins has a density of 166,069 people per square mile. And despite being smaller, Loveland has a high percentage of Hispanic residents. In contrast, Fort Collins and Greeley are significantly larger cities.