The City of Greeley is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Weld County, Colorado, United States. Greeley is in northern Colorado and is situated 49 miles (79km) north-northeast of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. According to a 2014 estimate, the population of the city is 98,596, making it the 12th most populous city in the state of Colorado. Greeley is a major city of the Front Range Urban Corridor. The town was named after Horace Greeley, editor of the New-York Tribune, who came to Colorado in the 1859 Pike's Peak Gold Rush. It was founded as the Union Colony in 1869, an experimental utopian society, but the name was later changed in honor of Horace Greeley. GovernorBenjamin Harrison Eaton declared Greeley an official city on April 6, 1886.