Fort Collins is more than just a great town & place to raise a family, meet friends, build a career, and enjoy life. Fort Collins is a place to call home. Outdoor activities, from biking to river rafting, skiing to hiking, are abundant and the climate is dry and pleasant with ample sunshine and cool breezes.

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The Community of Fort Collins

Fort Collins enjoys a national reputation as a community where the American dream comes true. Residents are part of a thriving city that still maintains the heart of a small community that cares.  From high-tech business campuses to flower-lined alleyways to thriving locally owned businesses, positivity abounds.

Colorado State University adds to the diversity of the community and creates numerous cultural and educational opportunities. It has well-respected mens and womens sports programs. Fort Collins boasts a vibrant arts scene (how many cities have colorful painted pianos upon which anyone can tickle the ivories?) and residents can choose from an array of performing arts offerings, including top-tier small theaters, symphonies, ballet, choral groups, an opera company and traveling national shows at the city-owned Lincoln Center.

Visitors are welcome at the city’s many award-winning breweries for tours and tastings; start at one and you’ll have the choice from almost a dozen of which to visit next. Each summer, Fort Collins plays host to large festivals, including Tour de Fat and New West Fest, whose Bohemian Nights features top national musical acts. Small music venues abound and multiple locations offer free outdoor summer concerts.

Fort Collins is home to over 40 city parks scattered throughout the town.   A bike path system provides miles of paved trails popular with local bicyclists, runners and walkers.  Whether spring, summer, fall or winter, there are plenty of fun options for the whole family. Farmers’ markets are popular year-round and countless restaurants take pride in serving locally sourced products.

The attractive cost of living, mild climate, simple lifestyle, outdoor recreation, entertainment and top-tier health care facilities attract many retirees to the area. Many of them join their children who have chosen to raise their families here. The city’s “Old Town” was even the inspiration for Main Street USA in Disneyland!

Every month it seems Fort Collins makes some sort of “Best Of” list. In 2012, Forbes ranked the city the third best place for business and careers. It’s easy to see why Money Magazine ranked Fort Collins ranked No. 2 on its 2008 Best Places to Live list, and No. 1 in 2006.

Community Facts

Population: 155,400 (2014 estimate) including 31,000 students at Colorado State University. 
Elevation:  5,003’ and covering a land area of 55.83 square miles
Climate: Nearly 300 days of sunshine per year and 14.5 inches of precipitation. Summer humidity averages out to around 30%
Geography: 50 miles north of Denver, 42 miles east of Rocky Mountain National Park
Religion: There are over 110 churches 

Median family income: $53,359

Schools

Poudre School District has 27,000 students in over 50 schools and several which house targeted programs and curriculums. There are several private and religious schools.

Recreation

In Fort Collins, there are 40 parks, 56 public and private tennis courts, six golf courses (with many more in easy driving distance), 16 baseball diamonds/football fields and many pools. For boaters, there are three area lakes that accommodate most types of water-craft, including Horsetooth State Park, situated on one of the largest reservoirs and boating centers in the state.

Fort Collins is 30 minutes from the Poudre Canyon--which features Colorado's only National Wild and Scenic River--is the perfect getaway. Take a Sunday drive, raft the whitewater, hike one of the trails, picnic or camp in one of the designated spots.  The city is only a few hours drive to the heart of ski country. Loveland, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Vail and Steamboat Springs can be reached in around three hours.

The Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Rapids Women play their home games in Denver, about an hours drive away. 

Denver International Airport is just over an hour away and it is fifth busiest airport in the United States. This modern facility is also the largest airport in the U.S. based upon total area.

Health Care

University of Colorado Health (formerly Poudre Valley Health System) serves residents in Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. It boasts state-of- the-art facilities and has attracted some of the country’s finest physicians in most specialties.Banner Health is constructing a new hospital scheduled to open in 2015, which will also serve Kaiser Permanente patients.

Employment

Major employers include Colorado State University, Poudre School District, Woodward, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Anheuser-Busch, University of Colorado Health, New Belgium Brewing and OtterBox, There are 21 Fortune 500 companies that have a presence in Larimer County.



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Bike-In Cinema
Bike-In Cinema

On a beautiful Fort Collins summer night, bike to New Belgium Brewing's Bike-In Cinema to enjoy a movie on their front lawn while sipping a beer under the stars. This is a enjoyable and much-anticipated activity for Fort Collins residents!

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Fort Collins Bike Share
Fort Collins Bike Share

Rent a bike from one of the Fort Collins Bike Share's many locations and explore the city on two wheels! Go on one of the self-guided tours or just cruise around town at your own leisure. Daily, weekly and annual membership passes are also available.

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Fort Collins Ghost Tours
Fort Collins Ghost Tours

This year-round tour takes you on a guided evening walk into and under Old Town Fort Collins, where you’ll learn about local legends, hauntings, ghostly sightings and strange happenings. What a unique way to learn about this fascinating city!

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Fort Collins Museum of Art
Fort Collins Museum of Art

The Fort Collins Museum of Art strives to raise community awareness and appreciation for the visual arts. Located in Old Town Fort Collins the non-profit museum features diverse exhibitions, community events and educational programs for all ages.

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Jessup Farm Artisan Village
Jessup Farm Artisan Village

This modern collection of artisanal businesses brings the livelihood of the past into the present day. The Jessup Farm Artisan Village features a farm-to-table restaurant, coffee shop, boutique, bakery, barber, photography studio and more!

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The Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center is one of Colorado's largest performing arts spaces and offers indoor and outdoor theaters, three art galleries, and a sculpture garden. You'll find a variety of performances for a fun night out, including broadway musicals, comedy acts and da...

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