Fort Collins Information
Fort Collins is a vibrant community of 145,000 set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver, CO.
As a regional center for employment, shopping, and healthcare, Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort Collins residents enjoy pleasant weather year-round. Fort Collins is an active community. From musical concerts and powerful plays to food and beer tasting extravaganzas, Fort Collins has it all. Indoor and outdoor activities are enjoyable in every season.
Money Magazine ranked Fort Collins as the "Best Place to Live" in America in 2006. Please click here to see all Fort Collins recognitions
Fort Collins is the fourth largest city in the State of Colorado, with an estimated population of 145,000, including 26,000 students at Colorado State University. Fort Collins' population is well-educated, with 44% of residents having a high school degree and 48% of them holding a bachelor's degree. Household median income of $45,846. Please click here for more demographics.
Climate and Proximity:
Fort Collins, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, low humidity, and moderate winters, enjoys a mild climate year-round. The area receives approximately 16 inches of rain and 59 inches of snow per year. The average high temperature during the summer months 83.5 degrees. In the winter months, it is 44.0 degrees.
Fort Collins sits at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 65 miles north of Denver CO and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, WY. Fort Collins' elevation is 5,003 ft. above sea level.
Fort Collins began as an army camp along the banks of the Poudre River. In 1867, the camp was dismantled, and the army moved out of the area. Although the military was gone, a settlement remained. In 1873, the city of Fort Collins was founded. Over the years, Fort Collins has grown and changed, but you can still see reminders of the past in the Historic Old Town District and many other sites around the area. Colorado State University's began in the 1870's, when the institution was founded as the Agricultural College of Colorado. For more information on local history, see the Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center's local historical archives.
On September 24, 2004, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th anniversary, making it one of the oldest established organizations in Fort Collins.
Fort Collins offers one of the best educational environments available in the United States. Poudre School District students exceed the state average by 9 to 19 percentage points in the proficient and advanced categories for reading, writing, math, and science on the rigorous CSAP tests and scored above the state on the 11th grade ACT assessment.
Colorado State University gives students a tremendous range of educational opportunities from undergraduate to graduate and professional programs. Colorado State University was founded in 1870 as the state's only land grant institution. Today, over 100 undergraduate programs are offered in a curriculum that ranges from liberal arts to veterinary sciences. CSU has over 26,000 students that come from all 50 states and nearly 80 countries. In addition to being Fort Collins' largest employer, CSU positively impacts the cultural aspects of Fort Collins. World-renowned speakers, sporting events, and cultural celebrations all help to give Fort Collins a personality you will love.
Front Range Community College offers a college curriculum as well as programs in vocational and technical areas. Thousands of students attend the college in pursuit of the 22 associate of art degrees, 17 high school programs, and 25 occupational degrees. The Fort Collins campus is the second largest and most rapidly growing community college in the state.
Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents the very best of Colorado. Exciting recreation and sports activities, festivals, cultural activities, high-quality healthcare and great senior accommodations make Fort Collins a choice place to live.
From activities for the extreme athlete to the leisurely weekend enthusiast, Fort Collins has it all. In town, residents take advantage of 820 acres of developed park land, including 6 community parks and 44 neighborhood/pocket parks as well as 29 miles of trails offering scenic views of the Poudre River and the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Golfers of all abilities love Fort Collins' eight beautiful golf courses and everyone will enjoy swimming, figure skating or playing hockey at the popular EPIC (Edora Pool and Ice Center). If you want to escape the city limits, your favorite ski resorts and cross-country trails are in your backyard and summertime offers opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping and more. Trout fishing and whitewater rafting are popular activities on the nearby Cache la Poudre River.
There is no better place than Fort Collins for spectator sports. Colorado State University fans delight in watching the popular Rams football, basketball and volleyball teams. A short drive to Denver puts you in the seats of a Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies or Denver Nuggets game. The annual Greeley Stampede in Greeley and the nationally-acclaimed Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming are popular summer day trips.
As a regional center for medicine, Fort Collins is home to thousands of general practitioners and specialists of every kind. Poudre Valley Health System is Fort Collins' full-service medical center. With 72 specialties, the hospital is able to provide the quality of care often found only in larger cities. Nearly 2000 health care professionals give patients personalized care using the most up-to-date technologies and procedures.
In 2008, Poudre Valley Health System received the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. The Malcolm Baldridge award continues to drive improvement at PVHS, which ultimately leads to better patient care. PVHS was the only healthcare organization to receive this award. For more information on Poudre Valley Health System, please click here.
Columbine Health Systems is a locally owned and operated healthcare network that has been providing services since 1971 that focus on addressing the comfort and safety of seniors. Services include skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities as well as independent and assisted living options.
Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital provides comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation services to patients with functional deficits resulting from injury or illness. The Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital provides advanced long-term acute care, including high observation/critical care, for patients who require time to heal from catastrophic injury or illness.
Cultural events and festivals abound in Fort Collins. Local performing groups include Canyon Concert Ballet, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the OpenStage Theatre Company, and the Bas Bleu Theatre Company. In 2011, The Lincoln Center will unveil its first expansion/renovation, providing residents with a first-class performing arts center.
The Historic Old Town District is home to numerous events, including the annual New West Fest in August, Saint Paddy's Day parade and the Concert Under the Stars summer series. For a community calendar, please click here.
Seniors will find excellent amenities designed to suit their specific needs in Fort Collins. Housing choices are numerous and a variety of programs offer employment, volunteer and educational opportunities. The City of Fort Collins runs numerous activities through its Senior Center. Programs include arts and crafts, fitness, computer training and outdoor recreation. Day trips to popular destinations in Northern Colorado are also done through the Center.
A variety of choices make Fort Collins a great place to shop.
The Foothills Mall, offers residents a large variety of local stores and nationwide retailers, including Sears and Macy's, as well as a variety of smaller shops.
Historic Old Town, boasts local specialty stores and restaurants in an outdoor pedestrian mall.
Front Range Village, Fort Collins newest outdoor mall is located on the southern edge of Fort Collins and is home to SuperTarget, Lowe's, Babies & Toys R Us, and several smaller retailers. Front Range Village also includes the Council Tree Library.
For a complete list of retailers, please visit our membership directory.
With more restaurants per capita than most cities in the nation, Fort Collins offers a great selection of places to satisfy your appetite. From spicy Mexican to delicious Italian and exotic Vietnamese, you can try a different cuisine every day. And don't forget to try a great hamburger and beer from one of the local microbreweries. Fort Collins is home to Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins Brewery and New Belgium Brewing Company as well as many others. Fort Collins' local restaurants, combined with nationwide chains, provide endless choices of different styles of food to satisfy everyone's cravings.
Quality of Life:
Click here for a living report on the quality of life in Larimer County. The Compass site pulls together data from various sources that indicate our community's social, economic, and environmental health.