Fort Collins is the fifth largest city in the State of Colorado with a population of about 140,000. It is located in the North central region of the state situated along the “Rocky Mountain Front Range” nestled against the foothills and alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River, approximately 60 miles North of Denver. Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University with a student population of about 25,000. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort Collins experiences pleasant weather year-round great for out door activities. In addition there is hiking, rafting, year-round tennis, fishing, and camping. With a vibrant economy, thriving real estate market, a multitude of recreational activities and amenities, and a breathtaking natural setting, Fort Collins has all the ingredients for outstanding living and business opportunities, as well as a relaxed and informal lifestyle. Resorts like Keystone, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, and Vail are all within a half-day’s drive or less from Fort Collins.
Fort Collins is a thriving, hometown community with big-city amenities and small-town atmospheres, an educated workforce, vibrant economy and enviable quality of life. The people of Fort Collins are without big city hassles. There are no long commutes, few crowds and minimal crime. Many people who have the ability to choose thier residence anywhere in the US have chosen Fort Collins because of the high quality of life. The city of Fort Collins has been named one of the best places to live in America by a number of national trend sources due to its attractive amenities, good weather, location, and all around liveability. In 2006 alone Fort Collins was ranked Number 1 Best Places to Live in the nation by Money Magazine, 4th among College Towns with Great Golf (Business Week Online/Golf Digest) 9th on Business 2.0 magazine’s list of “Where to Buy Now”, 23rd among 63 Hot Mid-Sized Cities for Entrepreneurs by Entrepeneur magazine, 6th Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes magazine, one of hte 5 0 Best Places to Live by Kiplinger’s magazine, and 6th most Affordable Communities/Best Places to Raise Your Family by Frommer’s. Fort Collins was ranced number 6 by Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live, 2010, which is easy to see when visitng the welcoming and flourishing community.
Fort Collins population is well educated with an average median family income of $54,000. Approximately 48.4 percent of the population has completed 4 or more years of college. The largest employer in Fort Collins is Colorado State University. Other major employers in Fort Collins include Hewlett Packard, Intel, Anheuser-Busch, Poudre Valley Hospital, Poudre School District, and Agilent Technologies.
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