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More than a great location

The convenience and intimacy of a small town. The amenities and accessibility of a large city. Culture, sports, a top-rated University and it’s all next to the greatest skiing in the world. It’s no wonder Money Magazine rated Fort Collins the #1 Best Place to Live in America.


Local population of 151,000 (2013 City Estimate) plus 90,000 college students within a 45-mile radius

Annual population growth is 1.6 percent (2013 City Estimate)

Median family income $74,300 (American Community Survey 2007-2011 Average); $85,500 within 1-mile radius of site

65 miles north of Denver (metropolitan population of around 2.5 million)


Named 5th Most Educated City in the country based on education levels of our adult population: Portfolio.com - December 2010

Rated the 7th Smartest Community in the United States by Forbes

Home to Colorado State University with University of Northern Colorado at Greeley and University of Colorado at Boulder nearby

Poudre School District: a high-achieving district providing choice, character, and academic excellence


One of the Top 10 Best American cities to invest your real estate dollars in 2011: Trulia.com - December 2010

Ranked 3rd, Best-Performing Cities 2011, Where America's Jobs are Created and Sustained:: Milken Institute - December 2011

Ranked 5th Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes - June 2011

Top Colorado City for Job Growth, Fort Collins-Loveland: 2011 Best Cities for Job Growth, newgeography.com - May 2011

Fourth Best State for Business, Colorado: Forbes magazine - October 2010

Highly skilled, technology based labor force due to proximity to a large number of higher education institutions

Major employers include Hewlett-Packard, Poudre Valley Health System, Intel, Agilent Technologies, Colorado State University, Anheuser-Busch, Advanced Energy, LSI and Woodward Governor

Regarded as the retail center for Northern Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Western Nebraska


One of the Top Ten Places to Retire in the Nation: Charles Schwab's On Investing - Spring 2011

6th Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine - July 2010

One of America's 20 Most Economically Vibrant College Towns: TheAtlanticCities.com - September 2011

One of the Most Underrated Cities in the West: Life.com - June 2010

Average of 300 days of sunshine per year (85 degrees in the summer, 42 degrees in the winter)

Voted in the Top 10 Towns for Recreational Living in Outside Magazine

Nearly 2,000 health care professionals give patients personalized care using the most up-to-date technologies and procedures

Ranked as the 16th hottest housing market in the United States

Voted in the top 10 cities of “Where to Buy Now” – Business 2.0, 2006

A great place to dine, and with so many breweries, Fort Collins is known as the Napa Valley of Beer

Nationally acclaimed music, theater, opera and museums

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