Fort Collins is consistently recognized by publications like Money, Outside, and Fortune as a great place to live, work, and play. People love “The Choice City” because of our great weather; friendly residents; close proximity to Denver and DIA; and laid-back, youthful, college-town vibe. At 155,000 people, Fort Collins is a big enough to be sophisticated, and small enough to have a strong sense of community.
Our economy is strong and includes high-tech, manufacturing, health care, education, agriculture, tourism, and recreation. We are home to Colorado State University and the Larimer County seat. Fort Collins is one of the best cities for entrepreneurs and established businesses. Looking for a job? Our unemployment rate is always among the lowest in Colorado.
Situated next to the foothills, with elevation of 5,003 feet, Fort Collins is an outdoor lover’s paradise. We enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine per year; have 600 acres of local parks; 40,000 acres of natural areas; 20 miles of off-street hike/ bike trails; and three public golf courses. A short drive to Rocky Mountain National Park provides opportunities to experience unspoiled nature.
Whether it’s our people, climate, amenities or location, there are many reasons to love Fort Collins. To find out more, click on a topic (below), or here to see them all.
- Old Town
- Colorado State University
- Fort Foodie
- Arts and Culture
- Napa Valley of Beer
- Biking Mecca
- Music Scene
- Festivals & Events
- Outdoor Playground
- Outdoor Adventures
- Main Employers
- Housing Market
Fort Collins Happenings:
Old Town is the pride of Fort Collins because it’s our cultural hub, the very soul, of our community. It’s a fun, funky, sophisticated place full of restaurants, shops, offices, public spaces and art. Walk through Old Town, and you’ll feel creative energy, youthful vibrancy, western hospitality, and a passion for excellence. You’ll also sense…
Fort Collins has a very strong housing market. From 2012 to 2013, the number of homes sold increased 17.6%, the average price increased 27.5%, and the total volume of sales increased 24.3%. The hot market was driven by pent up buyer demand, historically low interest rates, and low home prices coming off the housing slump…
Fort Collins has an up-and-coming dining scene. While we’ve always had an unusually large number of restaurants, it could be argued (fairly) that, in the past, our dining was dominated by value-oriented family-style places and college joints. As FoCo has grown, however, so has the variety, quality, and sophistication of our restaurants. The farm-to-table movement…
Colorado State University is an essential element of Fort Collins, an economic engine, our intellectual stimulant, and the driving force behind our identity as a community. It’s impossible to overstate how vital and impactful CSU is to Fort Collins. Many residents say, without CSU, Fort Collins would look like Fort Morgan (a small, sleepy agricultural town…
Fort Collins residents know that arts and culture enrich our lives, and we support the arts as well as any community in America. Lincoln Center – In 1974, Fort Collins residents decided that a performing arts center was important, so we voted to repurpose an Lincoln middle school into the Lincoln Center. It’s been a beloved,…
Fort Collins has a good transportation system for cars, bikes, and buses. Cars/Traffic – Fort Collins has a good road system for cars, maintains roads well, and traffic is generally not bad (rush hours can be congested, however). Long-time residents will say traffic’s getting worse as the city’s population grows, while newcomers usually perceive it’s better…