Fort Collins, CO is regularly listed as one of the top 10 places to live in the U.S. Home to Colorado State University, many restaurants, tons of open space and parks, as well as multiple micro-breweries, Fort Collins has a diverse population and something to fit everyone.
Fort Collins encompasses 55.58 square miles (2009) of area and has a total of 492 street miles (2006).
The current estimated number of housing units in Fort Collins as of July, 2010 (2010 Census) is 60,503.
Fort Collins has a population of 143,986 (2010 Census).
The average annual population growth rate is 1.9 percent (2010 Census).
Median age is 27.9 years old (US Census 2009).
Median household income is $77,700 (February 2012, US Department of Housing and Urban Development).
Approximately 49.4% of the population has completed four or more years of college (2009).
As Fort Collins has grown in size, it hasn't lost it's "hometown" feel. With many vibrant communities and neighborhoods, there are few places that feel like "big city" living. However, Fort Collins has many shopping areas, community and art centers, various entertainment sources AND is just an hours drive from Denver where you can find professional sports teams, state buildings, and almost anything else to fit your hearts desires. With the Rocky Mountains towering over the west side of the city, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing in Rocky Mountain National Park, rafting on the Poudre River, and boating on Horsetooth Resevior are right outside your door during warmer months (remember Colorado is known for having over 300 days of sun a year). In the winter, the ski slopes are just a short drive from home!
*Stats provided by the City of Fort Collins (http://www.fcgov.com/)
Colorado is located in the West Central United States and is one of the Rocky Mt. states. It is bordered by Wyoming, Nebraska Kansas , Oklahoma and New Mexico, and Utah.
Area, 104,247 sq mi (270,000 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 4,301,261, a 30.6% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital and largest city, Denver.
Nickname, Centennial State.
Motto, Nil Sine Numine [Nothing without Providence].
State bird, lark bunting.
State flower, Rocky Mountain columbine.
State tree, Colorado blue spruce.
One of the most scenic states in the country, Colorado has recreational parks including Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park with its narrow gorge cut by the Gunnison River, Dinosaur National Monument in NW Colorado, and Great Sand Dunes National Monument in S central Colorado. Mesa Verde National Park and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, once home to the Anasazi cliff dwellers, are in the southwestern corner of the state, a beautiful but formidable area of mesas and canyons.
Agriculture, especially the raising of cattle and sheep and production of dairy goods, is economically important in the state. Crops include wheat, hay, corn, and sugar beets. Since the 1950s manufacturing has been the major source of income in the state. Food processing is a major industry; others include the manufacture of computer equipment, aerospace products, transportation equipment, and electrical equipment; printing and publishing; and the production of fabricated metals, chemicals, and lumber. Federal facilities including army and air force bases, prisons, and the Denver Mint, as well as regional offices, contribute greatly to the economy. A new $4 billion international airport opened near Denver in Feb., 1995.
Tourism plays a vital role in Colorado's economy. The state's climate, scenery, historical sites, and extensive recreational facilities bring millions of visitors annually. Numerous resorts in towns such as Vail and Aspen attract visitors year-round as well as during ski season. Besides fine hunting, fishing, and skiing there are many special events held in the state, including arts festivals, rodeos, and fairs.
*Information from Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition