Find out makes Ft. Collins such a great place to live.
Home to Colorado State University, Ft. Collins is a picturesque mid-sized city in Northern Colorado. According to the Coloradoan, Ft. Collins-Loveland was ranked 12th among the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation. The scenery in both the natural environment and the economic environment are among the features that draw new residents. Forbes ranks this diverse city #10 on the list "Best Places for Business and Careers".
Ft. Collins boasts a wide array of micro-breweries and a quaint downtown, creating a unique college town vibe. Interestingly, when Walt Disney visited, he was so impressed with the downtown area, that he based part of Disney World's Main Street USA on what he saw during his visit.
The tech industry has grown exponentially in Northern Colorado in recent years. Hewlett-Packard and Intel are among the well known companies located here, but the area is also a prime location for start up companies in various technological fields, thanks to the proximity to CSU and the university's research facilities. Job growth is on the rise and unemployment is less than the national average at 3.3% in 2014.
Another fantastic draw for future residents is the mild climate and the endless outdoor activities. The city is framed by the incredible Horsetooth Mountain, where a hike to the top is attainable for most skill levels. Over 25 miles of bike trails wind through the town, allowing residents to lessen their carbon footprint by cycling virtually anywhere. Horsetooth Reservoir offers a lovely place for kayaking and rafting. Beautiful parks and the natural setting have earned Ft. Collins the title of Tree City, USA from the Arbor Day Foundation.
With it's many ammenities, job opportunities and unique community, it is no wonder that Ft. Collins is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the nation.