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Fort Collins is a great town & place to raise a family, meet friends, build a career, and enjoy life. Fort Collins is a place to call a home. Outdoor activities, from biking to river rafting, skiing to hiking, are abundant and the climate is dry and pleasant with ample sunshine and cool breezes.
The heart of Fort Collins beats in its quaint downtown shopping district. There you will find art galleries, splendid restaurants, theaters, lively nightspots, and unique boutiques. It's a perfect spot to shop, grab a bite, or just go for a stroll.
Colorado State University is here and with it come thriving cultural and intellectual communities. The Fort Collins Symphony and Canyon Concert Ballet are renowned, as is the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art. There are also several excellent local theater companies.
Fort Collins is known as the "Choice City" an apt name that reflects the many opportunities available here and the tremendous quality of life Fort Collins residents enjoy. Fort Collins is a town that truly has it all.
Population: (as of 2001): 121,797.
Elevation: 5,004 ft.
Climate: Nearly 300 days of sunshine per year and 14.5 inches of precipitation. Summer humidity averages out to around 30%.
Geography: 50 miles north of Denver, 42 miles east of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Religion: There are over 110 churches serving every denomination.
Median family income: $59,332.
Fort Collins is a college town and the home of Colorado State University, which was established in 1870 and boasts an enrollment of 22,000 students. Poudre School District educates over 23,000 students in a given year in its 46 schools. The graduation rate here is a tremendous 94% and the average ACT scores are 23.2, well above the state and national averages. Front Range Community College is also here.
In Fort Collins, there are 40 parks, 56 public and private tennis courts, 6 golf courses (with many more in easy driving distance), and 16 baseball diamonds/football fields. For boaters, there are 3 area lakes that accommodate all kinds of water-craft, including Horsetooth State Park, situated on one of the largest reservoirs and boating centers in the state. But the real outdoor thrills are found just to the west of town in Rocky Mountain National Park, where mountaineers are challenged by at least 60 peaks over 12,000 feet, capped by Longs Peak at 14,255 feet. Over 300 miles of hiking trails, endless fishing streams, placid lakes, and colorful meadows await those who appreciate less strenuous mountain activities.
Fort Collins is also only a few hours drive to the heart of ski country. Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Copper Mountain are all under three hours away, and Aspen and Steamboat are just a little further.
Fans of big time college sports will get their fill, particularly during football season, when the CSU Rams take the field. The Rams have been to three straight bowl games and are competitive in the Mountain West Conference year in and year out. The CSU basketball team is an up-and-coming program and represented their school this year at the NCAA tournament.
The Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, and Colorado Rockies play their home games in Denver, less than an hour drive away!
As a college town, education accounts for a large portion of the employment available in Fort Collins. Technology companies including Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies are among the other large employers in town and Anheuser Busch, Allegheny Teledyne Waterpick, and Eastman Kodak help round out Ft. Collins' diverse business community.