Thinking of retiring or moving to Northern Colorado? As a relocation specialist for over 20 years in Colorado, I look forward to assisting you with your move to Fort Collins, Loveland, Timnath, Windsor or Boulder. Below I have added some chamber of commerce DATA on 3 Northern Colorado cities for your interests. Please contact me anytime for more information. Mitch Weiner 970.218.8300
Set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains 65 miles north of Denver and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Fort Collins is a vibrant and active community. As a regional center for employment, shopping, and healthcare, Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with virtually all the amenities of a larger city.
Fort Collins is the fourth largest city in the State of Colorado, with an estimated population of 158,600, including 31,725 students at Colorado State University. Fort Collins’ population is well-educated, with 44% of residents having a high school degree and 52.3% of them holding a bachelor’s degree.
At 5,003 ft. above sea level and an average of 300 sun-filled days per year, low humidity, and moderate winters, Fort Collins enjoys a mild climate year-round. The area receives approximately 16 inches of rain and 59 inches of snow per year. The average high temperatures are 83.5 degrees during the summer and 44.0 degrees in winter..
Fort Collins began as an army camp along the banks of the Poudre River. In 1867, the camp was dismantled, and the army moved out of the area. Although the military was gone, a settlement remained. In 1873, the city of Fort Collins was founded. Over the years, Fort Collins has grown and changed, but you can still see reminders of the past in the Historic Old Town District and many other sites around the area. Colorado State University’s began in the 1870’s, when the institution was founded as the Agricultural College of Colorado. For more information on local history, see the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery local historical archives.
Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents the very best of Colorado. Exciting recreation and sports activities, festivals, cultural activities, high-quality healthcare and great senior accommodations make Fort Collins a choice place to live.
From activities for the extreme athlete to the leisurely weekend enthusiast, Fort Collins has it all. In town, residents take advantage of 820 acres of developed park land, including 6 community parks and 44 neighborhood/pocket parks, golf, swimming and ice skating facilities, as well as 29 miles of trails offering scenic views of the Poudre River and the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
With more restaurants per capita than most cities in the nation, Fort Collins offers a great selection of places to satisfy your appetite. From spicy Mexican to delicious Italian and exotic Vietnamese, you can try a different cuisine every day.
If you want to escape the city limits, your favorite ski resorts and cross-country trails are in your backyard and summertime offers opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping and more. Trout fishing and whitewater rafting are popular activities on the nearby Cache la Poudre River.
There is no better place than Fort Collins for spectator sports. Colorado State University fans delight in watching the popular Rams football, basketball and volleyball teams. A short drive to Denver puts you in the seats of a Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies or Denver Nuggets game. The annual Greeley Stampede in Greeley and the nationally-acclaimed Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming are popular summer day trips.
Seniors will find excellent amenities designed to suit their specific needs in Fort Collins. Housing choices are numerous and a variety of programs offer employment, volunteer and educational opportunities. The City of Fort Collins runs numerous activities through its Senior Center. Programs include arts and crafts, fitness, computer training and outdoor recreation. Day trips to popular destinations in Northern Colorado are also done through the Center.
A variety of choices make Fort Collins a great place to shop.
- Foothills Mall
- Historic Old Town
- Front Range Village
Fort Collins Facts
- Fort Collins was founded as a military fort in 1864 and referred to as “Camp Collins.” The post was given the name in honor of Lt. Col. William 0. Collins, the popular commander of Ohio Cavalry troops whose headquarters were at Fort Laramie. Fort Collins was incorporated as a town in 1873.
- Fort Collins is a home rule city with a Council/Manager form of government. The Council is made up of six district council members who are elected on a non-partisan basis for a four-year term and a Mayor who is elected at-large on a non-partisan basis for a two-year term.
- This rapidly urbanizing community operates under a sophisticated and comprehensive development plan and is a full-service city.
- Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and an outstanding public school system.
- Fort Collins is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River.
- The city lies approximately 5,000 feet above sea level.
- Residents enjoy a moderate, four season climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine and 14.5 inches of precipitation a year.
- July is the average warmest month (Avg. High 86°F – Avg. Low 57°F)
- January is the average coolest month (Avg. High 42°F – Avg. Low 14°F)
- Fort Collins’ unemployment rate is 3.1 percent (December 2014, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- The City/State/County has a combined sales tax rate of 7.4 percent on general merchandise.
- The City’s property tax rate is 9.797 mills.
- The City’s biennial budget was accepted in November 2014.
General Population Characteristics
- Fort Collins encompasses 56.78 square miles (2015) of area and has a total of 615 street miles (2015).
- The current estimated number of housing units in Fort Collins is 65,518 (2015).
- Fort Collins has a population of 158,600 (2015).
- Median age is 29.3 years old.
- Median household income is $53,359 (American Community Survey, 2008-2012).
- Median family income is $76,341 (American Community Survey, 2008-2012).
- Approximately 52.3% of the population has completed four or more years of college (American Community Survey, 2008-2012).
Services And Amenities
- The City maintains more than 600 acres of parks, 40,000 acres of natural areas, 20 miles of off-street hike/ bike trails, three golf courses, a racquet center, three swimming pools, an ice rink and a community center.
- Fort Collins supports multiple transportation options including MAX Bus Rapid Transit, numerous bus routes including CSU and FLEX, and 200 miles of on-street bike lanes and off-street trails for pedestrians and bicycles.
- The Lincoln Center is the City’s cultural arts center. Activities include professional theatre, dance, music, visual arts and children’s programs.
- The Fort Collins Senior Center includes a pool, spa, gymnasium, track, billiards, crafts and a community media center/library.
- The community library system (www.poudrelibraries.org) includes the Old Town Library, Council Tree Library and the Harmony Library, a join-use facility shared with Front Range Community College. The public libraries provide youth programs, computer labs and resources and information for Spanish-speaking citizens.
- The Fort Collins Museum of Discoverydisplays the history of Fort Collins and Larimer County from prehistoric times to present day.
- Fort Collins provides electric and water utilitiesto residents, with rates among the lowest in the state and nation. Fort Collins Utilities was also first in Colorado and among the first in the country to offer green energy to its customers. Fort Collins continually meets or surpasses all state and federal water quality standards.
- The Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport is jointly owned by the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland. With over 1,100 acres and roughly 300 aircraft, the airport serves the private a corporate aviation needs of the Northern Front Range, as well as charter flights and flights for area collegiate football teams.
There is plenty of biking in Fort Collins, whether you want to cruise around town, go up into the mountains or bike down the Front Range. Below are some biking resources.
- Fort Collins Bike Library: The library is a free service for residents or visitors to Fort Collins. Members of the library can borrow bikes for as little as one hour or up to seven days.
- Fort Collins Bike CO-OP: The Fort Collins Bike Co-op is a community bike shop that teaches bicycle maintenance and repair as well as refurbishing and recycling old bikes.
- Fort Collins Bike Map: Check out the city’s comprehensive bike map.
Below are resources you can use to find the perfect camping spot, whether it is up the Poudre Canyon or in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.
- US Forest Service, 2150 Centre Ave., Bldg E, Fort Collins CO 80526, (970) 295-6700
Fort Collins is home to several dog parks for our four-legged friends. Many dog parks include fenced in areas for dogs to run off leash, drinking water and shelters, smaller fenced off areas for shy dogs. For more information and rules regarding the dog parks, please visit the Fort Collins City Web site.
There are roughly 29 miles of hiking trails in and around Fort Collins. Additionally a wide variety of easy to extremely strenuous hikes can be experienced in the Poudre Canyon, Big Thompson Canyon, nearby Rocky Mountain National Park and other places throughout Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. Below are a list of hiking resources available.
- City of Fort Collins: The city has maps for all of their natural areas that can be picked up at their north Mason location or printed from their website.
- Larimer County: The county’s website has a comprehensive list of all the parks and open lands in the county.
- Lory State Park: Lory State Park is located just Northwest of Fort Collins adjacent to Horsetooth Reservoir and connects with Horsetooth Mountain Park. Lory State Park has plenty of hiking and biking trails.
- U.S. Forest Service : The Forest Service has comprehensive listings of all the hiking trails in the Poudre Canyon as well as both Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests.
Parks and Recreation
The City of Fort Collins has many parks throughout the city, including dog parks for your four-legged friends, an archery range and disc golf courses. For more information on each park or to use the park finder please click here to visit the City’s Web site.
For recreational activities for kids, adults and seniors, check out the online version of the Fort Collins Recreator.
Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking
The Poudre Canyon is Colorado’s only nationally designated “Wild and Scenic” River. Colorado Highway 14, which follows much of the river, is designated a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway between Fort Collins and the town of Walden. This river not only offers a spectacular scenic drive, but also some of the best rafting in the state. Mountain Whitewater Descents offers many rafting packages down the Poudre Canyon.
Fort Collins’ economy has a mix of manufacturing and service-related businesses. Many high-tech companies have relocated to Fort Collins because of the resources of Colorado State University and its research facilities.
Fort Collins is also home to many small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. The Larimer Small Business Development Center helps small businesses in the area get started and become profitable while the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance attracts business while stimulating relevant economic opportunity and job growth for the region. Other factors that attribute to the entrepreneurial climate of Fort Collins are Colorado State University’s College of Business and its Institute for Entrepreneurship Center and the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, helping new clean energy, technology, and scientific startup companies get started.
Major Employers in the Fort Collins area:
- Advanced Energy Industries Inc
- Anheuser Busch
- Banner Health
- Colorado State University
- Columbine Health Systems
- Exodus Moving & Storage
- First National Bank
- FirstBank of Northern Colorado
- Fort Collins Coloradoan
- Hensel Phelps
- Harmony Brokers
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
- Hilton Fort Collins
- Kaiser Permanente
- Meritage Homes
- Platte River Power Authority
- The Neenan Company
- Toll Brothers
- University of Colorado Health
- Water Pik
- Wells Fargo Bank
- Xcel Energy Co.
WELCOME TO LOVELAND COLORADO
Gateway to the Rockies
Welcome to Loveland, Colorado, your gateway to the Rockies and affectionatley known as America’s “Sweetheart City!” Whether you are visiting, relocating, or growing your business, we invite you to experience Loveland as you navigate through the pages of our Web site. To learn a few quick reasons why you’ll love Loveland, click here.
If Loveland is your vacation destination, be sure to peruse our Website to learn about our abundant outdoor recreation opportunities including our three golf courses, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. You will be in awe of our unique public art collection that totals more than 200 pieces, many visible throughout the city. Tour one of our bronze casting foundries that attracts sculptors from around the world.
If you are planning to relocate, click on the “relocate” button on the left to learn about our businesses, schools, health care, churches, economic climate, real estate, government, our many outdoor parks and athletic fields. You will see why we are billed the “Arts & Hearts” capital of Colorado, how Loveland was voted the number one place in the nation to “Revitalize your Life,” by AARP Magazine, and rates among the top eight “Great Art Destinations” in the U.S. by U.S. Art Magazine, and The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.
If you’re interested in becoming an investor of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, check out the valuable benefits we offer and learn why we are dedicated to remaining, “Your Driving Force for Business.”
Loveland, Colorado is a diverse city, in both culture and landscape.
A work of Art
Loveland, Colorado is often referred to as America’s “Sweetheart City” and is located 45 miles north of Denver on the I-25 corridor. Just a short drive west of the city is the Big Thompson Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park. Because of the close proximinty, Loveland is also nationally known for being the “gateway to the Rockies”.
What makes Loveland special is the small-town atmosphere and strong sense of community found nestled in this beautiful city at the hub of Northern Colorado, just waiting to greet you with a warm, heartfelt welcome.
Whether you’re moving here or just visiting – Loveland, Colorado is a great destination!
You can learn more about Loveland by exploring our Relocation and Visiting pages for guides and other useful information. Learn all about what Loveland has to offer on our Loveland Facts page, find out more about Loveland by checking out our History of Loveland page and take a tour of Loveland by visiting the Community, Parks & Destinations page and the Shop, Eat & Explore page.
For the latest praise about Loveland check out the Loveland in the News page. Below are just a few of the things that people are saying:
From arts and hearts, history and beauty, and a warm Colorado welcome, the community of Loveland is the place to be!
Relocating to Loveland
Another beautiful sunrise in Loveland, Colorado!
Loveland is more than a great place to visit – it’s a great place to work and raise a family, but above all, a great place to call home. We’re proud to be able to assist you with your relocation to Loveland. Whether you are looking for more information about Loveland and Northern Colorado or interested in receiving a Loveland Relocation Packet, we are here to help.
Throughout this section, “About Loveland,” of our Web site you’ll find a great deal of information about Loveland and Northern Colorado, plus links to other resources.
Learn all about what Loveland has to offer on our Loveland Facts page, find out more about Loveland by checking out our History of Loveland page and take a tour of Loveland by visiting the “Community, Parks & Destinations” and the “Shop, Eat & Explore” page”. And if you are looking for just a few quick reasons to call Loveland home then visit our “Why You Will Love Loveland!” page.
Relocation Packages & Helpful Resources
If you would like to obtain a hardcopy of the Loveland Relocation Package (for the nominal fee of $10), please call 970-667-6311 to order your customized packet! If you would like information or links to other helpful resources, please click here. And of course, you can always contact the Loveland Chamber for further assistance.
Loveland Facts & History
Loveland is nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 46 miles north of Denver on the I-25 Corridor. Its population of 67,006 makes it the second most populous city in Larimer County and the 14th most populous in Colorado. Loveland is a Home Rule Municipality offering the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.
With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Loveland experiences pleasant weather year-round. There is always something happening in this community; from musical concerts, art shows, and theater productions to professional hockey games, community celebrations and a multitude of conventions. Loveland offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities enjoyable for every season.
To learn about the history of Loveland, click here
For a Timeline of Loveland’s history, click here
- Population: 67,006 (2009 estimate by State Demographer’s office)
- Median age: 35.3
- Families represent 71.1% of the population
- Median household income: $52,281
- Median home sale price: $224,565
- Square miles of area: 30.82
- Miles of street: 250
- Elevation: 4,982
WELCOME TO BOULDER COLORADO!
Cresting the hill on Highway 36 into Boulder and gazing down at the red rooftops of the University of Colorado, the dramatic sandstone slabs of the Flatirons and the snow-capped peaks beyond, it’s easy to see why this intriguing town has been dubbed “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.”
At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space roll into Boulder’s quaint cityscape, tucked into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Come explore pine-scented trails, taste the flavors of “America’s Foodiest Town,” tour 20 craft breweries, stroll historic Pearl Street and soak up this creative community’s laid-back lifestyle.