• Population: 128,000
  • Cost of Living: 103- slightly higher than the national average of 100.
  • Rain: 15 inches
  • Snow: 50 inches
  • January High: 41 – January Low: 12
  • July High: 86 – July Low: 54


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Fort Collins is located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in northeastern Colorado, about 65 miles north of Denver, on the Cache La Poudre River. It offers a small town feeling with the big city attributes that baby boomers crave. It also fits the bill if you are looking for a college town. Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, and its more than 20,000 students bring vitality to this community that’s located 5000 feet above sea level.

Fort Collins has been recognized as a great place to live, work and play. A &E television rated Fort Collins one of the “10 best Cities to Have It All,”  Money Magazine ranked it, “one of the top ten best places to retire,” MSN.com rated Fort Collins as one of the “Top Five Places to Retire,” and Loveland/Fort Collins is the number one, “Best Place to Reinvent Your Life,” according to AARP magazine.

A proud tribute is being ranked number one in Money magazines “2006 Best Places to live.”

Major employers include names such as Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Anheuser Bush, and Waterpik Technologies.

With 300 days of sunshine, low humidity and outdoor activities that include hiking and biking on 22 miles of trail and resort skiing (a 2 to 4 hour drive ), this Colorado town is enticing. If sports are your passion, take a short drive to Denver and watch the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies or Denver Nuggets.

Poudre Canyon is a great spot for whitewater rafting, kayaking, camping, fishing and hiking. Visit Rocky Mountain National Park and view elk, mule deer, black bear, and more, or enjoy mountain hiking. The popular ski resorts are Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Keystone are just a few hours away.

Indoors, there are many local groups to inspire your more artistic side. Canyon Concert Ballet offers dance training and performance, and the Fort Collins Children’s Theatre stages live plays using local actors and actresses. There are several art galleries and the Lincoln Center has programs that include professional theater, dance, and children’s programs.

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Education

CSU is a land grant institution with more than 20,000full time students and its waiting for you to enroll. Mature students pay reduced tuition. Front Range Community College offers classes in more than 100 subjects as well as a hot of continuing education classes.

Health

The Poudre Valley Hospital (280 beds) provides medical care and serves as the regional trauma center with about 40 specialties, PVH provides excellent health care.

Housing

Water Valley (http://www.watervalley.com or 970-686-5828). The community is situated on a golf course and surrounded by 5 scenic lakes. Condos are priced starting in the mid $100,000’s. Morningside Village (http://www.chateaudevelopment.com or 970-223-2200) is located 12 minutes from downtown Fort Collins and has a community pool with expansive parks and walking paths. The Cottage Series is priced from the $200,000’s and the Verandas is the newest phase, priced from the $190,000’s. Centex (http://www.centex.com or 970-484-8182) offers BrightWater Landing in Fort Collins with low maintenance homes prices from $165,000 to $220,000.