Life in Fort Collins

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Fort Collins, Colorado – “#1 Best Place to Live”

The snow-capped Rockies, visible from campus, provide inspiration and the best possible location for a university. Our campus is in the center of Fort Collins, Colorado, just at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills. The wide-open spaces and majestic Rockies make Fort Collins an attractive place to live and learn. This ideal location provides easy access to the mountains and all they have to offer. From camping, hiking, snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing to rafting, fishing, or water skiing, you’ll find it all within a short drive from town. And with the city’s agreeable climate of 300 days of sunshine a year, you’re able to take year-round advantage of the spectacular surroundings.

Fort Collins, a city of about 120,000, provides a unique blend of big city advantages and small town friendliness. You’ll find everything you’d want – several shopping malls, hundreds of restaurants, six movie complexes, a regional cultural center, natural areas, and miles of bike trails – right here in town.

Did you know:

  • Fort Collins was named Money Magazine’s “#1 Best Place to Live” in 2006! “Great schools, low crime, good jobs in a high-tech economy and a fantastic outdoor life make Fort Collins No. 1.” Criteria for making the Top 10 list included indicators of standard-of-living, safety and healthcare, educational standards, and general lifestyle. Items assessed included incomes, house prices, taxes, and commute distances.
  • Fort Collins was rated as one of the top 10 “Best Places to Raise Your Family…” Frommer’s 2006 Travel Guides.
  • The June 2006 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine lists the results of a study aimed at determining America’s 50 most fiscally sensible cities in which to live. Fort Collins is the only Colorado city to appear on the list of 50 smart cities.
  • In August 2005, Outside Magazine ranked Fort Collins as one of “The New American Dream Towns.”
    A&E Television featured Fort Collins as one of America’s ten most livable cities. The Arts & Entertainment Television Network chose Fort Collins for its combination of friendliness, natural beauty, outdoor activity, low crime, thriving economy, and historic charm.
  • Fort Collins was one of four cities recommended as “The Best Places to be Young” by Your Future magazine (1995). Criteria used in selection included high job growth, low unemployment, good weather, affordable housing, and “stunning natural environment.”

Easily accessible by car, bus, or air, Fort Collins is located 65 miles north of Denver, Colorado’s capital. An hourly shuttle service provides convenient and economical transportation to and from Denver International Airport.

Within the city, the TransFort bus system offers free transportation for full-time Colorado State students. Fort Collins also has more than 53 miles of well-maintained bike trails and lanes, making bike riding a popular form of transportation.

Visitor Information

  • Information for visitors – How to get here and where to park.
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau – Guide to lodging, dining, recreation, shopping, and more. Located at 420 South Howes St., Fort Collins, CO 80521; (970) 482-5821.
  • City of Fort Collins – The city website has general information about the city, services, recreation, education, and more.
  • Larimer County – The county website has general information about the county, services, recreation, education, and more.
  • – A commercial network with information on lodging, travel, employment and other commercial services.
  • Maps – Maps of our campus and Fort Collins.
  • State of Colorado – The state website covers state government, tourism and recreation, communities, history, business, and more about colorful Colorado.