Fort Collins, Colorado

Community_FortCollinsWelcome to the “Choice City”! Nestled beside the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and home to Colorado State University, Fort Collins has something to offer everyone.

Residents here enjoy the best of the outdoors and city living. From town you have easy access to camping, hiking, snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing to rafting, fishing, or water skiing. In addition, the city has several shopping malls, hundreds of restaurants, six movie complexes, a regional cultural center, and several arts and entertainment venues. Best of all, over 300 days of sunshine allow residents to enjoy the best of Fort Collins year-round.

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

Community Website:
County: Larimer
Elevation: 5160.0 ft
Square Miles (land): 56.78 square miles (2015)
Population: 158,600 (2015)
Male Population (%): 49.9
Female Population (%): 50.1
Median Household Income: $76,341 (American Community Survey, 2008-12)
Founded: Founded as a military fort in 1864, incorporated as a town in 1873.

* Data pulled from U.S. Census unless otherwise indicated.

Location, Location, Location

Relatively Speaking
City Miles Minutes
Loveland 8 10
Greeley 29 35
Estes Park 42 60
Windsor 10 15
Boulder 46 60
Metro Denver 62 75
Cheyenne, WY 45 60
Wellington 10 15
Denver Int’l Airport 75 90

* Nearby Airports: The Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport is jointly owned by the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland. The Denver International Airport is located just 75 miles south.

Employment Resources

Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
Larimer County Workforce Center
Northern Colorado Economic Alliance


K-12: Poudre School District
Higher Education: Colorado State University
Community College: Front Range Community College


Fort Collins, CO Weather Facts

  • Average Days of Sun: 300 days
  • The average warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 105°F in 2005.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -31°F in 1990.
  • The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.