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Overview

Introduction to Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins is a Colorado city nestled along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, about 64 miles north of the state capital of Denver and 55 miles northeast of the city of Boulder. The city is the county seat of Larimer County. Located at the junction of Colorado State Highway 14 and U.S. Route 287, Fort Collins affords easy access to Interstate I-25 and is also close to U.S. Route 34. One of Colorado's most populous cities, Fort Collins is also a large college town and home to Colorado State University (CSU).

As its name suggests, Fort Collins began as an army post whose original name was "Camp Collins" in honor of Lt. Col. William O. Collins, the commander of Ohio Cavalry troops headquartered at Fort Laramie. A devastating flood virtually destroyed the original army post in 1864 and the present location of the city was chosen as the site of the new military reservation. The new post became known as Fort Collins, and although the fort was decommissioned in 1867, a new town soon emerged. The town of Fort Collins was officially incorporated in 1873 and another significant milestone was achieved six years later with the opening of Colorado Agricultural College, which would later become Colorado State University. Originally founded as Colorado's only land grant institution, CSU has today become a focal point of Fort Collins' culture and recreation, in addition to the city's largest employer.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Events and festivals are abundant in Fort Collins. The Historic Old Town District is the host site of the annual New West Fest, held every August, and also June's Colorado Brewer's Festival which draws tens of thousands annually and features beers from dozens of Colorado brewers. The city has a vibrant performing arts scene, with local groups including the Canyon Concert Ballet, the OpenStage Theatre Company, and the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. A prominent cultural arts site is the Lincoln Center, one of the state's largest venues for professional theatre, music, dance, and visual arts. Other cultural sites in the city include the Fort Collins Museum, founded in 1941; and the Sweatsville Zoo, a sculpture park whose numerous exhibits are made entirely from scrap metal.

The cities of Denver and Boulder are less than an hour away from Fort Collins. Some of the attractions that can be found in these cities include the following:

  • Denver Zoo
  • Colorado Academy of Art
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Boulder History Museum
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Aquarium
  • Chautauqua Park and Theatre (Boulder)
  • Flagstaff Mountain and Summit Nature Center

Fort Collins boasts a lively sports scene, thanks to the presence of Colorado State University and its first-rate athletic teams. Originally nicknamed the Aggies, CSU's athletic teams are presently called the Rams and compete as NCAA Division I teams (I-A for football) in the Mountain West Conference. Rams football teams have won several conference championships and CSU teams have been highly competitive in other sports as well, including lacrosse, hockey, archery, and polo.

Professional sports can be found in the Denver metropolitan area, home of MLB's Colorado Rockies, the NFL's Denver Broncos, the NBA's Denver Nuggets, and the NHL's Colorado Avalanche. Other pro teams in Denver are soccer's Colorado Rapids (MLS), arena football's Colorado Crush (AFL), and lacrosse's Colorado Mammoth (NLL).

Demographics

People

Total Population159,150
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens10.1%
Employed Population 16+85,259
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married41.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher53.6%
Median Earnings25+$39,969
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,761
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,041

Wealth

Median Family Income$85,464
% Above Poverty Level83%
% Below Poverty Level17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.9%
% Using Public Transportation2%

Housing

People Living Alone25%
Median Gross Rent$1,191
Median House Value$308,800

Ancestry

German24.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.8%
Irish13.5%
English11.3%
Italian6.1%
French Except Basque3.5%
Swedish3.3%
Norwegian3.2%
Polish3.2%
Scottish2.8%
Dutch1.9%
Russian1.2%
Czech1.1%
Welsh1%
Arab0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Swiss0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Greek0.4%
African0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
West Indian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Australian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Fort Collins Almanac

CategoryValue
County Larimer County
Standard Zip Codes80521, 80525, 80526, 80528, 80524
P.O. Box Zip Codes80522, 80527
Company Zip Codes80523, 80553
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude40.55
Approximate Longitude-105.06

Fort Collins Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationFORT COLLINS
Distance0.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 42 F
Apr Temp34 to 61 F
Jul Temp57 to 86 F
Oct Temp35 to 64 F
Annual Precip15.8 inches
StationWATERDALE
Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp14 to 42 F
Apr Temp32 to 61 F
Jul Temp54 to 87 F
Oct Temp34 to 65 F
Annual Precip17 inches
StationESTES PARK
Distance25.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp27 to 53 F
Jul Temp47 to 79 F
Oct Temp31 to 59 F
Annual Precip13.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Loveland74,125$75,398
Nunn605$61,250
Severance3,816$98,009
Timnath2,422$125,625
Wellington7,941$85,078
Windsor23,386$103,130

Fort Collins Public Libraries

Poudre River Public Library District
301 E OLIVE STREET
Fort Collins, Colorado
(970) 221-6740

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Fort Collins Hospitals

Poudre Valley Hospital
(Non-profit)
1024 S Lemay Ave
(970) 495-7000

Fort Collins Public Schools

Bennett Elementary School
1125 Bennett Road
ZIP: 80521
Primary
Total Enrollment 509
Dunn Elementary School
501 South Washington
ZIP: 80521
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Irish Elementary School
515 Irish Drive
ZIP: 80521
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
Lab Elementary School For Creative Learning
1905 Orchard Place
ZIP: 80521
Primary
Total Enrollment 103
Lincoln Middle School
1600 West Lancer Drive
ZIP: 80521
Middle
Total Enrollment 504
Polaris Expeditionary Learning School
1905 Orchard Place
ZIP: 80521
Other
Total Enrollment 295
Poudre Community Academy
2540 Laporte Avenue
ZIP: 80521
High
Total Enrollment 77
Poudre High School
201 Impala Drive
ZIP: 80521
High
Total Enrollment 1744
Psd Global Academy
703 East Prospect
ZIP: 80521
Other
Total Enrollment 158
Putnam Elementary School
1400 Maple Street
ZIP: 80521
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Centennial High School
330 East Laurel Street
ZIP: 80524
High
Total Enrollment 136
Colorado Early College Fort Collins
4800 Wheaton Dr
ZIP: 80524
High
Total Enrollment 508
Harris Bilingual Elementary School
501 East Elizabeth
ZIP: 80524
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Laurel Elementary School
1000 East Locust Street
ZIP: 80524
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Lesher Middle School
1400 Stover
ZIP: 80524
Middle
Total Enrollment 766
Tavelli Elementary School
1118 Miramount Drive
ZIP: 80524
Primary
Total Enrollment 614
Boltz Middle School
720 Boltz Drive
ZIP: 80525
Middle
Total Enrollment 623
Coyote Ridge Elementary School
7115 Avondale Road
ZIP: 80525
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
Fort Collins High School
3400 Lambkin Way
ZIP: 80525
High
Total Enrollment 1609
Kruse Elementary School
4400 Mcmurry Avenue
ZIP: 80525
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
Liberty Common Charter School
1725 Sharpe Point Drive
ZIP: 80525
Other
Total Enrollment 1074
Linton Elementary School
4100 Caribou Drive
ZIP: 80525
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Mountain Sage Community School
2310 East Prospect Road
ZIP: 80525
Primary
Total Enrollment 203
O'dea Elementary School
312 Princeton Road
ZIP: 80525
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Psd Options School
703 East Prospect Road
ZIP: 80525
Other
Total Enrollment 148
Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools
1800 South Lemay Avenue
ZIP: 80525
Other
Total Enrollment 795
Riffenburgh Elementary School
1320 East Stuart
ZIP: 80525
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Shepardson Elementary School
1501 Springwood Drive
ZIP: 80525
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Werner Elementary School
5400 Mail Creek Lane
ZIP: 80525
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
Bauder Elementary School
2345 West Prospect
ZIP: 80526
Primary
Total Enrollment 579
Beattie Elementary School
3000 Meadowlark
ZIP: 80526
Primary
Total Enrollment 307
Blevins Middle School
2101 South Taft Hill Road
ZIP: 80526
Middle
Total Enrollment 557
Fort Collins Montessori School
1900 South Taft Hill Road
ZIP: 80526
Primary
Total Enrollment 63
Johnson Elementary School
4101 Seneca Street
ZIP: 80526
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Lopez Elementary School
637 Wabash
ZIP: 80526
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Mcgraw Elementary School
4800 Hinsdale
ZIP: 80526
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Olander Elementary School
3401 Auntie Stone Street
ZIP: 80526
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Rocky Mountain High School
1300 West Swallow Road
ZIP: 80526
High
Total Enrollment 1992
Webber Middle School
4201 Seneca Street
ZIP: 80526
Middle
Total Enrollment 805
Bacon Elementary School
5844 South Timberline Road
ZIP: 80528
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Fossil Ridge High School
5400 Ziegler Road
ZIP: 80528
High
Total Enrollment 1940
Global Village Academy - Fort Collins
8005 Highland Meadows Parkway
ZIP: 80528
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
3002 East Trilby Road
ZIP: 80528
Middle
Total Enrollment 807
Preston Middle School
4901 Corbett Drive
ZIP: 80528
Middle
Total Enrollment 1113
Traut Core Elementary School
2515 Timberwood Drive
ZIP: 80528
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Zach Elementary School
3715 Kechter Road
ZIP: 80528
Primary
Total Enrollment 666

Fort Collins Private Schools

Beebe Christian School
821 W Lake St
ZIP: 80521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
Cornerstone Christian School
821 W Lake St
ZIP: 80521
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
Oakwood School
1401 W Mountain Ave
ZIP: 80521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 33
St Joseph Catholic School
127 N Howes St
ZIP: 80521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 215
Heritage Christian Academy
2506 Zurich Dr
ZIP: 80524
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 233
Discovery Montessori
225 E Skyway Dr
ZIP: 80525
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 15
Front Range Baptist Academy
625 E Harmony Rd
ZIP: 80525
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 107
Hearts In Hand Child Development Center
2464 Marquette St
ZIP: 80525
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Kindercare Learning Center
3506 Lochwood Dr
ZIP: 80525
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Kindercare Learning Center #1650
4703 Mcmurry Ave
ZIP: 80525
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Little People's Landing
6606 Avondale Rd
ZIP: 80525
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Rivendell School Of Northern Colorado
1800 E Prospect Rd
ZIP: 80525
Elementary
Total Enrollment 104
Spring Creek School
1900 Remington St
ZIP: 80525
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
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