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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 Population157,251
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens9.9%
Employed Population 16+83,192
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married42%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher53.4%
Median Earnings25+$38,442
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,760
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,652

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,237
% Above Poverty Level82.2%
% Below Poverty Level17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work10.4%
% Using Public Transportation2%

Housing

People Living Alone24.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,120
Median House Value$285,400

Ancestry

German24.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.8%
Irish13.7%
English11.3%
Italian5.8%
French Except Basque3.6%
Swedish3.3%
Polish3.3%
Norwegian3.1%
Scottish2.8%
Dutch2.1%
Russian1.3%
Czech1.2%
Welsh1.1%
Danishn1%
Arab0.7%
Swiss0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
African0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Brazilian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Syrian0.1%
US/American0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Fort Collins Almanac

CategoryValue
County Larimer County
Standard Zip Codes80521, 80525, 80526, 80524, 80528
P.O. Box Zip Codes80522, 80527
Company Zip Codes80523, 80553
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude40.59
Approximate Longitude-105.13

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
Loveland73,360$72,922
Nunn562$58,958
Severance3,603$93,594
Timnath2,023$103,875
Wellington7,409$79,109
Windsor21,154$100,166

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
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Fort Collins Public Schools

Johnson Elementary School
4101 Seneca St
(970) 488-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 454
Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools
1800 South Lemay Ave
(970) 494-4620
Other
Total Enrollment 788
Poudre Community Academy
2540 Laporte Ave
(970) 490-3295
High
Total Enrollment 72
Bacon Elementary School
5844 South Timberline Rd
(970) 488-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 565
Olander Elementary School
3401 Auntie Stone St
(970) 488-8410
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Webber Middle School
4201 Seneca St
(970) 488-7800
Middle
Total Enrollment 763
Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School
3002 East Trilby Rd
(970) 488-5405
Middle
Total Enrollment 761
Polaris Expeditionary Learning School
1905 Orchard Place
(970) 488-8260
Other
Total Enrollment 262
Kruse Elementary School
4400 Mcmurry Ave
(970) 488-5625
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
Mcgraw Elementary School
4800 Hinsdale
(970) 488-8335
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Centennial High School
330 East Laurel St
(970) 488-4940
High
Total Enrollment 147
Boltz Middle School
720 Boltz Dr
(970) 472-3700
Middle
Total Enrollment 571
O'dea Elementary School
312 Princeton Rd
(970) 488-4450
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Poudre High School
201 Impala Dr
(970) 488-6011
High
Total Enrollment 1804
Harris Bilingual Elementary School
501 East Elizabeth
(970) 488-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Coyote Ridge Elementary School
7115 Avondale Rd
(970) 679-9400
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Psd Global Academy
703 East Prospect
(970) 490-3086
Other
Total Enrollment 170
Psd Options School
703 East Prospect Rd
(970) 490-3218
Other
Total Enrollment 117
Colorado Early College Fort Collins
4800 Wheaton Dr
(970) 377-0044
High
Total Enrollment 202
Lab Elementary School For Creative Learning
1905 Orchard Place
(970) 488-8260
Primary
Total Enrollment 103
Traut Core Elementary School
2515 Timberwood Dr
(970) 488-7500
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Barton Prekindergarten
703 East Prospect
(970) 490-3204
Preston Middle School
4901 Corbett Dr
(970) 488-7300
Middle
Total Enrollment 892
Shepardson Elementary School
1501 Springwood Dr
(970) 488-4525
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Werner Elementary School
5400 Mail Creek Ln
(970) 488-5550
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Linton Elementary School
4100 Caribou Dr
(970) 488-5850
Primary
Total Enrollment 470
Liberty Common Charter School
1725 Sharpe Point Dr
(970) 482-9800
Other
Total Enrollment 933
Zach Elementary School
3715 Kechter Rd
(970) 488-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 609
Fossil Ridge High School
5400 Ziegler Rd
(970) 488-6260
High
Total Enrollment 1960
Bauder Elementary School
2345 West Prospect
(970) 488-4150
Primary
Total Enrollment 599
Beattie Elementary School
3000 Meadowlark
(970) 488-4225
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Bennett Elementary School
1125 Bennett Rd
(970) 488-4750
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Blevins Middle School
2101 South Taft Hill Rd
(970) 488-4000
Middle
Total Enrollment 511
Dunn Elementary School
501 South Washington
(970) 488-4825
Primary
Total Enrollment 402
Fort Collins High School
3400 Lambkin Way
(970) 488-8021
High
Total Enrollment 1655
Irish Elementary School
515 Irish Dr
(970) 488-6900
Primary
Total Enrollment 402
Lincoln Middle School
1600 West Lancer Dr
(970) 488-5700
Middle
Total Enrollment 506
Putnam Elementary School
1400 Maple St
(970) 488-7700
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
Riffenburgh Elementary School
1320 East Stuart
(970) 488-7935
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Rocky Mountain High School
1300 West Swallow Rd
(970) 488-7023
High
Total Enrollment 1996
Tavelli Elementary School
1118 Miramount Dr
(970) 488-6725
Primary
Total Enrollment 551
Laurel Elementary School
1000 East Locust St
(970) 488-5925
Primary
Total Enrollment 439
Lesher Middle School
1400 Stover
(970) 472-3800
Middle
Total Enrollment 693
Lopez Elementary School
637 Wabash
(970) 488-8800
Primary
Total Enrollment 382

Fort Collins Private Schools

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