Fort Collins, ColoradoOverview
Larimer County, home of Fort Collins, Colorado, extends from the western edge of the Great Plains and the Interstate 25 corridor on the eastern slope or 'Front Range' of the Rocky Mountains, all the way west to the Continental Divide. The southern boundary is minutes north of the Denver Metro Region and extends to the Wyoming border.
The County encompasses 2,640 square miles that include some of the finest irrigated farmland in the state, as well as vast stretches of scenic ranch lands, forests and high mountain peaks. Over 50% of Larimer County is publicly owned, most of which is land within Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to these federal lands, Colorado State Parks and Recreation Areas, Larimer County Parks and local parks within urban areas combine to provide a wide spectrum of recreational opportunities that are enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike.
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Fort Collins, Colorado was founded as a military fort in 1864 and as a town in 1873... Nestled in the foothills at an elevation of 5,000 feet it is situated 65 miles north of Denver and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is the County seat and largest city in northern Colorado with a population of around 130,000.
Living in Fort Collins
Residents enjoy a moderate four-season climate with an average of 300 days of sunshine with low humidity. High temperatures average 85 degrees in summer and 45 degrees in the winter. There is an average is 14.5 inches of precipitation a year. Major attractions in the area include the Cache la Poudre river canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park. Other major visitor attractions are the Anheuser Busch Brewery, Colorado State University, 'Old Town' Fort Collins, sculpture shows and bronze foundry tours in Loveland and the Scottish Highlands Festival in Estes Park. Loveland and Estes Park are known as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park which receives over three million visitors each year. The Larimer County Budweiser Event Center is the home of the Colorado Eagles Hockey Team and hosts other entertainment and sporting events, the County Fair and rodeo, meetings and conventions.
Who Lives Here
Fort Collins, Colorado is home to a large number of specialized, highly skilled professionals thanks in great part to several high-technology employers, including Hewlett Packard, Eastman Kodak and Anheuser Busch. Seven of the ten largest employers in Larimer County are in education, health services or local government, with Colorado State University being the largest employer.
Fort Collins Attractions
The city boasts a variety of cultural attractions, including the Lincoln Center, Fort Collins Symphony, Larimer Chorale, Open Stage Theatre, Canyon Concert Ballet and the award wining Bas Bleu Theatre. Several micro-breweries call Fort Collins home, including New Belgium (Fat Tire) and Odells (Ninety Schilling).
Old Town Fort Collins features shopping, restaurants, outdoor cafes and your choice of watering holes, whether you're looking for a latte or a local microbrew. And there's plenty of outdoor fun including skiing, golfing, whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, rock climbing and boating.
Fort Collins Real Estate
Residential real estate in Larimer County experienced double digit price increases in the late 1990's but since 2000, price appreciation has been much more moderate and the area has become an attractive retirement and relocation destination.
Home Buying in Fort Collins
In 2007 the median price for a single family resale home in Fort Collins was $230,000, up fractionally from $229,900 in 2006. The total number of homes sold was down 2.8% to 3,611, the lowest total since 1977. Following several years of double digit increases in the late nineties the average price of a home in Fort Collins has increased just 19.5% in the last five years, or an average of 3.5% per annum. This comes during the same period when the national home price has increased by 46.9%, our Mountain Region has increased 55.7% and the neighboring Pacific Region has seen a 76.8% price increase. This has taken us from an area where homes were priced 20% above the national average to a price very much in line with the national average and much below the prices in some of our neighboring states making the area much more attractive for business, investment and retirement. For complete information on the current market and trends, see our January 2008 newspaper column.
The area has received a great deal of national recognition, awards and accolades for its 'Quality of Life'. Whether you are considering continuing education, raising a family, changing jobs or careers, retirement or simply, a new lifestyle, we invite you to check us out!
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