Fort Collins

Population: 157,251Median home value: $285,400 71 Ranks better than 70% of areas
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A+ Fort Collins Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Fort Collins Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Colorado
Fort Collins
11010% more expensive than the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Fort Collins cost of living
B- Fort Collins Crime Total crime is 10% lower than Colorado
Total crime
2,755equal to the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 37equal to the US average
Year-over-year crime
2%Year over year crime is up
Fort Collins crime
C- Fort Collins Employment Household income is 8% lower than Colorado
Median household income
$57,8315% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,6803% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%equal to the US average
Fort Collins employment
D+ Fort Collins Housing Home value is 8% higher than Colorado
Median home value
$285,40055% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,12018% higher than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Fort Collins real estate or Fort Collins rentals
D+ Fort Collins Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Colorado
High school grad. rates
94%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
45%9% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:13% higher than the US average
Fort Collins K-12 schools or Fort Collins colleges

Living in Fort Collins, CO

Located in the state of Colorado, Fort Collins is a mid-sized city with a population of 157,251 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (89% White). Given that fact, Fort Collins could be considered less diverse than other cities. Fort Collins could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 29 years old is below the nation’s average. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 79% of the population considered married and 57% with kids under the age of 18, Fort Collins could be considered a very suitable city for families.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Fort Collins, Colorado. With useful information like amenities, weather, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Fort Collins and in the areas around Fort Collins is a much easier task.

Fort Collins has a livability score of 72/100 and is ranked #72 in Colorado and #8,657 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that Fort Collins ranks very well for amenities (A+) and crime (B). There is at least one category that did not score well in Fort Collins. The following was graded with a disappointing score: cost of living (D-) and weather (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Fort Collins on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: New Belgium Brewing, Mountain Whitewater Descents, and Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Fort Collins is real estate affordability. The median home price for Fort Collins homes is $285,400, which is 7.9% higher than the Colorado average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Fort Collins, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 16.7% higher than the Colorado average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Fort Collins will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Fort Collins, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.9%.

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This city has declined significantly in the past 5 years-we are moving

Rent rates went up 11% in the past year alone and have nearly doubled since we moved here 5 years ago. There have been so many news reports calling FC the best place to live-everyone is coming here. That combined with the legalization of marijuana, increasing out of state visitors, has made it a nightmare to go to any of our favorite places anymore-there are just too many people, no parking and everything is more expensive! This town has totally changed in the past few years!
We loved it when we first got here a bigger city but with CSU occupying most of downtown it still had a small town sort of feel if you weren't near campus, especially in the summer when the college students are gone. There has been so much new construction the small town feel is gone. There are many festivals and downtown activities, an event nearly every weekend in the summer, but the population increase and weed smoking tourist explosion has made attending any event much more trouble than it's worth. Good luck if you forgot to check which roads will be closed for events and you can't get to work or your business appointment on time. Parking is a nightmare, so they put in some new transit options but they are sometimes so full you can't ride! Customer Service is terrible most everywhere you go as it is staffed by spoiled rich CO teenagers, snobby rich CO hipsters or college students with no work experience. We no longer go out to eat anymore, after so many bad experiences. Restaurants don't pay for quality workers, because they can hire college students who will work for cheap wages and free food and beer. I made the same amount of money at some of my jobs here as I did in the previous state I lived in, however the cost of living was almost 50% less there!!!
At first we were impressed by the environmental awareness and green living, animal friendly parks and access to the foothills but the fast growth and attitudes of the people have ruined it. Fort Collins is now full of hipsters, not hippies! The difference-hipsters have a lot of money (inherited it) and are usually judgmental hypocrites. They talk a good game but are mostly faking it. The restaurants that say they serve organic, local food, are run by hipsters, are usually lying and overcharging just to make more profit (I worked in the industry). Businesses say they recycle and compost but most of the one's I've worked at, don't. If you stop at any stoplight when the temp is over 70 (most days from April to November) every single vehicle has their windows up and their air conditioning cranked, with bumper stickers that promote green living and saving the environment! Most people I've met never use public transportation, own 2 or more vehicles (even single people!) crank their home air conditioners 6 months/year and spend hundreds of dollars wasting water to make their grass pretty. It is also very very white. The only diversity I've seen is the international students who attend CSU. Most of the people we met when we first moved here have moved already, many to Denver as FC is becoming just as overrun and congested but at least the wages in Denver are much higher.
Every type of recreation costs money! Every beach. mountain or hiking area is part of a state park and therefore you must usually pay a fee, even just to drive around for a bit in the area! I would only recommend this town to rich college students and housing developers. I would not recommend this to families-I stopped taking my kids downtown (teenagers) at night because it's just not safe-too many bars, college students and out of staters causing trouble.
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It's Fun and Sun in Ft. Collins, CO

I travel through the city of Fort Collins, CO pretty regularly, at least once a year and more often 2-3 times, and usually stop and visit my sister-in-law when I'm there. Fort Collins is a really beautiful city which surprisingly doesn't get as much snow in the winter as you might think, and it's not too hot in the summer, either.

In Ft. Collins, I generally stay at the Plaza Inn which has a pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and meeting rooms. The rooms are spacious and clean but a little outdated. The first time I stayed there, the pool was indoor and outdoor, you could actually swim through a hole in the wall to get to the other side.

The city is easy to get around in. Roads are clearly marked and traffic is light. This really helps allow the quaint beauty of the town shine.

I love to shop at Square Shopping Center! No matter what you are looking for, they have it! The best breakfast burritos I ever ate were at the shopping plaza. Even had my breakfast outdoors in the sun, nothing's better than a bacon, egg, cheese and potato burrito and a cup of coffee before starting the next leg of my journey. Kudos to Fort Collins!
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Source: The Fort Collins, CO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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