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Fort Collins CO - Happy AND Smart

Well, we didn't make the podium in either of these rankings, but we did bag the equivalent of Miss Congeniality, and that's plenty to crow about.

 

Bloomberg just released a study showing the top destinations for really smart people. The Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index tracks business formation and education and employment in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, and Fort Collins ranked 4th nationally, behind Boulder at #1 and ahead of Denver in #10. Among the factors contributing to this excellent showing was a very strong #2 ranking in net business formation, just behind Denver at #1 in this category.

 

And we're happy, too! National Geographic and Gallup teamed up to design an index that measures where Americans are "living their best lives" and once again, Fort Collins ranked 4th nationally, and once again, behind Boulder in 1st. This study was based on over 250,000 interviews with adults living in 190 metropolitan areas, and measured civic engagement, financial security, educational opportunities and other location specific qualities.

 

We've pretty much known about both of these for a long time. You can sense the happiness surrounding you every time you're out and about, and we've always been known for the high levels of education among our residents. But these two rankings aren't even close to the sum total of the community's achievements - Here's a partial list of awards and rankings Fort Collins has achieved in recent years:

 

Best Places to Raise a Family in Colorado: Elite Personal Finance - Oct 2017
9th Best City to Raise a Family in Colorado: WalletHub - Sep 2017
18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset - Sep 2017
3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker - Jul 2017
12th Best Midsize City for First-Time Home Buyers: WalletHub - Jul 2017
25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine - Jun 2017
1st Stable and Growing Housing Market: Realtor.com - Jun 2017
16th Best Place to Live: Livability.com - Mar 2017
11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance - Mar 2017
Top 100 Best Cities to Start a Family: lendedu - Feb 2017
9th Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennnial Personal Finance - Feb 2017
2nd Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin - Feb 2017
17th Best Places to Buy a Forever Home: Good Call - Jan 2017
8th Best-Performing City: Milken Institute - Dec 2016
Runner Friendly Community: Road Runners Club of America - Oct 2016
12th Best Midsize City in America for New College Graduates: - Aug 2016
Best Recreational/Travel Map Design: Cartography and Geographic Information Society - Apr 2016
4th Happiest City in America: 24/7 Wall St. - Apr 2016
4th Community in Overall Well-Being, 2014-2015: Gallup Healthways - Feb 2016
14th Best-Performing City : Miliken Institute - Dec 2015
Top 3 Digital City : Govtech.com - Nov 2015
Top 10 Best Metros for Female Entrepreneurs: Forbes - Oct 2015
13th Best Place to Live: Livability.com - Sep 2015
No. 4 Safest Drivers in America: Allstate Insurance Company - Sep 2015
No. 11 Healthiest Housing Market: WalletHub - Aug 2015
Top 10 Swim City in the US: USA Swimming - Jul 2015
Ranked No. 4 Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs: Fast Company - Jul 2015
Top 20 Best Places for STEM Grads: NerdWallet - Jun 2015
Ranked No. 9 of 2015's "Top 10 Healthiest Cities": Livability.com - Apr 2015
Ranked No. 3 in College Ranker's "50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever" list: College Ranker - Mar 2015
Ranked No. 6 in NerdWallet's "America's Most Innovative Tech Hubs": NerdWallet - Feb 2015
Top-10 City  2014 Digital Cities Survey: Center for Digital Government - Nov 2014
24th Best Place to Live: Livability.com - Nov 2014
1st In The Country By Let's Move! For Healthy Efforts: National League of Cities - Sep 2014
10 Great College Towns to Retire To: Kiplinger - Sep 2014
9th Best Bike City: Bicycling Magazine - Sep 2014
America's Safest Driving City: Allstate - Aug 2014
America's Most Satisfied City: Time - May 2014
2nd Best Place for Job Seekers in Colorado: NerdWallet - Dec 2013
2013 Best Towns in America: Outside Magazine - Oct 2013
Ranked 7th on Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes - Aug 2013
Ranked 2nd on Top 10 Metro Areas for High-Tech Startup Density: Kauffman Foundation - Aug 2013
Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community: League of American Bicyclists - May 2013
Gold Level Certification: Solar Friendly Communities - Apr 2013
2012 Tree City USA: The Arbor Day Foundation - Apr 2013
4th Healthiest Mid-Size City in U.S.: 2012 Gallup-Healthways Survey - Feb 2013
2012 Top Downtown in the Country: Livability.com - Nov 2012
Ranked 3rd on Allstate America's Best Drivers Report: AllState - Sep 2012
One of the Ten Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers: Yahoo! Travel.com - Jul 2012
Ranked 3rd in the nation on Best Places to Do Business list: Forbes.com - Jun 2012
Ranked 11th on America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities: Bicycle Magazine - May 2012
Fort Collins-Loveland, Third Skinniest Metro Area on the Well-Being Index: Gallup and Healthways - Mar 2012
One of the Top 10 Best Places to Retire: CBS Money Watch - Feb 2012
Ranked First, Safest Drivers in America: Allstate Insurance Company - Sep 2011
Ranked 3rd on the Best Bicycle Cities list: League of American Bicyclists and TheStreet.com - Aug 2011
One of the top 15 Best Places for triathletes to live and train: Triathlete Magazine - Aug 2011
Ranked 5th Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes - Jun 2011
Fort Collins, Top 10 Cities Adopting Smart Grid Technology: U.S.News and World Report - May 2011
One of the Top Ten Places to Retire in the Nation: Charles Schwab's On Investing - Apr 2011
Third Happiest Metro Region, Fort Collins-Loveland, CO: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index - Mar 2011
One of the Top 10 Best American cities to invest your real estate dollars in 2011: Trulia.com - Dec 2010
Named 5th Most Educated City in the country : Portfolio.com - Dec 2010
Fourth Best State for Business, Colorado: Forbes magazine - Oct 2010
One the Top 25 Best Places to Retire: CNNMoney.com - Sep 2010
One of the Top 10 Best College Towns: Small-Sized Cities Category, USA Today - Sep 2010
One of the top six 'Smarter Cities' for Energy: Natural Resources Defense Council - Aug 2010
6th Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine - Jul 2010
One of the Most Underrated Cities in the West: Life.com - Jun 2010
One of the Greatest Places to Live in the West: American Cowboy magazine - Apr 2010
Ranked 4th Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes - Apr 2010
One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations: National Trust for Historic Preservation - Feb 2010
Ranked 3rd 'Smarter City' for sustainability: Natural Resources Defense Council - Jul 2009
Named one of 10 Great Places for Entrepreneurs to Retire: Forbes - Jun 2009
Ranked 1st Best Place to Live and Work for Young Professionals: Next Generation Consulting - Mar 2009
Named 2nd Best Metro for Business and Careers: Forbes magazine - Mar 2009
Ranked 7th Best Midsize Metro in the nation: bizjournals.com - Mar 2009
One of Top 20 Places to Thrive: Best Boomer Towns - Feb 2009
Ranked 10th Best-Educated City in America: Forbes magazine - Nov 2008
One of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids: Business Week - Nov 2008
Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community: League of American Bicyclists - Sep 2008
2nd Best Place to Live: Money magazine - Aug 2008
One of 8 Enriching Towns for Art and Music Lovers: Where to Retire magazine - Apr 2008
Named 3rd Best Place for Business and Career: Forbes magazine - Mar 2008
Ranked 39th Best Place to Live and Launch a Business: CNN/Money - Mar 2008
Top 10 Digital Cities: Center for Digital Government - Sep 2007
One of 30 Fast Cities, due to innovation and creativity of workforce: Fast Company magazine - Jul 2007
9th Best Place to Invest in Real Estate: Business 2.0 - May 2007
Top 10 College Towns for Grown-Ups: Kiplinger's magazine - Mar 2007
Named a Preserve America Community: First Lady Laura Bush - Mar 2007
One of America's Most Walkable Small Cities: msn.com - Mar 2007
One of the Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes magazine - Mar 2007
Fort Collins listed among the Top 10 College Towns for Grown-Ups: Kiplinger magazine - Mar 2007
Fort Collins Ranked 4th among College Towns With Great Golf : Business Week Online - Nov 2006
Fort Collins came in 9th on "Where to Buy Now": Business 2.0 magazine - Nov 2006
#1 Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine - Aug 2006
Listed as 23rd among 63 Hot Mid-Sized Cities for Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneur magazine - Aug 2006
Fort Collins is one of the 50 Best Places to Live (ranked 34th): Kiplinger's magazine - Jun 2006
6th Best Places for Business and Career: Forbes magazine - May 2006
Ranked 2nd (moved up from 9th place in 2005) for having the Safest Drivers: Allstate Insurance - May 2006
Rated as the 6th most Affordable Communities/Best Places to Raise Your Family: Frommer's - May 2006
Fort Collins is one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People: America's Promise - Sep 2005
Bicycle Friendly Community national award: League of American Bicyclists - Aug 2005
American Dream Town. Fort Collins rated as one of the Best Towns in the U.S.: Outside Magazine - Aug 2005
Fort Collins & Larimer County Named Top Nature-Friendly Communities: - Jun 2005
4th best place to live in the United States: Men's Journal - Apr 2005
City of Fort Collins selected as "Top Retirement Spot": Where to Retire magazine - Apr 2005

 

If you're looking for a great place to live and you're not familiar with Fort Collins and northern Colorado, come for a visit. But call us first - it would be our pleasure to help you plan a trip that will be fun and fascinating, give you a personal tour, and help you see what really interests you.

Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

 

Data Source: IRES MLS

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