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Fort Collins CO - Where You Want To Live

Fort Collins CO


The residents of Fort Collins CO know they live in a wonderful city, blessed with a climate that delivers over 300 days of sunshine annually, filled with friendly people, boasting of award-winning schools and Colorado State University, offering a wide range of employment opportunities with great companies, large and small, in a stable and broadly-diversified economy, and providing a selection of lifestyle choices sure to meet everyone's needs and styles.


Fort Collins DowntownFrom the miles of open space, lakes and mountain trails to the bustling social scene of Old Town, there's always something fun to do - probably why Fort Collins has been known for years as Fort Fun. Pleasant neighborhoods abound, and cultural activites and community events fill the calendar.


And at around 160,000 population, Fort Collins is just the right size, large enough that nothing is missing, but small enough that pretty much everywhere is only a 20 minute drive at most.


Old Town Fort CollinsBut it's not just the residents that know how lucky they are to live here. Fort Collins has won recognition for years as one of America's best cities, and consistently scores highly in national rankings of communities.


If you would like to learn more, please contact us - we'd be happy to answer any questions or provide any information about our town that you would find useful. Or even better, come visit, and we'll give you a personal tour, and show you why this is where you really want to live.



Here's a brief list of some of Fort Collins' honors and awards:

  • Ranked No. 9 of 2015's "Top 10 Healthiest Cities": - 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 in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey: Center for Digital Government's Digital Communities Program - Nov 2014
  • Winner of the Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Organization at the Local Level Award: North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) - Nov 2014
  • No. 24 Best Place to Live: - Nov 2014
  • Finalist for the Best of the Web Awards: Center for Digital Government - Oct 2014
  • No. 1 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
  • Timberline Award: Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence - Dec 2013
  • 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
  • Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government recognizing the Sustainability Services Area formation: Alliance For Innovation - Mar 2013
  • 4th Healthiest Mid-Size City in U.S.: 2012 Gallup-Healthways Survey - Feb 2013
  • 2012 Project Award Winner, Re-construction of the SH 392 & I-25 Interchange: American Public Works Association, Colorado Chapter - Jan 2013
  • 2012 Top Downtown in the Country: - 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! - Jul 2012
  • Ranked 3rd in the nation on Best Places to Do Business list: - 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
  • Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport, winner of two "Best in Colorado" awards: Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association - 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 - 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, One of the Top 10 Cities Adopting Smart Grid Technology: U.S.News and World Report - May 2011
  • Top Colorado City for Job Growth, Fort Collins-Loveland: 2011 Best Cities for Job Growth, - 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
  • 2011 Governor's Arts Award: Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade - Mar 2011
  • One of the Top 10 Best American cities to invest your real estate dollars in 2011: - Dec 2010
  • Named 5th Most Educated City in the country based on education levels of our adult population: - Dec 2010
  • Fourth Best State for Business, Colorado: Forbes magazine - Oct 2010
  • One the Top 25 Best Places to Retire: - 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, (population 100,000-249,999) - Aug 2010
  • 6th Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine - Jul 2010
  • One of the Most Underrated Cities in the West: - 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 (pop. 100,000-200,000): 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: - 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
  • LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center: U.S. Green Build Council - Oct 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: - 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 (Golf Digest) - 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
  • Seated as the 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 received the Preserve America Grant: - Mar 2006
  • Fort Collins is one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People: America's Promise - Sep 2005
  • City of Fort Collins earns "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 drivers are the ninth best in the nation: Allstate Insurance Company's ("America's Best Drivers Report.") - Jun 2005
  • Fort Collins & Larimer County Named Top Nature-Friendly Communities: - Jun 2005
  • Selected as 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
Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


Data Source: IRES MLS

Comment balloon 15 commentsDick Greenberg • May 28 2015 08:45AM


Dick - you have a great place to live in Fort Collins.  No wonder the market is booming.  It makes me want to move there

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 4 years ago

Wow - very nice list of accomplishments.  You do live in a very quaint town.  Now - about those 300 days of sunshine.....

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 4 years ago

WOW Dick! You've convinced me for sure. If nothing else, I absolutely would love to visit Fort Collins CO. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 4 years ago

Wow, Dick,

That is an impressive list.  When we visited you and got the grand tour, I could see why Fort Collins is such a wonderful place to live it.  And your short list is not that short, and I bet it is going to keep growing. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 4 years ago

Sounds like a great place for someone to raise a family Dick.

Posted by Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor (REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida) almost 4 years ago

I had a friend that went to college out there and lived in Fort Collins. I  don't think he ever came back to Virginia now that I think about it.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 4 years ago

Ft Collins is a fun place and not for just all the great craft brews either!!!

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) almost 4 years ago

Dick Ft Collins sounds like a place I would love to visit, and maybe even consider home.  Who knows someday I might surprise you with a phone call that I am in your neck of the woods :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 4 years ago

Fort Collins has a lot to be proud of and brag about.  I visited the town in the 1980s.  I had friends who worked at the university there.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 4 years ago

Wow Dick that is awesome, just on a side note if you could make those into links could you imagine the SEO value you would get? Just thinking out loud, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 4 years ago

Hi Dick -- great photos and that's an impressive list highlighting Fort Collins- to say the least.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 4 years ago

Dick- Larry's cousin lives in Fort Collins and loves it.  And you call that a short list!!!  Wow, Fort Collins and its residents have a lot to be proud of. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 4 years ago

Hi Dick, you give a list of great reasons to check out Fort Collins Colorado. I really love Colorado.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 4 years ago

What a very nice write up for Fort Collins.  I learned alot about it today, i love the picture too.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 4 years ago

What a great post Dick. This will have such traction for years to come. Thanks for participating in the challenge.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 4 years ago