Fort Collins is located at the western base of the “Front Range”. This is basically where the mountains of the West start to meet the plains of the Midwest. Fort Collins is about 65 miles north of Denver and just 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Cache La Poudre River runs through Fort Collins, while the dry Great Plains lie just barely to the east. The city sits at an elevation of 5,003 feet above sea level, just a few hundred below that of Denver, the Mile High City.
The geography of Fort Collins is consistent with many of the localities in Northern Colorado. However unlike its neighbour to the east, Greeley, Fort Collins enjoys a more mountainous landscape. Like most of Colorado, Fort Collins is a fairly dry place. Though it does feature the Cache La Poudre River and various mountain lakes for enjoyment.
Fort Collins is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States and it has one of the most stable housing markets, too. The growing city boasts a small town atmosphere, but also offers high-tech business campuses, flower-lined alleyways, an award-winning university, and thriving locally-owned businesses.
The average cost of living in the United States is 100, that is the standard. Fort Collins falls around 118.3 on this scale, making it a bit more expensive than the nationwide average. On the other hand, the Coloradan average is 121.1, meaning Fort Collins has a more affordable cost of living than most other
places in Colorado.
As seen above, the cost of living analysis done by Best Places finds that Fort Collins is significantly more expensive than other US locations and a bit more expensive than other places in Colorado. The median home cost in Fort Collins is $389,700 compared to $384,000 for Colorado, and $231,200 for the United States.
Fort Collins has a semi-arid climate, experiencing all four seasons (to the fullest extent). While the city does boast 300 days of sunshine a year, the average snowfall averages around 55 inches! Luckily, the snow usually melts within a few days due to the hot mountain sun that we see almost daily.
Though it is a smaller city, Fort Collins offers a wide variety of shopping options for its residents and visitors. The historic downtown offers shoppers a unique and fun experience. You’ll find one of a kind pieces at locally owned and operated boutiques, or the flea markets and antique shops. The city also has a Foothills Mall which features retailers that are regional, national and international.
Fort Collins has a comprehensive transportation system that brings its residents and visitors around the city and to other near-by locations. Transport is the public transportation system in Fort Collins and is proud to offer its residents with excellent service that meets the community’s present and future transit needs.
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