Living in Fort Collins

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Fort Collins and the greater community

  • Fort Collins is a midsize city of approximately 164,000. Outside Magazine named Fort Collins an “Editor’s Choice” for its “America’s Best Towns 2013” list.
  • CSU Extension provides services in 62 of 64 Colorado counties. Extension applies research to address local issues such as cutting-edge agricultural production technologies, water quality and conservation, nutrition and food safety, gardening, 4-H youth development, and community economic development.
  • CSU OnlinePlus serves more than 10,000 students annually.
  • Collaboration with local agencies such as the Colorado Forest Service, Colorado Agricultural Experimentation Station, Colorado Water Institute, and more.



Let two Colorado State University students show you around Fort Collins and the surrounding area, and get a better understanding of why Fort Collins is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States and is a great college town.


Resting against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins’ location provides easy access to the mountains and is just one hour north of Denver, a major cultural and business center. From snowboarding, camping, fishing, and rafting to world-class shopping and professional sports, you’ll find it within a reasonable drive. At an elevation of 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), Fort Collins has a clear dry atmosphere, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and generally pleasant temperatures. Be prepared for warm weather in the summer (70 to 90F or 20 to 35C) and some cold, snowy weather in the winter (-10 to 50F or -22 to 10C). Annual rainfall averages about 15 inches (38cm).

Fort Collins, a city of approximately 150,000, has everything you could want – friendly people, shopping malls, unique restaurants, movie complexes, natural areas, miles of bike trails, theatres, operas, galleries, an excellent public school district, and more. Its residents take pride in its pleasant location and appearance, its moderate climate, the intellectual atmosphere provided by the University, and the various cultural activities of the city.

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