Fort Collins is located north of Denver on the Cache La Poudre River at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Fort Collins was founded as a military fort in 1864 and is the home of Colorado State university. This college town is always bustling with good restaurants, brewpubs, nightlife, culture and collegiate sports.
The outdoors-oriented community has a nearby national park, state park and reservoir and several local parks that support boating, swimming, camping, fishing, biking, rock climbing and hiking.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Fort Collins ranks high in natural and man-made hazards risk, proximity to nearest large city and age of population. Fort Collins ranks low in demographic diversity and home energy use.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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