Fort Collins Area
Pioneering and Aspirational
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the Fort Collins area provides all the perks of small-town living with access to big-city amenities. Fort Collins is a place where your neighbors are some of the nation’s top science researchers, cycling is a viable commuter option, craft beer is a spiritual experience, and weekends tell the work week to take a hike, or at least stand aside for one!
With pioneering industries like bioscience, energy and information technology, it’s no wonder that the Fort Collins area regularly tops the charts for job opportunities.
Fortune 500 companies and a vibrant start-up environment give Fort Collins both stability and dynamic vibrancy.
Among the area’s major employers are Advanced Energy, Advance Tank, Anheuser Busch, Colorado State University, Columbine Health Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Noosa, OtterBox, Tolmar, UCHealth, Walker Manufacturing, Water Pik, Woodward and Poudre School District.
The soul of Fort Collins, Colorado State University is one of the state’s two major research universities. With over 33,000 students, CSU counts Pulitzer Prize winners, astronauts, CEOs and two past Colorado governors among its alumni. Even more impressive is the fact that 84 percent of graduates secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduating.
As just one example of excellence, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University is the largest research program of any college of veterinary medicine in the world and frequently ranks among the very top colleges of its kind.
Fort Collins is also home to Front Range Community College, the largest of the 13 community colleges in the Colorado Community College System. With 46 associate degree programs and a variety of certificate programs, students can choose from a diverse range of studies, including nursing, business, emergency medical technician, accounting and more.
Quality of Life
The Fort Collins area is a wonderful blend of Western steadiness and authenticity with the annual renewal of a university town. The result is an energetic hub that offers quality jobs, competitive affordability and an unassuming, authentic lifestyle. Arts and culture, a humming downtown, an active food scene and unrivaled outdoor recreation are all hallmarks of northern Colorado’s main hub.
Minutes away from Fort Collins, Timnath is a historic town founded in the late 1800’s on the Cache la Poudre River. Today, Timnath is experiencing growth as more people discover the benefits of a small town with proximity to Fort Collins, Greeley and direct access to Interstate 25. The town will add 20,000 new residents over the next 20 years. As it grows, town leaders continue to add community enhancements such as expanded open spaces and parks.
Just north of Fort Collins is Wellington, with a population of 10,000 and growing. The town is the best of small town and rural living. Already known for high-quality education, a new high school is planned for 2022. Like Timnath, Wellington is planning for growth over the coming years as business and industrial areas grow and families continue to discover affordability within easy access of Fort Collins and neighboring larger cities.