About Fort Collins
If you have ever visited one of the Disney parks and strolled down Main Street U.S.A., then you already have a pretty good idea of what Fort Collins, Colorado looks like. It was this city's iconic brick storefronts that the Disney designers chose to represent the quintessential American cityscape. Consistently named as one of the best cities to live in, this city located in the southeast corner of Colorado is just a short 60-mile drive south to Denver and 45 miles north to Cheyenne, WY.
Lying at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine every year. The city is in a semi-arid region so the weather is moderate. Summer daytime temperatures average in the mid 80s, with nighttime lows in the upper 50s. During the winter, daytime highs are in the 40s with lows in the upper teens. Rainfall is slight, averaging only a little over sixteen inches a year. Snowfall averages about 54 inches a year.
Fort Collins is the fourth largest city in Colorado with just over 156,000 residents. Many of these people work at Colorado State University, which also provides a cultural focus for the town. Other industries include high-tech, manufacturing, clean energy, agri-tech, and bioscience. More information about the city can be found at www.fortcollins.com.
The city is home to a number of craft beer breweries as well as a few traditional brewers like New Belgium and Anheuser-Busch. The local college scene and the presence of the breweries are showcased by a number of festivals occurring throughout the year. The city is also host to a symphony orchestra, ballet, opera company, and choral ensemble.
The origin of Fort Collins was as a military base established in 1864 by the US Army. Camp Collins as it was known was tasked with protecting the overland mail routes against Native Americans during the Indian Wars. Settler' began populating the town leading to a population spurt in 1872. Early settlers grew sugar beets, raised sheep and quarried stone from the nearby mountains.
Today the city offers a small-town feel that many people desire. It has a low crime rate, has been named one of the safest cities in the country in terms of automobile accidents and has plenty of outdoor activities for even the most adrenaline-driven sports junkie. The nearby Denver Airport provides international travel opportunities.