Fresh Place Friday- Moving to Fort Collins
Choosing where to move is just the beginning of a new adventure. Here at Exodus we want you to be full of facts and enthusiasm for the fresh place that you will be taking your family and or your business. We have just begun to talk about the new places just brimming for relocation. This week we are highlighting another city that is important here in our home state of Colorado: the fine city of Fort Collins.
Originally founded as a US military outpost in 1864, Fort Collins first name was actually “Camp Collins”. Residing in the Northern Front Range, this city assumes much its character and natural beauty from its location at the Rocky Mountain base as it sprawls alongside the Cache La Poudre River. From a small encampment all the way to a large city, this area now boasts an excess of 140,000 residents and is the 5th largest city in all of Colorado. With an average of 300 days of sunshine, it’s no wonder that it was widely known after its creation for its agricultural wealth and with over 1200 acres of developed parks throughout, its natural wonders never seem to disappoint.
Today Fort Collins has shifted its focus from crops to a more “high tech” economy, while simultaneously maintaining a keen sense of ecological friendliness. Somewhat immune to national recession averages, the city has experienced consistent growth both economically and socially. Home to Colorado State University and several other award winning schools, this place, despite growth, continues to hold on to a small town community minded approach. The Old Town area of Fort Collins hosts festivals and various artistic and cultural events throughout the year and in general music, theater, restaurants and exhibitions are plentiful everywhere inside the cities limits, not to mention the cities 5 local microbreweries creating an exciting environment for beer lovers and brew connoisseurs alike.
Random Facts & Insights
In 2010 Money magazine rated Fort Collins the 6th best city in the US to live in.
Fort Collins is currently a country leader in its efforts towards ecological sustainability. Utilizing an initiative called FortZED, they are working towards changing Colorado University and their downtown area into a place that generates for itself the same amount of energy that it uses. This will allow them to efficiently maximize renewable resources and minimize waste commonly creating by most other thriving metropolitans.
The only student run newspaper that is published daily in Colorado is created in Fort Collins at Colorado State University and is named the Rocky Mountain Collegian.