Colorado Recruiting Zone - Fort Collins


Fort Collins Highlights

  • Incorporated in 1883
  • Ranked the 6th Best Place to Live in the Nation by Money Magazine
  • Nearly half (48%) of residents have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher


  • Population: 138,736
  • Median Age: 29.4
  • Land Area: 53.38 square miles
  • County: Larimer

Environmental Attractions

  • Nationally renowned park system with trails that view both the Poudre River and the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.
  • 8 scenic golf courses

Fun Facts

  • Anheuser-Busch has a major Budweiser beer brewing operation here, with free tours (and samples) for guests and a peek at the world-famous Clydesdale horses. Fort Collins is also one of Colorado's major craft-brewing hubs, featuring New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company and Fort Collins Brewery, all of which offer tours of their operations

Arts & Culture

  • The principal venue for the performing arts in Fort Collins is the Lincoln Center. Built in 1978, the center includes the 1,180-seat Performance Hall and the 220-seat Mini-Theatre, as well as four exhibit galleries and an outdoor sculpture and performance garden.
  • Fort Collins’ Downtown and Old Town Square are popular pedestrian shopping malls featuring shops, restaurants, and bars.

Major Employers

  • Colorado State University
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Agilent Technologies
  • LSI Logic
  • Anheuser Busch

Economic Development

  • A low sales tax rate, low utility rates, and an award winning Development Review Process all contribute to a positive business environment in Fort Collins.
  • The City of Fort Collins actively encourages home-based business through a straight-forward permitting process.
  • Key industries in Fort Collins are manufacturing, high tech, higher education, and the state and federal government.  Other sectors of note include geospatial, water innovation, clean energy, and bioscience.
  • Employment in Fort Collins has increased an average of 0.6% per year from 2001 to 2005, compared to an average annual increase of 0.0% throughout the United States. Even during the recession that struck throughout the United States from 2001 to 2003, employment growth in Fort Collins remained stronger than the rest of the country.