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Relocate to Northern Colorado
The word “Colorado” evokes images of mountain ski villages, white water rafting, hiking, fly fishing, running, hunting, mountain biking, and an abundance of other recreational activities. For these reasons and many more, the Front Range of Northern Colorado has emerged as a popular choice on many national lists that rank the most desirable places to live, work, recreate, and retire in America. Situation on the plains near the base of the Rocky Mountains, Northern Colorado provides a quality of life like no other. The Front Range offers highquality education and health care, shorter commutes than the national average, low taxes, and the conveniences of big-city living, all balanced by a community atmosphere. The abundance of preserved green space contributes to the beauty of the area while allowing residents to enjoy plenty of parks, lakes, hiking trails, and other activities just outside their back door. Northern Colorado communities offer amenities that appeal to all ages. Since 2005 the area has been recognized on more than 150 “best of ” lists including “Best Place to Live in the Nation” by Money Magazine, “One of the Best 10 Places to Retire” by CBS Money Watch, “One of the Top 5 Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes, “One of the Top 10 Best Places for Students to Live” by the American Institute for Economic Research, “Best US Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid” by Backpacker Magazine, and Fort Collins ranked 4th for being the “Happiest and Healthiest City in the U.S. by Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being.
Beer on tap at many of the area’s local breweries.
On the Cover: Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins.
Pawnee National Grassland.
Fly fishing on the Cache la Poudre River, Fort Collins.
The region is also emerging as a cultural hotbed, featuring events such as Loveland’s internationally renowned Sculpture in the Park, the Greeley Stampede, (the largest 4th of July Rodeo in the country), Fort Collins’ Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, creative theater, street performers, galleries, and a full schedule of festivals, concerts, and free live music almost every night of the week during the summer. Colorado’s 5.4 million residents enjoy “300 days of sunshine” per year, low humidity, mild winters with average temperatures of 45 degrees, and summer temps averaging 83 degrees. A large part of Northern Colorado’s appeal is its natural beauty. The communities have been recognized for their commitment to open space and conscientious approach to environmental issues while attracting and supporting a vibrant business community. Northern Colorado residents work hard at creating and maintaining a healthy and energized environment in which to work and live, and they are very proud of the results.
40 Miles To Cheyenne, WY Wellington
30 Miles To Estes Park
60 Miles To Denver
Greeley Blues Jam, Greeley. Photo Credit Dylan Adams, Bandwagon Magazine.
Denver International Airport
Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce www.fcchamber.org
Fort Collins Visitors Center www.ftcollins.com
Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins.
Fort Collins is a vibrant and active city nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Here you’ll enjoy the Colorado lifestyle and a community in which you can reinvent and reinvigorate yourself. With a slogan of “beer, bikes, and bands” (and lots of dogs), you’re never at a loss for fun things to do. For example, sample and tour over 20 breweries, ride your bike on more than 200 miles of paved trails, and enjoy free live music almost every night of the week during the summer. To explore the great outdoors you can kayak, fly fish, snow shoe, mountain bike, snow ski, hike, backpack, snow board, hunt, water ski, tube the river, cross country ski, enjoy the finest camping facilities available, and experience world-class whitewater rafting on the “Wild & Scenic” Cache la Poudre river. Fort Collins offers the convenience and heart of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. Throughout the year, live music, entertainment, festivals, cultural activities, and great locally-owned shops and restaurants are enjoyed throughout the city. Fort Collins has gathered many top rankings in recent years for health, well-being, and quality of life. For example, in 2006, Money Magazine ranked “The Choice City” as the “Best Place to Live in America.” Plus, the city’s Old Town architecture was the inspiration for Main Street USA in Disneyland! This is a sophisticated community that cares, and residents enthusiastically participate in community service of all kinds. Colorado State University adds to the diversity of the community and creates many cultural and educational opportunities. Residents can choose from an array of performing and fine arts throughout city including The University Center of the Arts, over 20 galleries, The Lincoln Center, The Museum of Art, The Community Creative Center, symphony, opera, ballet, and award-winning community theater. The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery combines science with history and culture in a state-of-the-art 47,000 square foot facility that features local history, hands-on exhibits, classrooms, and a digital dome theater. The Mason Corridor is a five mile north-south byway that includes a bicycle and pedestrian trail as well as the MAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system linking major destinations and activity centers along the corridor including the downtown commercial, cultural, and business centers, Colorado State University, Foothills Mall, and South College Avenue retail areas. Fort Collins is home to over 40 city parks scattered throughout the city, six championship-caliber golf courses, 16 multi-purpose sports fields, and three large area lakes perfect for a variety of water sports. Eclectic neighborhoods from historic homes built in 1880’s to recent construction dot the landscape. Green construction, energy efficiency, and smart home technology are being incorporated into the master plan of many new communities. The attractive cost of living, mild climate, simple lifestyle, outdoor recreation, award-winning school district, entertainment, and state-of-the-art health care facilities attract folks from every state – many of them retirees seeking change or to join their children who have chosen to raise their families here. population 161,175 including 31,000 students at Colorado State University.
5,003’ and covering a land area of 56.78 square miles. schools Colorado State University, Front Range Community College, Poudre School District. health care University of
Colorado Health and Banner Health. geography 50 miles north of Denver, 42 miles east of Rocky Mountain National Park; 70 miles to Denver Int’l Airport (DIA). median family
income Approximately $62,000. housing Average price for a single family home is Downtown Fort Collins.
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approximately $360,000 (2015). major employers Colorado State University, Poudre School District, Woodward, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Anheuser-Busch, University of Colorado
Health, New Belgium Brewing, OtterBox, Broadcom, Qualfon, Tolmar, Advanced Energy. web
www.downtownfortcollins.com. fact Downtown Fort Collins architecture was the inspiration for Main Street, USA in Disneyland.
Picturesque Loveland is big on beauty and quality of life. Located along the Big Thompson Canyon, it’s nestled against the Rocky Mountains about 30 miles east of Estes Park – the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy 27 city parks, 15 miles of trails for hiking and biking, and three public golf courses (including the championship Mariana Butte course). Many rivers and lakes in the area offer water sports such as boating, water skiing, fishing, rafting, and kayaking. Loveland Sports Park boasts a synthetic turf championship field with terraced seating, field lighting, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, inline hockey rinks, and a skate park. Loveland is known as the “Sweetheart City” but its thriving arts scene is what inspires passion in many of our locals. Numerous nationallyacclaimed sculptors call Loveland home and you can see their work at area galleries and tour the foundries. Bronze sculptures adorn the town’s main thoroughfares, public parks, schools, municipal offices, and the 10-acre Benson Park Sculpture Garden that contains a permanent collection of 148 pieces. Nationally renowned for its art, more than 150,000 people come from around the world to attend the acclaimed Sculpture in the Park art show and sale each August. The performing arts also thrive in this community. In the heart of downtown the historic Rialto Theater has been restored to its original 1920s décor as a performance/conference centerpiece for the city. There is also an award-winning museum/gallery, home of the past and the present. The minor pro hockey team, Colorado Eagles (ECHL), play at the Budweiser Events Center. The arena is a major component of the 243-acre Fairgrounds and Events Complex development, host to the Larimer County Fair, a variety of concerts, sporting events, and nationally renowned touring acts. In a community where growth is continuing at a steady pace, Loveland’s hometown atmosphere remains the focus of its residents, leaders, and businesses.
Loveland Chamber of Commerce www.loveland.org Loveland Visitors Center www.loveland.org Shortcut by Jane DeDecker, Lake Loveland.
elevation 4,982’ covering a land
area of 33.6 square miles. schools Thompson
McKee Medical Center and Medical Center of the Rockies. geography: 45
miles north of Denver, 22 miles south of Fort Collins, 56 miles to Denver Int’l Airport (DIA). median family income Approximately
Average price for a single family home is approximately $350,000 (2015). major employers Thompson
Medical Center, University of Colorado Health,
Center, U.S. Bank, Hach. web sites www.ci.loveland.co.us/, www.loveland. org fact Every year thousands of Valentines are sent to Loveland where Devil’s Backbone Nature Trail, Loveland.
special volunteers hand-stamp them
with a Valentine verse and re-mail to the intended recipient.
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Greeley Chamber of Commerce | www.greeleychamber.com
With strong agricultural roots and the sophistication of a small city, Greeley accommodates both country and city life with an easy charm. Distinguished for its commitment to its natural heritage, Greeley preserves and celebrates the tradition of Northern Colorado through a variety of festivals and community events. Greeley is home to The University of Colorado that enjoyed national acclaim when The Monfort School of Business received the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award Greeley Stampede, Greeley. in 2004. Aims Community College is one of the largest Photo Credit Jenny Harding/K99. two-year institutions in the state and offers a diverse selection of classes. Residents are rarely at a loss for fun things to do including a vibrant downtown, thriving arts and culture, unique shopping, the Union Colony Civic Center, The Greeley Philharmonic, and multiple festivals including The Greeley Stampede, UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, Greeley Blues Jam, Arts Picnic, the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, and Centennial Village. Every summer Greeley goes cowboy when it welcomes the PRCA Rodeo to town for The Greeley Stampede – the world’s largest 4th of July rodeo. The Stampede dates back to the late 1800s and attracts more than 400,000 people. It spans two weekends and features a carnival, art exhibits, BMX Show, a Canine Spectacular, parade, fireworks, and nationally-recognized bands and entertainment. The Colorado active lifestyle is alive and well in Greeley with over 90 miles of bike lanes and off-street paths, the 21-mile Poudre River Trail, two tournament level public golf courses, sports parks, dog parks, and three disc golf courses. Over 40 traditional and open space parks offer tennis, softball, climbing walls, racquetball, inline hockey, basketball, volleyball, year-round indoor ice skating and hockey, skateboarding, swimming, an indoor water park, fitness trails, and an indoor running track. It’s thriving economy, comfortable climate of “300 days of sunshine” per year, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, and close proximity to outdoor recreation help Greeley live up to its national designation as an “An All-America City.”
population Approximately 99,000 including 12,000 students at University of Northern
Colorado. elevation 4,658’ and coverings 27.58 square miles. schools The University
of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, Weld County RE-6 (www.greeleyschools. University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
org/domain/36). health care North Colorado Medical Center. geography 60 miles north of Denver, 50 miles south of Cheyenne, WY; 58 miles to Denver Int’l Airport (DIA). median family income Approximately $54,000. housing Average price for a single family home is
approximately $241,000 (2015). major employers Banner Health/North Colorado Medical
Center, JBS USA, The University of Northern Colorado, Noble Energy, DCP Midstream, Hensel
Phelps, Leprino Foods, State Farm, Xerox Business Services, TeleTech, Good Samaritan Society, Select Energy Services. web sites www.greeleygov.com, www.greeleychamber. com, www.greeleydowntown.com, www.greeleyunexpected.com/events. fact Northeastern
Colorado, the area around Greeley, was the inspiration for James Michener’s first novel, Centennial.
Hot Air Balloon Festival, Windsor
Windsor is located east of I-25 at the epicenter of both Northern Colorado and the “new energy” economy. Helping make the Windsor Chamber of Commerce | www.windsorchamber.net transition from sugar beets and Water Valley Golf Course, Windsor. agriculture as historical primary employers, Danish wind turbine company, Vestas, selected Windsor for its first Colorado plant. Today Windsor is a bustling small town. It boasts great schools, three championship golf courses, an indoor ice rink, soccer complex, a beautiful outdoor pool in its city park, two indoor inline skating/hockey rinks, water skiing on Windsor Reservoir, and easy access to the Poudre River Trail that stretches 21 miles east to Greeley. Plus, it has million-dollar views of Long’s Peak and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Windsor Lake, located in the heart of downtown, serves as an important recreational epicenter in Windsor hosting dozens of festivals, live music, art shows, family-friendly programs, fireworks, a perimeter bike path, swimming, and other water sports. Windsor’s quaint downtown offers fine dining, social coffee spots, and locallyowned retail shops. The town provides several medical providers and four full-service hospitals are with 25 minute driving times. Residents of Windsor enjoy the small town atmosphere, a variety of housing choices, and the convenience of a central location.
population Approximately 23,000. elevation 4,797’ covering a land area of 24,44
square miles. climate Average summer temp 85; average winter temp 45; and 16.3” of precipitation. schools Weld County RE-4 School District (www.weldre4.k12.co.us).
health care Windsor Medical Center. geography 50 miles north of Denver, 42 miles
east of Rocky Mountain National Park, 63 miles to Denver Int’l Airport (DIA). median family income Approximately $83,000. housing Average price for a single family home is approximately $350,000 (2015). major employers Vestas, Tenneco Packaging,
CareStream, Universal Forest Products, Front Range Energy, Owens-Illinois Metal Container Corporation. web sites www.windsorgov.com, www.windsorchamber.net.
fact The Windsor Bulldogs won the 1924 National High School Basketball Championship and earned the name “The Windsor Wizards”.
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Now Entering Ram Country, I-25/Timnath. Photo Credit Tim O’Hara.
Town of Timnath | www.timnathcolorado.org Taste in Timnath.
population 3,000 elevation 4,867’ schools Located in the Poudre School District. There are two elementary schools in Timnath, including Timnath Elementary and Bethke Elementary. Students attend Kinard Middle School, Preston Middle School
and Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. health care Close to regional hospitals
in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland, and numerous clinics to choose from in nearby Severance, Eaton and Windsor. shopping Wal-Mart Supercenter, Costco, and
regional shopping centers are minutes away in Fort Collins and Loveland. fact The Timnath Presbyterian Church traces its origins to 1869, making it one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in continual existence in Colorado.
Founded in 1882 and located on the eastern banks of the Cache la Poudre River, just across Interstate 25 from Fort Collins, Timnath is named after a Biblical city. As with many of its Northern Colorado neighbors, Timnath’s location was inspired by settlers who arrived for its fertile agricultural ground, and reinforced by the eventual decision of the railroad to set down tracks in the vicinity. Only a short time ago, Timnath was the size of a small neighborhood, with a quaint Main Street and a population of 230. It became clear that Northern Colorado offered a highly desirable quality of life, so Timnath grew 180% from 2000 to 2010, and an additional 85% between 2010 and 2012 with approximately 3,300 current residents. And it’s still growing as residential developments continue to dot the landscape, including The Harmony Club Golf Course Community, Summerfields, Timnath Ranch, and West Village. In order to preserve Timnath and not be absorbed into surrounding communities, the residents chose to proactively plan for people and families looking for a genuine small town with quick access to I-25, CSU, Budweiser Events Center, Centerra Mall, a historic downtown, good schools located in the Poudre School District, and great neighbors. In the next 20 years, Timnath is projected to grow 27 square miles adding 20,000 new residents.
Severance | Wellington
Severance has exploded with new construction, but still retains plenty of its heritage, including Bruce’s Bar, which is world-famous for its Rocky Mountain Oysters. If you don’t know what Rocky Mountain Oysters are, you’ll just have to visit Bruce’s and give them a try! (Here’s a hint: they don’t come from the ocean.) Like many communities in western Weld County, the town of approximately 3,330 residents offers a scenic, panoramic view of the mountains to the west. Severance boasts five parks that offer a wide variety or amenities, including water features (including stocked-fishing ponds), basketball courts, a skateboard park, sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. The Rocky Mountains are less than an hour away, so nature lovers will have no trouble escaping to the wilderness. The nearby “Wild and Scenic” Poudre River is well-known for its rafting, kayaking, and fly fishing.
Town of Wellington | www.townofwellington.com Downtown Wellington.
Town of Severence | www.townofseverance.org
Wellington is a charming western community about 12 miles north of Fort Collins on Colorado’s impressive Front Range. It’s a town that has held fast to its rural roots even though its population has increased to 6,551 – almost 2 ½ times, since 2000. Wellington has four parks, offers youth basketball and adult volleyball and has a disc golf course. A nearby wildlife refuge and abundant fishing offer residents excellent outdoor activities. The foothills and mountains are only minutes away, as is Horsetooth State Park and Lory State Park. Located within the Poudre School District, affordable housing prices, and views of the mountains make Wellington worth considering. But there is also a picture-perfect main street, friendly folks, and convenient access along I-25 to Fort Collins, Loveland, Denver, and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
population 3,560 elevation 4,888’ schools Located in the
population 6,551 elevation 5,210’ schools Poudre
Severance, including Rangeview Elementary and Severance Middle
Wellington Middle School. health care Miramont Family
to regional hospitals in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland. Banner
Greeley and Loveland. fact Wellington was the childhood
Poudre School District. There are two elementary schools in
School District including Eyestone & Rice Elementary,
School. Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins. health care Close
Medicine. Close to regional hospitals in Fort Collins,
Health’s Medical Arts Centre of Windsor. shopping Wal-Mart
home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White.
Supercenter, Costco, and regional shopping centers are minutes away
in Fort Collins and Loveland. fact Bruce’s Bar is world-famous for its Rocky Mountain Oysters.
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Sunset at Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins.
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AREA EVENTS FORT COLLINS Horsetooth Half Marathon April Old Town Car Show May Colorado Marathon May Kites in the Park May Colorado Brewers Festival June Taste of Fort Collins June 4th of July Celebration July Bohemian Nights at New West Fest August Tour de Fat September Fortoberfest September CSU Homecoming October First Night Fort Collins December SEVERANCE Annual Easter Egg Hunt March Severance Days August
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