Though today there is no strong military presence, the name remains, as Fort Collins was founded in 1864 as a military outpost aimed to protect the mail route that ran through it. Following the city's military years, the addition of Colorado State University greatly influenced the growth and character of this northern city 65 miles from Denver.
As could be expected in a college town, the nightlife is vigorous, the recreational opportunities are legion and the cultural options give fierce competition to many larger cities, though they just might lose that fight to this thriving metropolis named a Colorado Certified Creative District. It should come as no surprise that the school system is described as outstanding. Fort Collins, coupled with its Loveland neighbors to the south, have been awarded numerous times one of the top ten spots as Best Places to Live in America.
This bustling community of professionals, young families and artsy-craftsy souls welcome visitors with a ready smile and jovial attitude that bids them to stay awhile. Many take them up on the invite, choosing to call Fort Collins home often enough to contribute to the 162,000 and growing population.