A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$265,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,077
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Fort Collins Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    155
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    17
    41
  • Robbery
    23
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    318
    525
  • Theft
    2,049
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    149
    263

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,647
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Fort Collins Reviews

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Fort Collins is an excellent town. Located just an hour north of Denver, it has a population of around 150,000. To the west lies Horsetooth Resevoir, a beautiful lake where people can swim, boat, hike, and more. It's a short drive up to the mountains, as well. Old Town Fort Collins has tons of great restaurants, and an excellent nightlife scene--there's something for everyone. Fort Collins also hosts some of the best breweries around: New Belgium Brewing Company, which is on its way to becoming a nationwide favorite, to name one. This city also has residents from all different backgrounds so no matter your age or the size of your family, Fort Collins is a great place to live. Colorado State University is also a great school with about 35,000 students, so there are plenty of opportunities for students and non-students to enjoy CSU events. Fort Collins is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S., and in my experience, this is definitely the case!
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Ft Collins, USA. Is everything they say it is. I moved here in 2001 July . It's beautiful Urban living. Old Town is magnificent. There is a trolley that runs through town in the summertime. There is a city bus line that makes Transportation smooth especially for our CSU college students. This area is a unique blend of people from every Walk of Life. I call it the Melting Pot. In the winter time there is plenty of snow sports like skiing and snowboarding and snowmobiling it is beautiful. It also has an array of natural Hot Springs throughout the state and plenty of scenic drives. The Rocky Mountain National Forest brings people from all over the world to look take pictures hike hunt and explore. And if it's not one of the Seven Wonders of the World it really ought to be. There are also a lot of bird-watching areas including a local map and the type of birds in the time of year you can see them. So come visit Fort Collins USA you will enjoy it!
My personal experience with Fort Collins has been positive. Having grown up in Georgia moving here was a big leap. But as I got situated I fell in love with the beautiful people, outdoors, and culture. Always ranking one of the top as the nation's health conscious cities. Plus with big name schools like CSU it provides a progressive feel to everything. Some of the best restaurants really cater to their student base. With the friends I have met here we are always able to go out on hikes! Another interesting fact is with the legalization of marijuana here. Students now have a legal, safer alternative to alcohol which is can be harmful.