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Fort Collins has also been recognized as one of the top 5 best U.S. cities to raise a family!

Fort Collins is known for its top craft breweries and as being one of the top college towns to live in, but Fort Collins has also been recognized as one of the top 5 best U.S. cities to raise a family.  Here are 4 of the best reasons that make this a very special place for you and your family.

Just the Right Size

Fort Collins is the largest city in Northern Colorado but is just the right size at a population of approximately 165,000. It’s easy to get to know your neighbors and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the community by taking a walk or biking along the many trails around town. Fort Collins provides multiple transportation systems with the MAX bus line running from downtown to south Fort Collins, the Transfort bus system which covers the city, and a robust biking system of trails and bike lanes, awarding Fort Collins the #1 Best Place for Bikes.

Fun Things To Do

There are plenty of things to see and do in Fort Collins. Get the full details on Fort Fun, Museum of Discovery, concerts, and events downtown, New West Fest, Parks and Recreation, CSU athletics, Gardens on Spring Creek, the Farm at Lee Martinez Park, Rollerland Skate Center, CSU Environmental Learning Center … the list goes on and on!

Excellent Schools and ExtraCurricular Activities

Poudre School District (PSD) has been recognized for excellence both within the state of Colorado and across the nation. The District serves 30,000 students through 52 schools and 5 charter schools. Fort Collins is also home to 21 private schools with offerings from preschool through high school. With 30,000 students, you can see that families already know that Fort Collins is a great place to raise a family and with that comes opportunities for extracurricular activities for sports, art, music and so much more. 

Close to Nature

Fort Collins is the front door to all things outdoors. The City maintains more than 950 acres of parks, 40,000 acres of natural areas, 35 miles of hiking/biking trails, three golf courses, three swimming pools, an ice rink, and a community center. Sitting along the foothills to the Rocky Mountains, you can quickly drive for a day of hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting or a weekend of camping. 


The opportunities are endless in Fort Collins, so come and visit and you may decide to make it your hometown to work, play, and raise a family.