Fort Collins, Colorado – Retirement Guide

Fort Collins, Colorado   Retirement Guide

Home to Colorado State University, Fort Collins may be one of Northern Colorado’s larger towns with nearly 150,000 residents, but it still maintains a homey, close-knit feel. Located near the foothills of the Rockies, and along the banks of the Cache La Poudre River, Fort Collins offers a scenic setting in proximity to outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing.

In recent years, Fort Collins has become at attractive place to retire thanks to a cost of living on par with the national average, a low crime rate, and a number of well-appointed retirement communities which have sprung up in the region. Housing prices tend to be more affordable than Boulder, making it a cheaper alternative.

Retirees who love to learn can take advantage of the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center, which offers a variety of classes, programs and lectures to adults over 50 years old. Residents can take courses in the arts, writing, history and environmental sciences. Cultural attractions also abound; Fort Collins boasts a ballet, opera and symphony orchestra.

Pros: Vibrant university town with continuing education programs, low crime rate
Con: Cold winters

At a Glance
Best For: Education lovers
Population: 146,762
Cost of Living: 1% less than national average
Median Home Cost: $231,000
Unemployment: 5.7%
Top State Income Tax: 4.63% flat rate
Crime Rate: 32% lower than national average

Foodies can sate themselves at one of the towns 500-plus restaurants, or by indulging in a tipple from one of the local micro-breweries, like Fat Tire.

Top Retirement Cities in Colorado:  Fort Collins Colorado Springs

Photo by Zach Dischner via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.