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Stinky Town - 8/6/2007
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We moved to Fort Collins a year ago to be in an acceptable climate with clean air and fairly high culture and growth potential. We were completely off on the later two requirements. Fort Collins is indeed a very pretty little college town with wonderful warm people, near access to an international airport in Denver, and apparently decent health facilities for those with insurance. However, home prices are in my opinion relatively high because of its inclusion on the Money Magazine's best place to live list a couple years ago, and the economy is in a slump with high white collar unemployment and depressed wages. Also, the town smells strongly of cow manure 7 or 8 months out of the year due primrily to the presence of a meat packing plant and stock yards to the Southeast. This previous winter was one of the harshest in recent history and the city has inadequate snow removal budgets for such an event. As in many cities, the summer temperatures spiked to record levels on several days this year, into the upper 90's and 100's. So, although Fort Collins might be an appropriate solution for some such as agricultural workers, college teachers or retirees, it is an awful place for us and we are seeking a more interesting, less odorouos city with a healthier economy.

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re: Stinky Town - 8/6/2007 - 8/31/2011
OMG, I had no idea of this cow manure smell. Is it for real? It is now 2011. Can anyone comment on these smells? Do they still exist? I am considering taking a job in Ft. Collins in the spring. Please post. Thanks!

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re: Stinky Town - 8/6/2007 - 7/13/2011
There are a lot of small dairys and feed lots near I-25 from Johnstown to Wellington. Bing maps "birds eye view" shows lots of them. It is not Greeley. We live at 57th & 287 in Loveland and the dairy near us will make you eyes water with the east wind. It is horrible after it rains.

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re: Stinky Town - 8/6/2007 - 5/18/2008
I lived there for 3 wonderful years and regreted leaving. I too smelled the cow manure, but only a couple of times a year. I lived South of Harmony too. Now if your in Greeley where the source of the odor is, then I'm sure you'd smell it alot. As for the economy, it was starting to go through a bad period when we left almost 4 years ago.

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re: Stinky Town - 8/6/2007 - 7/6/2011
LOL... I'm not sure these folks lived in Fort Collins... they smelled Greeley (20mi. away) which has a lot of sheep stock yards & the meat packing plant. I've lived here 12 years and only smelled Greeley a handful of times when the wind was blowing backwards (to the West). Or they lived in the outskirts of the city limits because there are horses/cattle and ranches outside of the main city. But 7 to 8 months of stench... no way. And specifically there are excellent health facilities for those WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE. Obviously these folks didn't take the time to look into resources available. In 2007 we did have a big snow storm but that was the only one for that year and we got to have a snow day!! I love how people come for a small amount of time and make it seem like that short experience is how it always is. We've had extreme weather for a few DAYS several years apart. For the most part our weather is sunny and mild but we do have 4 seasons. This is a perfect place for all walks of life. not just ag, teachers, and retirees.

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Fort Collins, CO

Very Expensive - 4/21/2014

Housing and food are so high in cost here. I have lived here for 20 years and ready to leave. I love the weather, but the cost of living and property taxes are to much. It takes 2 people to work and cant save anything. I am to old for the college town. I go downtown and its so full of young people. I know its a college town . To much drinking and because of the economy, we are seeing more people living with others. I dont understand with all the tourist here, why our taxes are so high. I love the mountains and the weather, but the city has changed alot. If you are into the bars and night life, this town is for you. Wages are low with sky rocket prices. I have owned 4 house here and the taxes keep going up. The food is horrible, not very good restaurants. People are somewhat snobby...and hard to get to know. I hope I am not that way after being here for 20 years. I will leave this place to the young at heart. Its not a bad place to live if you make alot of money. I am sure I will miss it.[read more...]

Normal, IL

Lots to do, but unfriendly people! - 4/17/2014

I agree with the posts regarding the unfriendliness of the Fort & CO in general. There are many positives for Ft. Collins, but if you value personal connections & friendly neighbors it is not a good place. I grew up in San Diego, moved to the Fort 2008-2012 with my parents to attend CSU, & have been living in Normal, IL for 2 years of grad school. I have never been in a state where the people are so strange & distant. The transient nature, increasing new-age movement & the creepy secret military presence contribute to a dark vibe. Good luck making any genuine friends or putting down roots in a spirit-filled church, if that is important to you. My family & I attended 20+ different churches & never found a home church (comparatively, I made multiple friends in IL within my first week, & the first church I attended became my home). In four years there I made maybe 4 good friends, all who moved away after graduation due to the lack of jobs in the Fort. I didn’t like San Diego very much due to fast pace & overcrowding, but at least the people there I could connect with were real & had a depth of character. People in CO always seem to have a glazed-over look in their eye & have their head in the sky, which is appropriate due to the lack of oxygen at that elevation. Also very into their own lives with little concern for strangers who aren’t in their life bubble, and very suspicious of others. A great place if you like the outdoors, but be prepared to share your nature scape with a glut of other people with the same idea. There isn’t really much isolated wilderness left, & you often have to pay to enjoy it. There is a large Hispanic population here & while I loved my Hispanic friends in San Diego, those here tend to let their children run wild & regularly steal merch from Goodwill (my Dad worked there). The Mexican food is nowhere near as good or fresh-tasting as San Diego, for obvious reasons. Fort Collins has changed a lot in the last 2-3 years, and is beginning to become the next Boulder. It used to be the roads were clear & easy in the summer when the students were gone, but now traffic congestion is a year-round problem. Bus system is ok, but could be better. There are also very few jobs unless you work for the university, HP/Avago/Intel, or settle for a sales job (It took my dad 4 years to finally land a part-time graphic design job, & it was even hard for me to find a part-time job while a student). The rent is creeping up due to high demand, & you can’t find anything for under $1100-1200. My parents rent a 3-bedroom house for $1400/mo. They couldn’t move because they couldn’t find another pet-friendly place. All of that being said, the Fort does still have a lot of things going for it (I just happen to value social interaction slightly more highly than amenities - in my mind, who cares if there’s lots to do if you feel isolated?). Old Town is always a great place to hang out, with hidden gems if you know the right alleys to check out. There are 30+ bars with different vibes, so it is hard to get bored if you like to bar-hop (though only really one legit dance club, wish there were more of those). There is an incredible dance scene, particularly swing, blues & salsa (extending down to Denver). Probably the best part is how easy it is to buy fresh, organic food & live green. CSAs & natural groceries abound & I got raw milk from a dairy in Windsor. The local breweries are awesome. There are a lot of hip restaurants & fairly good sushi for being landlocked. It is the most bike-friendly place I have ever lived, with bike lanes & 25 miles of trails. It is the most laid-back of the four main cities (Denver, Boulder, CO Springs & FoCo). Close proximity to snow sports (1.5 - 2.5 hrs). The weather is pretty good, with a lot of sunshine & warm days interspersed between snow storms. Overall I’d rank it 3 out of 10 for interpersonal connection, 9 out of 10 for things to do, & 6.5 out of 10 for affordability/liveability.[read more...]

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Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins is the best - 2/27/2012

Fort Collins is a great city to live in. Good housing, good hospitals, the best university in the State of Colorado and everything else you may need to spend your time - outdoor life, restaurants, entertainment, medical and vet care, great weather; second best veterinary school in the country. Fort Collins is definitely the best place to live. Person that wrote about the "stink" must definitely be thinking about the neighboring city of Greeley, an agricultural area where it does smell like manure year-round; not so Fort Collins.[read more...]

Fort Collins, CO

Love the weather - 2/8/2012

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Arlington, WA

Cohesive community - 7/18/2011

I don't usually reply to posts on line but have been scanning the Fort Collins site in a fit of homesickness... I loved that last comprehensive (and almost encyclopedic!) post about this sweet city. Very accurate in my estimation. I'm one of a bajillion non-natives who adopted Fort Collins as home and never, ever felt dissed or snubbed by the natives... as if I could even figure out who is native and who isn't. Who cares, is a better response to all that. To the contrary, Ft. Collins welcomes visitors, students, and diversity of all sorts. This is a small city that has a center and a cohesive sense of community - something so many places have lost in the sprawl of the second half of the last century, and something, I might add, we will all need again as the problems we have created in the world come home to roost and we have to again turn to each other for support and resources. I think Fort Collins is just about perfect for that sort of lifestyle - not to even mention everything already mentioned in terms of beauty, climate, education and culture, and outdoor fun everyplace you look. Oh, and if you love organic/healthy food you'll find it in stores (food co-op, Whole Foods, and elsewhere) and restaurants; your own garden will succeed here, too, with all the great sunny days. It seems I have not remedied my homesickness at all, now that I think of it![read more...]

Fort Collins, CO

9 out of 10 for its size. 12 yr resident. Comprehe - 7/6/2011

I'm going to try and cover everything I can think of... I have been a Fort Collins transplant since July of 1999. Climate - Beautiful 4 seasons, a few winter snow storms not usually with much accumulation - occasionally a few ft. but then everyone gets a snow day! Temps anywhere from 30s to teens... with occasional negative temps. Spring/Summer occasional thundershowers. Summers anywhere from 80s to high 90s with rare 100s if any. We have breezy days that cool you off when its too hot. Cost of Living - I would say its a little higher than average... Gas is generally about $.25-$.75 cents less than CA but about $.25-$.75 more than places like WY. Groceries are a little more expensive but taxpayers approved a 2.25% tax on groceries that contributes to that. (Speaking of taxpayers... they generally like to increase taxes for silly stuff like parks and recreation.) Rent has recently increased to a level that I consider too expensive for the area. A 2 bdrm apartment is about $900-$1200. (I can't tell you about home ownership other than to say the "rich" areas of town are around 300k and the lower end about 190k.) Utilities I consider to be cheap... coming from CA. Again 2 bdrm apt runs about $50 (frugal) to $100 (above average usage) a month. Crime- Generally not so bad for the population. We've had a few bike/car stealing sprees in the last 12 yrs. A few (major in my eyes) violent crimes. A guy that was entering open windows and molesting women one summer. Then there was a guy that posed as a cop and killed a girl about 8-9 yrs ago. He turned himself in. I know that sounds pretty bad, but seriously in 12 years that is the worst I've seen for crime. There are CSU college parties that get shut down by police sometimes, but in recent years have gotten better. We have many very nice neighborhoods with little crime and a few bad neighborhoods with more crime. There is some gang activity. If Compton is a 10 for gang activity Ft. Collins is a 2. And this behavior is concentrated in those few bad neighborhoods. Politics - I can never tell it varies with all the CSU students. But it may lean more towards democrats. Its close. Religion is mostly Catholic and Protestant. There are a few mega churches in town. The Latter Day Saints are thinking or trying to build a temple here. (I don't know much about it). There is an Orthodox church just outside of town. I think there are a lot of churches in town. Just about all major religions have a meeting place here. Transportation - One of my only Ft Collins pet peeves. No Sunday service and Mon-Sat is 6am-7pm. However, they do cater to the University... during the school year there are later buses but only to areas that have high student population. They've been trying to work on this in recent years but I'm still disappointed. They do have decent disabled services (although they may have made some cuts to it this year). Under 18 is free and Adults are 1.25 per ride or you can buy an annual pass for $154. We have a lot of bike trails and bikers in the community. Social Services - This is a great community for helping those in need. We have 2 homeless shelters that are tucked away and not an "eye-sore" as some would say. There are many social service agencies that help with many needs. Health - Excellent! We have a magnet hospital (not sure what that means LOL) but I have been there many times with kids and adults (I know a lot of accident prone people hehe) and they have always taken very good care of everyone in a timely manner. (even the ones who had trouble paying) There are many excellent Doctor's offices and even low income resources. Additionally, we have excellent disabled resources here. Education - K-12 Average to Above Average with a few free charter schools. Higher Ed - Above Average to Excellent. Community College, University, Several specialty colleges. Costs are reviewed by this website. Last bit... Culture/Recreation/Quality of Life - Excellent!! Horsetooth Reservoir 15 mins away, the best damn DOG PARK in the state of Colorado, awesome parks, a water park for kids, so many biking trails its sick. Tree City! We are a bunch of outdoorsy folks. So many outdoor recreation opportunities within 30 mins I can't list. Culture... I'm not as versed on. We have a newly remodeled arts center for music/plays etc. We have a dinner theater. We have more restaurants per capita than most other cities this size. I can't think of everything but message if you have a specific question on what we have here. Overall... I have lived in Santa Cruz/Felton, CA; Clovis/Fresno, CA; Auburn/Roseville/Sacramento, CA; Watsonville/Moss Landing, CA; Bremerton, WA; Reno, NV; Coos Bay, OR; and Millingon, TN. I've lived in crappy areas and nice areas... Fort Collins is the best place I've ever been. This community has grown so much in the last 12 years, but it has remained a great community. 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Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins - 5/8/2011

Nice place to live but it is very dry and brown in the late summer months.[read more...]

Fort Collins, CO

Will Never Leave once you are there - 4/13/2011

I have lived all over the USA, traveled extensively throughout my career and have intimate knowledge of most of the major cities in the USA. On relocating to Fort Collins about ten years ago, within about 90 days I realized I had found the area that I would stay in for the rest of my life. I could list superlative after superlative about the city, it's environs and it's people, but all you have to do is do an internet search on the city and you will find reams of material on the quality of life here. Ultimately, you do have to make the interactions with those you come into contact with at whatever level you are comfortable with, but it's easy if you try. Incredible city, incredible location, weather is unbelievable....recently 86 on a Saturday and it snowed on Sunday....but that is part of the magic of living here. Great school systems with one of the most educated populations in the USA, not a single area of the city would most people consider to be a poor area, let alone being blighted. You can't go wrong considering living here or relocating a business to this area.[read more...]

Fort Mitchell, KY

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Des Plaines, IL

Another POSITIVE review - 12/23/2010

I am really shocked at some of these responses. I am a teacher in Fort Collins who moved from Chicago and can't disagree more about the comments about rude people. Wherever you go in the world, you'll meet people who are rude, but that doesn't reflect everyone in the town. I can't help but notice all the people who smile and make conversation with you, whether at the cashier, waiting for an emissions test result, etc... People ask you how you're doing and are sincere and approachable. I have not had one rude experience yet, although I am not saying I will never encounter one here. It's just life... Life definitely seems less stressful and the sun is out very often, even in December. Yes, it does get cold, but we have SEASONS, which is priceless to me. If you want warm weather year-round, then FC is not the place for you. It's a modest town with a quaint downtown area and many things to do if you look for them. It's great for kids, and in my opinion, not too big or too small. You can always drive to Denver/Boulder for something different... I highly recommend this place! [read more...]

Fort Collins, CO

Quality of Life - 11/15/2010

Remember the old Norman Rockwell paintings? If you are over 50 you will see FC in that way. If you are of college age there is a good school here, Colorado State University. Fort Collins Is a great place to raise a family, lots of bike trails a vibrant and a revitalised Historic Old Town. Crime is low. There is a nice balance of old and young. I raised my children here, but, I am ready to leave. Not because of problems with the town, just with the winter. If you are arthritic the wind in the cold season will be a disrtaction. One last thing....Great Churches![read more...]

Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins is a great place to live - 11/1/2010

I never post on these comment boards, but after reading some of the negative comments, I felt like I needed to defend my city! I definitely agree that one's perception of Ft. Collins is probably dependent upon where they're coming from. We're originally from the midwest, lived in Jacksonville, Florida for a few years and then moved to Ft. Collins almost 4 years ago. We LOVE it here. Have found it to be extremely friendly compared to Jacksonville. I think a lot of that reason is because people really feel lucky to live here. I got the feeling in Jacksonville that people just felt "stuck" there. There are a lot of transplants here and I think that makes for a friendly community because we chose to be here and we're away from family so we reach out to others quite a bit. Yes, there are the occasional pompous "NATIVE" bumper stickers around, but I've never had a negative run-in with a native. I have met a lot of them and I think it's a tribute to their city and state that they have decided to stay all their lives. The college brings some typical college antics, but it also brings a fresh, young life to Ft. Collins, as well as great bars, restaurants and shops. Coming from the cloudy midwest and the humid south, I love the weather most of the time. You can't beat the sun here. But weather is weather and it sucks at times no matter where you live. I definitely feel that Ft. Collins is growing, but I think they have some exciting plans for the near future. We live in a beautiful, older neighborhood that is walking distance to bike trails, a great park and even a couple of coffee shops. After 4 years I am still in awe of the mountain backdrop and can't ever imagine leaving this town. It feels like home. I wholly recommend this city to anyone who's interested. We ARE friendly. Although you may have to say "hi" once in awhile. It's a two-way street. :) [read more...]

Colorado Springs, CO

Trust the Wisdom of Crowds - 10/9/2010

It seems these forums are always littered with negative opinions of people who had one or two bad experiences. Trust the fact that Fort Collins is consistently rated as a top-rated best place to live among most major news/magazine outlets. There are crappy people everywhere...I'm mystified how people simply chalk this up to the town itself. Fort Collins is world-class when it comes to friendliness, affordability, quality of life, fun, and recreation.[read more...]

Des Plaines, IL

Fort Collins is a great place - 3/23/2010

Although I have only visited FC, I have family there that I have visited and cannot disagree more with the statements I have read here. Why all the negativity? Fort Collins is definitely one of the friendliest and safest towns you'll find. I think so much of perception is based upon choices. For example, if you spend time getting to know your neighbors and being friendly yourself, others will return the gesture. Also, one or two bad experiences reflect human beings more than a place. You will find nasty people everywhere. From what I can say, FC is a great place to live. It is very beautiful, spacious, has plenty of outdoor activities, things to do with pets, family-friendly, and has a nice downtown. People seemed to be happy and much less stressed out than in Chicago. Pace of life is a little bit slower, but not that slow. There are still major technological companies out there (i.e. HP, Intel, etc...). I say thumbs up all the way! I can't wait to move there.[read more...]

Des Plaines, IL

Positive review - 3/23/2010

I was reading the reviews on here, and although I have only visited (plan to live in FC starting July), I had to comment that through my personal experience and from talking to relatives who live in FC, it is def not a "rude" place. In the parks, stores, and just around the neighborhood, everyone said hello to me in passing and seemed very friendly and approachable. It is a spacious and beautiful quaint town with a nice downtown and endless recreational activities. If you love dogs, it is the place to be. [read more...]

Phoenix, AZ

Sad to hear of another pretty place with such ugli - 10/2/2009

I wonder if the people that are so rude ever consider that it is not just their state that pays for their social security checks, etc. when it is time to retire or disability happens. If it was it would be much less and they wouldn't be able to afford to live there either. My husband and I took a job in another beautiful place with ugly attitudes and were promoted right to the top. But decided not to stay anyway. There are days I wish we would have just to look out for the newcomers and give the locals a taste of their own culture but we are better than than that and wouldn't want our children raised around other children that behave that way because thats' not a good example of functioning in society. That's disfunctioning in society:)[read more...]

Cody, WY

Good areas bad areas - 5/3/2009

My wife and I are moving to Fort Collins in the fall of 2009 so that she can go to graduate school at CSU. I was wondering if anyone could tell me where some good places to look for apartments are (good area, bad area) and what construction jobs are like there right now, thanks.[read more...]

Fort Collins, CO

Not a friendly place - 4/29/2009

I moved to Fort Collins, CO in September of 2008 as a job transfer. I have lived all over the southern United States and I have found CO to be one of the most unfriendly places I have ever been. It is unquestionably beautiful here, the climate is great, the views are great and there are lots of recreational things to do. But I have never in my life had such a difficult time connecting with people. They just seem to have the attitude that if you're not from here, you're not welcome. So after only a scant 8 months in the area, I've decided to move back to the South, where people are actually nice and welcome you into a community.[read more...]

Fort Collins, CO

Cost of Living - 4/9/2009

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