has written 5 SperlingViews. Currently, Laura is living in Fort Collins, CO and has a little something to say:
|Life Stage:||Empty Nester|
|Location:||Fort Collins, CO|
|Occupation:||Administrative and Support Services|
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re: Stinky Town - 8/6/2007 Posted On: 7/6/2011 10:26:26 PM
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.
re: It is nice but... - 11/9/2008 Posted On: 7/6/2011 10:09:30 PM
Having lived here for 12 years I can tell you the crime rate is low. I don't know where you found the information about our crime rate, but if there is any truth to it, its petty crime. I do a lot of traveling to and from California and Fort Collins and the people here are much more courteous here, even with all the growth.
re: Not a friendly place - 4/29/2009 Posted On: 7/6/2011 10:03:28 PM
Well you must have met the wrong people, I wonder what part of town you lived in?
re: Sad to hear of another pretty place with such Posted On: 7/6/2011 10:00:27 PM
This doesn't even make sense. What ugliness is deb trying to explain? social security checks? I'm confused. Regardless, maybe someone treated these folks poorly once... but Fort Collins has great people.
9 out of 10 for its size. 12 yr resident. Comprehe Posted On: 7/6/2011 9:52:39 PM
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.
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. People are mostly very nice here(of course with all cities there are a few idiots) and its a slower paced city.
Let me know if you have questions!!