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Fort Collins, Colorado - Where renewal is a way of life.

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Honors and Awards

  • 10 Great College Towns to Retire To: Kiplinger - Sep 2014
  • 9th Best Bike City: Bicycling Magazine - Sep 2014
  • America's Safest Driving City: Allstate - Aug 2014
  • 4th most intelligent midsize city: My Life - Jun 2014
  • America's Most Satisfied City: Time - May 2014
  • Timberline Award: Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence - Dec 2013
  • 2nd Best Place for Job Seekers in Colorado: NerdWallet - Dec 2013
  • 2013 Best Towns in America: Outside Magazine - Oct 2013
  • Ranked 7th on Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes - Aug 2013
  • Ranked 2nd on Top 10 Metro Areas for High-Tech Startup Density: Kauffman Foundation - Aug 2013
  • Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community: League of American Bicyclists - May 2013
  • Gold Level Certification: Solar Friendly Communities - Apr 2013
  • 2012 Tree City USA: The Arbor Day Foundation - Apr 2013
  • Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government recognizing the Sustainability Services Area formation: Alliance For Innovation - Mar 2013
  • 4th Healthiest Mid-Size City in U.S.: 2012 Gallup-Healthways Survey - Feb 2013
  • 2012 Project Award Winner, Re-construction of the SH 392 & I-25 Interchange: American Public Works Association, Colorado Chapter - Jan 2013
  • 2012 Top Downtown in the Country: Livability.com - Nov 2012
  • Ranked 3rd on Allstate America's Best Drivers Report: AllState - Sep 2012
  • One of the Ten Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers: Yahoo! Travel.com - Jul 2012
  • Ranked 3rd in the nation on Best Places to Do Business list: Forbes.com - Jun 2012
  • Ranked 11th on America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities: Bicycle Magazine - May 2012
  • Fort Collins-Loveland, Third Skinniest Metro Area on the Well-Being Index: Gallup and Healthways - Mar 2012
  • Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport, winner of two "Best in Colorado" awards: Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association - Mar 2012
  • One of the Top 10 Best Places to Retire: CBS Money Watch - Feb 2012
  • Ranked First, Safest Drivers in America: Allstate Insurance Company - Sep 2011
  • Ranked 3rd on the Best Bicycle Cities list: League of American Bicyclists and TheStreet.com - Aug 2011
  • One of the top 15 Best Places for triathletes to live and train: Triathlete Magazine - Aug 2011
  • Ranked 5th Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes - Jun 2011
  • Fort Collins, One of the Top 10 Cities Adopting Smart Grid Technology: U.S.News and World Report - May 2011
  • Top Colorado City for Job Growth, Fort Collins-Loveland: 2011 Best Cities for Job Growth, newgeography.com - May 2011
  • One of the Top Ten Places to Retire in the Nation: Charles Schwab's On Investing - Apr 2011
  • Third Happiest Metro Region, Fort Collins-Loveland, CO: Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index - Mar 2011
  • 2011 Governor's Arts Award: Colorado Creative Industries and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade - Mar 2011
  • One of the Top 10 Best American cities to invest your real estate dollars in 2011: Trulia.com - Dec 2010
  • Named 5th Most Educated City in the country based on education levels of our adult population: Portfolio.com - Dec 2010
  • Fourth Best State for Business, Colorado: Forbes magazine - Oct 2010
  • One the Top 25 Best Places to Retire: CNNMoney.com - Sep 2010
  • One of the Top 10 Best College Towns: Small-Sized Cities Category, USA Today - Sep 2010
  • One of the top six 'Smarter Cities' for Energy: Natural Resources Defense Council, (population 100,000-249,999) - Aug 2010
  • 6th Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine - Jul 2010
  • One of the Most Underrated Cities in the West: Life.com - Jun 2010
  • One of the Greatest Places to Live in the West: American Cowboy magazine - Apr 2010
  • Ranked 4th Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes - Apr 2010
  • One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations: National Trust for Historic Preservation - Feb 2010
  • Ranked 3rd 'Smarter City' for sustainability: Natural Resources Defense Council - Jul 2009
  • Named one of 10 Great Places for Entrepreneurs to Retire: Forbes - Jun 2009
  • Ranked 1st Best Place to Live and Work for Young Professionals (pop. 100,000-200,000): Next Generation Consulting - Mar 2009
  • Named 2nd Best Metro for Business and Careers: Forbes magazine - Mar 2009
  • Ranked 7th Best Midsize Metro in the nation: bizjournals.com - Mar 2009
  • One of Top 20 Places to Thrive: Best Boomer Towns - Feb 2009
  • Ranked 10th Best-Educated City in America: Forbes magazine - Nov 2008
  • One of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids: Business Week - Nov 2008
  • LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center LEED Gold designation for the Northside Aztlan Community Center: U.S. Green Build Council - Oct 2008
  • Gold level Bicycle Friendly Community: League of American Bicyclists - Sep 2008
  • 2nd Best Place to Live: Money magazine - Aug 2008
  • One of 8 Enriching Towns for Art and Music Lovers: Where to Retire magazine - Apr 2008
  • Named 3rd Best Place for Business and Career: Forbes magazine - Mar 2008
  • Ranked 39th Best Place to Live and Launch a Business: CNN/Money - Mar 2008
  • Top 10 Digital Cities: Center for Digital Government - Sep 2007
  • One of 30 Fast Cities, due to innovation and creativity of workforce: Fast Company magazine - Jul 2007
  • 9th Best Place to Invest in Real Estate: Business 2.0 - May 2007
  • Top 10 College Towns for Grown-Ups: Kiplinger's magazine - Mar 2007
  • Named a Preserve America Community: First Lady Laura Bush - Mar 2007
  • One of America's Most Walkable Small Cities: msn.com - Mar 2007
  • One of the Best Places for Business and Careers: Forbes magazine - Mar 2007
  • Fort Collins listed among the Top 10 College Towns for Grown-Ups: Kiplinger magazine - Mar 2007
  • Fort Collins Ranked 4th among College Towns With Great Golf : Business Week Online (Golf Digest) - Nov 2006
  • Fort Collins came in 9th on "Where to Buy Now": Business 2.0 magazine - Nov 2006
  • #1 Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine - Aug 2006
  • Listed as 23rd among 63 Hot Mid-Sized Cities for Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneur magazine - Aug 2006
  • Fort Collins is one of the 50 Best Places to Live (ranked 34th): Kiplinger's magazine - Jun 2006
  • Seated as the 6th Best Places for Business and Career: Forbes magazine - May 2006
  • Ranked 2nd (moved up from 9th place in 2005) for having the Safest Drivers: Allstate Insurance - May 2006
  • Rated as the 6th most Affordable Communities/Best Places to Raise Your Family: Frommer's - May 2006
  • Fort Collins received the Preserve America Grant: - Mar 2006
  • Fort Collins is one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People: America's Promise - Sep 2005
  • City of Fort Collins earns "Bicycle Friendly Community" national award: League of American Bicyclists - Aug 2005
  • American Dream Town. Fort Collins rated as one of the Best Towns in the U.S.: Outside Magazine - Aug 2005
  • Fort Collins drivers are the ninth best in the nation: Allstate Insurance Company's ("America's Best Drivers Report.") - Jun 2005
  • Fort Collins & Larimer County Named Top Nature-Friendly Communities: - Jun 2005
  • Selected as 4th best place to live in the United States: Men's Journal - Apr 2005
  • City of Fort Collins selected as "Top Retirement Spot": Where to Retire magazine - Apr 2005