Live & Work
Not only is the Northern Colorado region a great place to do business, it’s also a great place for employees to live and work.
Larimer County offers a multitude of housing options within an easy commute to employment centers. You’ll find plenty single-family suburban homes, mountain retreats, farm and ranch properties, and downtown condominiums and apartments, all at a cost of living that’s close to 10 percent less than the national average.
The climate in Northern Colorado is semi-arid, with four distinct seasons and nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. July tends to be the warmest month in the region, with an average daily high temperature of 86.6 degrees. March tends to be the month with the most snowfall, with a little over 12 inches on average. More than two-thirds of the days in any given month are sunny – the summer months have fewer completely sunny days because of the region’s tendency toward cooling afternoon showers, while the winter months actually maintain the highest percentage of sunny days on average.
Northern Colorado is situated almost equidistant between the country’s major east/west Interstates, (I-70 and I-80), right along Interstate 25, which runs almost the entire north/south distance of the country, making road transportation and commuting easy. The area is less than an hour from Denver International Airport, which is the fifth busiest airport in the country. Locally, the Loveland/Fort Collins Airport is home to a number of private aviation companies and provides commercial service to Las Vegas and Phoenix. Rail transportation operated by three rail companies provides freight services among Northern Colorado communities, extending to Denver, Cheyenne, and beyond.
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, home to approximately 27,000 students, is one of the nation’s leading research universities with world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean energy technologies, and environmental science. Front Range Community College, with a campus in Fort Collins, and Aims Community College, with a campus in Loveland, offer associate degrees and certificate programs to train students in emerging industries such as clean energy technology and health information technology. At the K-12 level, both the Poudre (Fort Collins) and Thompson (Loveland) School Districts, which serve the majority of students in Northern Colorado, have highly ranked schools in the state.
Colorado has a healthy population, and Larimer County is ranked the seventh-healthiest in the state. It’s a community that loves outdoor recreation, with ample opportunities for fishing, rafting, hiking, bicycling, boating, and more, all close to the population centers. Paved walking and biking trail systems are standard for Northern Colorado communities – Fort Collins alone has more than 30 miles of paved trails – enabling residents of all ages to safely walk, bike, and enjoy the outdoors. National parks and forests, state parks, county parks, and city parks, as well as designated open space and open land areas, are found throughout the region and are treasured by residents.
In addition to hundreds of primary care physicians and specialists throughout the region, there are two primary healthcare systems in Northern Colorado that attract patients from northeastern Colorado, southwestern Nebraska, and southeastern Wyoming:
- Poudre Valley Health Systems, which operates Poudre Valley Hospital (specializing in orthopedic surgery, neuroscience, cancer, bariatric weight-loss surgery, and women’s and family services) in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies (specializing in heart and trauma care) in Loveland
- Banner Health, which operates McKee Medical Center (specializing in cancer treatment and robotic surgery) in Loveland.
Both provide air ambulance services to transport patients from the rural areas of the region, including the Estes Park Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access acute care facility.
Arts & Culture
Colorado State University provides the backdrop for much of the cultural activity in the region, although during the summer, you’re likely to find more than one festival or event taking place in any of the Northern Colorado communities. The Lincoln Center in Fort Collins is home to the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and attracts theater productions from companies touring nationally. The Budweiser Events Center at the Larimer County Fairgrounds is a 7,200-seat facility home to the Colorado Eagles minor league hockey team, Colorado Ice arena football team, and host for a variety of concerts and special events throughout the year. Loveland is known for its art and outdoor sculpture gardens, and is host to a number of annual art-related shows and festivals, and Estes Park is the place to be the second weekend in September for its Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highlands Festival.