Fort Collins, Colorado

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Originally, the city of Fort Collins was just a United States Army outpost called Camp Collins, which was created during clashes with Native Americans in the mid-1860s.  Camp Collins’ aim was to protect the Overland mail route.  It was named after Colonel William O. Collins, the commandant of Fort Laramie in southeast Wyoming.  Fort Collins was initially commissioned in 1864.  It was officially incorporated on February 12th, 1883.

Modern day Fort Collins, according to a 2014 US census report, has a population of 156,480 people.  This makes it the fourth most populous city in the state of Colorado.  Fort Collins is also the county seat and most populous municipality of Larimer County.  Larimer County, according to that same 2014 census report, has a population of 324,122 people.

Interestingly, along with Marceline, Missouri, Downtown Fort Collins inspired the design of “Main Street, U.S.A.”, which is one of the main attractions in theme parks run by The Walt Disney Company.

Fort Collins is also known for its safe drivers.  In fact, in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014, Allstate ranked the city as the No. 1 safest location for drivers in their annual “America’s Best Drivers Report.”

The two largest industries in the Fort Collins area are the manufacturing industry and the high tech industry.  Manufacturers with strong presences in the city include Woodward Governor, Anheuser-Busch, and Otterbox.  Local high tech companies with significant ties to the area include Hewlett Packard, Intel, AMD, Avago, Beckman Coulter, National Semiconductor, LSI, Pelco, and Rubicon Water.

The largest employer in Fort Collins, though, is Colorado State University.  CSU employs 6,948 people, serving 32,236 students (as of Fall 2015).  Colorado State University began operation as Colorado Agricultural College in 1870, but today it is Colorado’s land grant university.  CSU is also considered the flagship university of the Colorado State University System.  CSU encompasses eight colleges with 55 academic departments.  It has a $284.4 million endowment.

These aren’t the only attractions in the Fort Collins area, of course.  In fact, Fort Collins Lincoln Center, which was founded in 1978, is home to the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra.  Fort Collins is also a hub for micro brewing companies such as the New Belgium Brewing Company, the Odell Brewing Company, Equinox Brewing, Funkwerks, Horse & Dragon Brewery, Zwei Bruder Brewing, and 1933 Brewing.  Brewing is such a large part of Fort Collins culture that the city holds the annual Colorado Brewer’s Festival, featuring 45 Colorado brewers and attracting 30,000 attendees.

The Colorado Marathon is an annual marathon, which runs down Poudre Valley before finishing in Downtown Fort Collins.  Fort Collins also has a museum, which was established in 1941, and focuses on the local area’s history and culture.

Fort Collins’ sports scene is dominated by the Colorado State University Rams, who compete in Division I of NCAA athletics.  In fact, CSU’s football team, who started playing in 1893, play their home games at Sonny Lubick Field and have 7 bowls to their name.  The Colorado State Basketball Rams play in Moby Arena and have appeared in ten NCAA March Madness Tournaments.

Do you own a small business in the Fort Collins area?  Are you by any chance thinking about starting up one?  These resources could prove beneficial to you and your small business:

Apply for a Business License in Fort Collins

Opening a Business in Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce