Fort Collins, Colo.

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Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, boasts a high quality of life. The city maintains an educated population, low unemployment, and many entertainment options not uncommon for a college town. Compared with many other small metros, Fort Collins shows relatively low dependency on cars, with a high volume of bicycle traffic. Entertainment ranges from microbreweries to the historic Old Town. With Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park conveniently located to its west, Fort Collins may be an especially attractive option for outdoor enthusiasts.

#6 Fort Collins, Colo.

POPULATION: 323,918
STUDENTS: 46,968
RANKING DETAIL:
#5 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#19 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#11 CITY ACCESS
#3 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#3 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#8 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#5 LABOR FORCE
#3 INNOVATION
#17 RENT

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