The second most populous city in Larimer County after Fort Collins, Loveland is a business hub for northern Colorado and has received numerous awards in recognition of its
livability. Founded in 1877 along the newly built Colorado Central Railroad, the town was
primarily agricultural up until the 1950s. The economy later diversified with a number of
manufacturing companies and the arrival of the Medical Center of the Rockies. Its location
in the foothills and proximity to the Rocky Mountains make Loveland an attractive base for
active residents who love the outdoors. Recreational opportunities abound. The city also has
several shopping centers, including the Outlets at Loveland. Loveland has a large community of artists, with more than 300 pieces of public art on view around the city. An annual
sculpture exhibition attracts artists and artwork from around the United States each summer.
Loveland is also known for its popular Valentine Re-Mailing Program, in which people from
around the world send their valentines to Loveland to be hand-stamped with a special verse
and postal cancellation before being re-mailed to their intended recipients.
The seat of Larimer County, Fort Collins is located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. It is the fourth most populous city
in the state, with 156,000 residents. The city’s largest employer is Colorado State University, Colorado’s land grant university and a leading research
institution in the fields of infectious disease, atmospheric science and clean energy technologies, attracting high achieving students in the sciences. Fort
Collins is also home to a diverse mix of manufacturing, high-tech, and service-related businesses. The historic downtown hosts a number of festivals
each year and cultivates healthy arts and culture, music and dining scenes. A number of thriving microbreweries call Fort Collins home, including New
Belgium Brewing, and the Colorado Brewer’s Festival is held here each June. The Colorado Marathon, an annual run along the Poudre Valley, ends in
downtown Fort Collins. The area attracts a diverse spectrum of residents who enjoy the outdoors, recreational activities and the city’s entertainment
and cultural options. Money magazine has repeatedly named Fort Collins among the top ten best places to live in the country.
Early development in Windsor centered on farming and the arrival of the railroad.
The scenic setting that attracted early residents continues to appeal today, with views
of Longs Peak and other mountains to the west throughout most of the town. Windsor’s central location near larger population centers in Northern Colorado and its
close proximity to I- 25 have fueled extensive growth in the last few decades. Wind
energy business Vestas operates a turbine factory and several related companies in the
area. Windsor’s abundant outdoor space provides outstanding recreational opportunities. The Cache la Poudre River runs right through the town, and features a bicycle
and pedestrian trail along its banks. Windsor Lake, a small reservoir with a 2.25-mile
bike path, is a popular fishing spot. Residents enjoy access to 25 parks totaling more
than 200 acres. The city also hosts summer concerts, the Windsor Fine Arts Festival
each August, and an annual Labor Day weekend Harvest Festival, with a parade, hot
air balloon rides, and a carnival.
Photo by Dick Knapp/Dick’s Photography
Courtesy of the City of loveland