These Are The 10 Best Fort Collins Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 18 places around Fort Collins to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Fort Collins suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Fort Collins are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Lyons, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Fort Collins ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Fort Collins for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Fort Collins was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Fort Collins.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 19 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Collins.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 19 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Fort Collins.” We’re lookin’ at you, Lyons.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Lyons, CO

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Population: 2,085
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $97,917
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Lyons: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lyons is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fort Collins area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Lyons.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $97,917 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Fort Collins region. And only 3.5% are out of work. Homes average more than $462,100 each.

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Population: 2,422
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $122,083
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Timnath: Real Estate | Data

Timnath is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Fort Collins for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Wellington, CO

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Population: 7,941
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $86,190
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Wellington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Wellington, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Fort Collins metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Wellington.

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Population: 3,816
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,586
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Severance: Real Estate | Data

Severance ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fort Collins for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Severance and the schools are some of the best around.

Windsor, CO

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Population: 23,386
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $90,699
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Windsor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Windsor.

Windsor gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Fort Collins area, where houses sell for an average of $348,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Firestone, CO

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Population: 12,282
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $94,545
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Firestone is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.3% which is 12th best in the area.

According to online reports, Firestone is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Fort Collins area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Eaton, CO

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Population: 4,931
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $75,265
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Eaton.

Eaton schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 18.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Mead, CO

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Population: 4,315
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $91,705
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
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Mead is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.8% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Estes Park, CO

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Population: 6,248
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,025
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Estes Park?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Milliken, CO

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Population: 6,362
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $77,840
Unemployment Rate: 0.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Milliken.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Fort Collins ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Fort Collins, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Fort Collins Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Lyons 2,085 $97,917
2 Timnath 2,422 $122,083
3 Wellington 7,941 $86,190
4 Severance 3,816 $96,586
5 Windsor 23,386 $90,699
6 Firestone 12,282 $94,545
7 Eaton 4,931 $75,265
8 Mead 4,315 $91,705
9 Estes Park 6,248 $53,025
10 Milliken 6,362 $77,840
11 Loveland 74,125 $61,133
12 Longmont 91,730 $66,349
13 Berthoud 6,018 $67,427
14 Johnstown 8,358 $47,071
15 Platteville 2,664 $63,929
16 Ault 2,054 $53,047
17 Evans 19,967 $54,410
18 La Salle 2,754 $52,269
19 Greeley 100,760 $52,887

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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