Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Helpfulness: 3.00 |
Name: | Age: 22 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 80521 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2006-10-21
Artisticness: 4 Calmness: 5 Helpfulness: 5 Intelligence: 2 Neatness: 5 Outgoingness: 4
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When asked if I like Fort Collins, my automatic answer tends to be simply, "Yes!" However, when asked to actually think about it, I'm afraid my answer only gets more enthusiastic. The people here are, for the most part, some of the friendliest in the country. I've been to approximately Three quarters of the United States, and nowhere else do I find such a high percentage of people even willing to nod or tip their hat to you in a polite hello, or a friendly wave.
However, there are a few things I dislike about Fort Collins. It's nickname, if you don't already know, is "Vanilla Valley" for it's predominantly caucasian population. Although in recent years diversity here in FTC has grown, it's still got some work to do.
Some of my favorite places to visit in FTC are one of the many open parks, going to a football game at Hughe's Stadium to cheer on the Colorado State Rams, climbing at Horsetooth Rock, swimming in the Resevoir, or spending a day strolling around Old Town, shopping, and having a patio lunch and a beer at Cooper Smith's, or a dinner at Beau Jeau's, home of the TRUE Mountain Pie Pizza.
In recent years, the cost of living here in Tree City (As it's fondly known for it's green, tree-lined streets) has escalated, as in most growing cities around the USA. Fort Collins was named one of -the- most desirable cities to live in last year, and as such has attracted not only more residents, but a higher quality (and thus more expensive) business profile. However, if you know where to look, you can get great quality products and living quarters at even greater prices.
Fort Collins is one of the safest places I've ever lived. The crime rate is extremely low, and if you stay away from the University, where all the influx of college students usually is, it's even pretty mellow driving!
Ask anyone in FTC how the the weather is, and you'll get many responses. One of the most common ones though, is "It's CRAZY!" It can start out the day snowing, an hour later it can be 80 degrees outside, and by the end of the day, there can be 3 inches of snow on the ground! It's not usually -that- varied, but temperatures and such do tend to change rapidly, as this is a semi-arid 'desert' area, nestled in the foothills of the blue Rocky Mountains. However, any Coloradoan (and anyone who's lived here more than a month!) will tell you that most weather changes around here can be easily managed with a light windbreaker and removable clothing layers!
Having lived in Fort Collins most of my life, and having moved elsewhere after high school, I found myself coming back to this cheery little city each time. FTC is a beautiful, wonderful place to live, and it is home; always has been, always will be.