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Monday, July 14, 2008
MONEY MAGAZINE: FT. COLLINS 2nd-BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN AMERICA
For the second time in a week, Gov.Bill Ritteris cheering another national honor forColorado, this time Money magazine's naming ofFort Collinsas the second-best place to live inAmerica.
"It's extremely rewarding to see this type of national recognition forColoradoand our communities," Gov. Ritter said. "Fort Collinsis one ofColorado's priceless gems. As home toColoradoStateUniversity, innovative businesses and an overall high quality of life,Fort Collinstruly deserves this honor."
"One of the first things you notice about thisRockyMountaincity is that practically every new road has a bike lane. Even the wheelless can get in on the action now thatFort Collinshas a bike library: Residents and visitors can check out a bicycle for up to seven days, free.
"The city'sOldTownhistoric district contains four microbreweries and more than two dozen restaurants. Bioscience and tech companies, including Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Kodak, keep employment opportunities high.ColoradoStateUniversityoccupies a scenic spot in the middle of town. And the city just received a grant from the Department of Energy to start a solar-energy project downtown."
The magazine also cited award-winning health care at Poudre Valley Health System, high-quality public schools and a number of other amenities.
Highlands Ranch, population 102,600, finished 12thout of the top 100 cities ranked by Money. "Just 12 miles southeast ofDenver, Highlands Ranch is a young unincorporated community – only 27 years old this year," the magazine wrote. "Though the area is still unincorporated – you might not find it on a map – community is strong here."
Cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000 were rated on numerous factors, including income, housing prices, cost of living, economy, weather, crime, traffic, schools, quality of life and more.
Money magazine's ranking follows last week's report by CNBC that namedColoradoone of the Top States for Business inAmerica, puttingColoradoat No. 5. CNBC praisedColorado's New Energy Economy, the state's business friendly climate and overall quality of life.
Last month, the Milken Institute ranked Colorado No. 3 in the country for its strong technology sector, citing the state's highly educated workforce and high percentage of scientists and engineers.