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Old 06-16-2018, 04:19 PM
 
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I know they are fairly close. Why Fort Collins as a place to retire vs Cheyenne? I havenít visited either yet, just doing research. Home prices appear to be a lot less than Cheyenne plus no income taxes. Is Cheyenne just not as desirable?
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Old 06-17-2018, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Eastern Colorado
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Cheyenne and Fort Collins are totally different towns. Cheyenne is more conservative, has a huge government and military presence, and not much else. Cheyenne is also much farther from the mountains and does not have near the views that Fort Collins has. People prefer one or the other usually, but until you visit them than you will not understand.
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Old 06-17-2018, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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There are some big differences between the two. What type of retirement are you looking for? Activities beyond those listed? Access to healthcare and any special needs to support? Ft Collins has a sizeable college population with CSU, is that a concern?
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:23 AM
 
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I’m looking for lots of activities, restaurants, shopping, walking trails, less conservative, sizeable retiree population, friendly people, and great walkable downtown.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I’m looking for lots of activities, restaurants, shopping, walking trails, less conservative, sizeable retiree population, friendly people, and great walkable downtown.
Then if these are your only two choices Fort Collins is the clear winner. It's bigger, has more amenities, is less conservative, and is closer to the mountains than Cheyenne.

The Wyoming of today is the Colorado of a half-century ago. That gap is widening, too, because Wyoming's growth is much slower than Colorado's. The state's handcuffed by a one-dimensional economy that's almost completely dependent upon mineral and energy extraction.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:35 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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with your desires, Ft Collins fits better than Cheyenne.

Also look at Loveland (for a smaller / more retiree centric version)

Don't miss Estes Park, if you are active 'recreation' retiree. (Many retiree volunteers in RMNP).

If U R an older version of retiree, Loveland / Windsor / Ft Collins is more weather / medical / activities accessible.

If you are starting your search 'cold turkey'... many Loveland / Ft Collins retirees end up living in NM (SFe / ABQ / LC) and AZ (Tuscon and SE) (similar but better climate (year-round)
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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OP - Post the same question on the WY forum to get their thoughts and perspectives as well.

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Old 06-18-2018, 02:56 PM
 
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Not to knock Cheyenne, as I don 't know it well and have only been there twice, it seems depressing to me. As others have said, it's far removed from the mountains and seems to not have much in the way of recreation, restaurants and other activities. It also seems rather run down in many places.

Ft Collins/Loveland on the other hand is a more lively area, growing with lots of recreation, closer to the mountains and just a thriving place overall. I think the choice is clear, but you will need to visit both.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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Since the OP alluded to retirement, there could be benefits to Cheyenne, especially if cost of living is important, and needing to stretch one's retirement savings. Home prices were also mentioned.
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:39 PM
 
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of the parameters listed by the OP, Fort Collins is by far and away the leader between the two.
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