Wellington, located 10 miles north of Fort Collins, is the northernmost Colorado town along Interstate 25 before crossing into Wyoming. Offering a tight-knit community and small town feel, Wellington features a historic downtown, relaxed environment, and diverse community programs. Wellington’s affordable housing, available work force and low development costs position the town for continued growth.
Known for its parades, Fourth of July celebration and outdoor recreation, Wellington boasts an abundance of community pride. For outdoor lovers, Smith Lake State Wildlife Area and Wellington State Wildlife Area are nearby spots for wildlife viewing, hiking and hunting. Close proximity to dozens of lakes and Roosevelt National Forest provide access to outdoor activities, and the vast spaces north of the town are ideal for biking and stargazing. Residents enjoy a disc golf course and nine parks including Wellington Community Park, which opened in the fall of 2015. Its award-winning school system has received state and national accolades, also making Wellington a great place to raise a family.
Population: 8,651 (2020 estimate)
Climate: Over 300 days of sunshine per year.
Geography: 12 miles north of Ft. Collins; 37 miles northwest of Greeley. 25 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Median Household Income: $89,100 (2020 estimate)
Wellington has four parks, offers youth basketball and adult volleyball and has a disc golf course. A nearby wildlife refuge and abundant fishing offer Wellingtonians excellent outdoor activities. The foothills and mountains are only minutes away, as is Horsetooth State Park which is a Northern Colorado boating mecca.
University of Colorado Health’s Award-winning PoudreValley Hospital, Harmony Campus and Medical Center are within a 20-minute drive. Quality specialists in virtually all areas are available in Fort Collins or within the University of Colorado Health.
Agriculture remains the primary industry with vegetables, grain crops, sugar beets, alfalfa and cattle as major commodities. However, Wellington is a bedroom community of Fort Collins and shares in its diverse economy on the strength of companies such as brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, Woodward, Hewlett-Packard, the Rawhide Power Plant, Intel, University of Colorado Health, New Belgium Brewery, and Advance Tank, an industrial construction company that builds welded steel tanks and other plate structures.
Eyestone and Rice elementary schools allow younger students to study within their community. Middle and High school students attend Wellington Middle-High or Poudre High School in Fort Collins.