Recount!

By
Real Estate Agent with Got Real Estate Team

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/top100/

 I was recently shocked when i heard that my Home Town of Fort Collins Colorado did not win as the Number 1 place to live in the country.  Even more shocking was we had been beat by Plymouth MN.  Having spent a summer in MN i was pretty shocked to think a place where mosquito's are the size of bird and the Humidity is 120% (not to even bring into the equation where the heck are the MN mountains?)

Fort Collins Colorado is the Number 1 place to live in the country.  Lets just look at a few stats to support my Re-count demand.

"Of course, this being Minnesota, winter can be brutal: January's average low temperature is about 13°F. But when the mercury plummets, the locals get busy. In February the city hosts a Fire & Ice Festival that includes mini-golf, bowling and basketball - all right on the ice."

Does this sounds like the #1 place to live in the country?  I also did notice that in Plymouth you might make more money (the average Joe does)  But really is 30k worth having to sweat all summer while you fight blood sucking mosquitoes the size of Baseballs and then Winters so cold that the best things to do are all ice related.

According to monstermoving.com where you can compare two cities i think the results are obvious.  i was only going to use the stats that support my arguement but then i thought how much cooler it would be to be totally fair.

Compare Two Cities Results
City #1: Fort Collins, Colorado City #2: Plymouth, Minnesota
Zip #1: 80525 Zip #2: 55442
County #1: Larimer County County #2: Hennepin County
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 Demographics Details  Fort Collins
80525
 
Minneapolis
55442
 
Colorado  Minnesota 
Population View 46,551 14,132 4,800,477 5,212,417
Population Change Since 1990   54.00% 48.00% 46.00% 19.00%
Population Density   1,533 2,424 46 62
Male   23,213 6,903 2,426,039 2,590,395
Female   23,338 7,229 2,374,438 2,622,022
Never Married   9,998 2,444 991,337 1,159,967
Married   21,190 7,297 2,059,744 2,307,318
Separated   917 209 169,065 133,024
Widowed   1,824 366 171,024 238,456
Divorced   3,762 653 407,276 362,159
Number of households View 19,273 5,268 1,880,294 2,067,770
Average Household Size   2.38 2.68 2.50 2.45
Median Age View 33.47 37.77 34.19 36.03

 Income and Jobs Details  Fort Collins
80525
 
Minneapolis
55442
 
Colorado  Minnesota 
Median Household Income View $66,306 $102,413 $58,715 $57,422
Average household Income   $80,567 $113,509 $67,862 $68,862
Per capita income   $34,066 $42,369 $27,310 $28,109
Median Disposable Income   $54,833 $78,721 $48,847 $47,909
Average Total Household Expenditure View $60,048 $77,013 $53,210 $53,932
Sales Tax Rate   6.70% 7.15% N/A N/A
White Collar Jobs View 80.84% 83.08% 78.71% 78.89%
Blue Collar Jobs View 19.16% 16.92% 21.29% 21.11%

 Ethnicity Details  Fort Collins
80525
 
Minneapolis
55442
 
Colorado  Minnesota 
White   42,965 12,375 4,020,425 4,556,910
African American   329 535 170,833 226,562
Hispanic   3,710 279 972,520 203,680
Native American, Eskimo, Aleut   111 42 39,631 55,100
Asian / Pacific Islander   1,189 730 129,905 198,876
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander   36 6 4,549 2,748
Other   1,065 142 298,686 72,957

 Education Details  Fort Collins
80525
 
Minneapolis
55442
 
Colorado  Minnesota 
Less than 9th Grade   406 86 129,075 105,568
Some High School   648 143 206,958 175,200
High School Graduate   5,790 1,169 754,064 956,797
Some College   5,503 1,687 648,546 762,920
Associate Degree   2,193 924 254,221 352,931
Bachelors Degree   10,156 3,630 742,654 747,009
Graduate Degree   6,504 1,835 400,802 354,000

 Climate Details  Fort Collins
80525
 
Minneapolis
55442
 
Colorado  Minnesota 
Average January High Temperature   42.00ºF 23.10ºF 37.82ºF 19.22ºF
Average January Low Temperature   15.30ºF 2.80ºF 9.19ºF -0.82ºF
Average July High Temperature   85.50ºF 82.80ºF 83.73ºF 81.62ºF
Average July Low Temperature   56.90ºF 60.00ºF 51.16ºF 59.05ºF
Annual Precipitation   15.84 30.50 15.85 27.74
Earthquake Risk   46 11 48 12
Weather Risk View 80 63 85 43
Air Pollution Index View 98 91 94 90

 Crime Details  Fort Collins
80525
 
Minneapolis
55442
 
Colorado  Minnesota 
Total Crime Risk   89 45 104 80
Personal Crime Risk View 72 24 71 53
Property Crime Risk View 81 55 109 85

 Residential Details  Fort Collins
80525
 
Minneapolis
55442
 
Colorado  Minnesota 
Average Home Sale Price   $215,000 $288,750 N/A N/A
Homes Owned   12,991 4,482 1,278,479 1,575,533
Homes Rented   6,282 786 601,815 492,237
Vacant Homes   1,935 330 266,617 255,143
Median Dwelling Age (Years)   16 14 24 31
Median Years in Residence   2.63 4.58 2.84 3.68
Annual Residential Turnover   26.53% 16.31% 22.14% 18.61%
Median Travel Time to Work   15.08 21.08 20.30 18.65
Transportation to Work: Public   1.00% 3.00% 3.00% 3.00%
Transportation to Work: Drive / Carpool   89.00% 91.00% 87.00% 88.00%
Transportation to Work: Walk / Bike / Other   4.00% 2.00% 4.00% 4.00%
Transportation to Work: Work at Home   6.00% 4.00% 5.00% 5.00%
Recycling Likelihood Index   98 95 93 90

 
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Comments (2)

Anonymous
Anonymous

You only counted one of Plymouth's 4 zip codes.

Jun 06, 2009 10:58 AM
#1
Marcus Valdez
Berkshire Hathaway Rocky Mountain Realtors - Fort Collins, CO

It shouldn't matter which zipcode.  I didn't only count one.  Money Magazine only counted on zip code.  Plus Humitity and bird sized insects.  i think the choice is clear.  (maybe why fort collins is known as the choice city.)

Jun 09, 2009 12:28 PM