The town of Wellington was an oil, coal and agricultural hub throughout the 1800s and became a stopping location for wagon trains, travelers and military movement between Cheyenne, WY, and Fort Collins, CO. The town was founded in 1902, incorporated in 1905 and named after C.L.Wellington, an employee of the Colorado and Southern Railroad. Wellington is 10 minutes north of Fort Collins and 30 minutes south of Cheyenne. Wellington straddles the intersection of Interstate 25 and Highway 1 in the northeast corner of Larimer County making access to
Wellington quick and convenient for visitors, residents and business needs. Wellington is located north of the City of Fort Collins which is home to a world-class research university (Colorado State University), over 400 restaurants, cultural centers, small specialty shops, large shopping malls, and many other resources and programs.
Wellington is located in a semi-arid zone at an elevation of 5,201 feet above sea level. The climate offers four distinct seasons, where the average annual precipitation is approximately 14 to 17 inches and the growing season is 145 days in length. The summers in Wellington are warm and pleasant, the nights are cool and comfortable with an average year-round humidity level of 35 percent. The average summer temperature (April -September) is 76 degrees daytime and 48 degrees nighttime. Average winter temperature (October -March) is 50 degrees daytime and 23
degrees nighttime. The average winter snowfall averages about 8 inches per month.
Wellington maintained a population of approximately 500 residents until the early 1990s. The population grew from 2,600 in 2000 to over 10,500 in 2018. The potential growth of Wellington is depicted in the graph and considers possible scenarios for growth ranging between 5 and 15 percent. The growth rate from 2015 through 2017 averaged 10% per year.
New housing provides a large diversity of living facilities from single family homes on large lots to multifamily units. Median single-family homes are approximately $321,000 while Town Homes/Condos are approximately $207,000. Families with children are a large part of our growth due to the affordability of housing and the great family environment in Wellington.
Wellington is still maintaining a small-town atmosphere with its agriculture
perimeter and “Old Town” center. Residents comment on the great feel of the Town with its many parks and trails, businesses and activities. The schools in Wellington have an exceptional reputation, both locally and nationally, for the quality and results of their programs. A new high school is planned to be built by 2022. Residents can enjoy this town and still have quick access to Cheyenne, Wyoming north and Ft. Collins, Loveland, and points south, local open space and the mountains without significant traffic delay.
Community activities sponsored by the Town, Wellington Colorado Main Streets Program, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce and local businesses keep the residents and visitors engaged throughout the year. The entire list of activities is outlined within this Community Guide.
Currently, the town covers approximately three square miles, with one-third of that area undeveloped. There is potential for Wellington to grow an additional 13 square miles in the future. The long-range plan for Wellington includes a nucleus of small-town amenities, residential regions, a relatively large area of commercial and light industrial, surrounded by rural housing and agricultural land. The community has an “old town” surrounded by affordable housing.
Businesses are critical for long term sustainability of Wellington from the standpoint of jobs, tax income and meeting the personal needs of the residents. The commercial development in Wellington is growing along with the residential growth. Within the Town limits, four commercial parks totaling approximately 100 total acres, are in various stages of infill. Two of these parks have I-25 visibility. In the last twelve months, approximately 80,000 square feet of commercial floor space has been sold or leased. There are approximately 70 acres of vacant land in the four business parks. A cement railroad siding is two miles away.
Our welcome mat is out for new entrepreneurs and those needing expansion space for their growing business. The Town of Wellington and the Wellington Area Chamber Of Commerce are very business-orientated and supportive to new and existing businesses. The new Town Administrator and his staff are dedicated to making new business development as short and smooth as possible. If you are looking for a location that is accessible and welcoming for both businesses and their employees, you need to look no further. Join us in Wellington!