Community Snapshot

  • Population: 24,451
  • Number of Households: 9,464
  • Labor Force: 10,659
  • Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
  • Median Home Value: $374,761
  • Median Household Income: $86,989
  • Median Disposable Income: $66,795
  • Per Capita Income: $40,759
  • Median Age: 38.9
  • Diversity Index: 29.1
  • HS+ Graduate Rate: 97.73%
  • Sales Tax Rate: 3.95%
  • Town Mill Levy Rate: 12.030

Windsor, Colorado

From the early 1860s, farmers and ranchers were settling near the Cache la Poudre River. Settlements at what became Windsor were named Cache La Poudre or West Poudre Settlement (1859), Halfway House (1860s), Hiltonville (1873), Wellers (1878), London and New London (1882), and Hollister (1882). With the completion of the Greeley Salt Lake and Pacific Railroad between Fort Collins and Greeley in 1881, land owner and founder Edward Hollister began mapping lots for this townsite.

Research shows that the likely origin for the name is from Hollister’s home town of Windsor, New York. The town of Windsor was platted and named in 1882, then incorporated as a town in Weld County in 1890. Agriculture remained the economic center in Windsor.

Sugar Company’s factory opened and doubled in size by 1909. Prior to World War I (1914-1918), all sugar beet seeds were imported from Germany. When war with Germany seemed likely, local sugar beet farmers began successfully producing their own sugar beet seeds. In the late 1940s, Windsor farmers began growing cucumbers for pickling for the Heinz Company. By 1952, Windsor delivered more pickles than any other station east of the Rocky Mountains.

Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.

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The Town of Windsor is a rapidly developing unique community located in the heart of northern Colorado. It is situated between the mountains and the plains, where open sky meets towering peaks. From one center of town to the other, we are 15 miles from Greeley and 17 miles from Fort Collins.

Central Weld County

With a population estimated to reach 188,466 by 2020, this subregion is the most populous of the county. With 62,236 households and an average median disposable income of $47,649, it’s the retail core and offers an attractive mix of lifestyles from medium-sized cities to small rural communities nestled amongst some of the most productive farmland in the country. The average median household income is $58,272, and the average median house value is $205,872. This subregion offers spectacular mountain views and a quality of life with plenty of outdoor recreation, excellent schools, and easy access to two state universities. Developed commercial and industrial sites abound, and the region has seen numerous employers locate or expand, which has produced a vibrant, growing business sector. The region has excellent east/west access via Colorado Highway 14 and U.S. Highway 34, which connect to Interstate 25 and Interstate 76. U.S. Highway 85 provides north/south access, connecting to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Main/short line rail access is ample, and Denver International Airport is about an hour away.


Major Highway Access

North/South demand: Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85

East/West demand: Colorado Highway 392


Denver International Airport: From the center of town, Windsor is within an hour’s drive.

Greeley/Weld County Airport: From the center of town, Windsor is a 25-minute drive.

Fort Collins/Loveland Airport: From the center of town, Windsor is a 15-minute drive.

Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016
Total 15,040
Less than 9th Grade 1.2%
9th-12th Grade, No Diploma 2.2%
High School Graduate 17.0%
Some College, No Degree 21.1%
Associate Degree 11.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.1%
Graduate/Professional Degree 16.1%
Windsor RE-4  School District
Elementary Schools
Grandview Elementary 486
Mountain View Elementary 425
Range View Elementary 699
Skyview Elementary 376
Tozer Elementary 450
Middle Schools
Severance Middle School 530
Windsor Middle School 643
High Schools
Windsor High School 1,385
Charter Schools
Windsor Charter Academy Elementary School 1021
Windsor Charter Academy Middle and Early College High School 1021
Windsor RE-4 School District
Average Teacher Salary $48,172.18
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 17.78/1
Community College Enrollment Fall 2016
   Aims Community College
        All Campus Locations 7,107
   Front Range Community College
        Larimer County Campus 5,321
University Enrollment Fall 2016
   University of Northern Colorado 12,260
   Colorado State University 33,198

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The Town of Windsor’s Economic Development Department exists to diversify, grow, and strengthen the local Windsor economy. Main objectives are to expand the primary employment base and secure retail and service opportunities for residents and industries.

For additional information, contact:

Town of Windsor
Stacy Johnson
Economic Development Director
301 Walnut Street
Windsor, CO 80550

Phone: (970) 674-2414