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Situated in beautiful Northern Colorado in the plains at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the Town of Wellington is a peaceful, family-oriented community poised for growth.
Known as “Colorado’s Northern Gateway,” Wellington is located between two state capitals: Denver, CO, and Cheyenne, WY, at the intersection of I-25 and CO SH 1 in the northeast corner of Larimer County. Wellington is growing beyond its identity as a bedroom community and into a mature town in its own right.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, Wyoming and Fort Collins, Colorado. 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 located at the intersection of Interstate 25 and Highway 1 in the northeast corner of Larimer County and sits at an elevation of 5,201 feet above sea level.
Wellington’s climate offers 4 distinct seasons, located in a semi-arid zone, the average annual precipitation is approximately 13.6 inches with a growing season 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%.
Wellington was the childhood home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White who frequently returned to the town for high school reunions later in his life.
Wellington maintained a population around 500 throughout the 20th century and grew to about 1,000 until the early 2000s. Today, Wellington is home to a population of nearly 12,000 residents.
Today the town is known for parades, its 4th of July celebration, bike riding, restaurants, and a community spirit only seen in small towns. In 2005, the Wellington Centennial was celebrated.
Population: 9,272 (2019)
Population Growth 2018-2019: 8.8%
Population Density: 2,875/sq mi (2010)
Elevation: 5,200 ft
Area: 3.6 sq mi
School District: Poudre
K-12 Schools: 3 public schools
Fun Fact: Wooly mammoth remains were found near Wellington in 2000.