Fort Collins, Colorado Population 2020

167,830

Fort Collins is the county seat and largest city in Larimer County, Colorado. Located on the Cache La Poudre River about 65 miles outside of Denver, Fort Collins has a population estimated at 167,830.

Population Density and Metro Area

The city proper has a population density of 2,653 people per square mile (984/square kilometer). The Fort Collins-Loveland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a population estimated at 310,500. The Front Range Urban Corridor -- an area stretching from Pueblo, Colorado, and north to Cheyenne, Wyoming -- includes the Denver- Aurora-Lakewood MSA, the Colorado Springs MSA, the Fort Collins MSA, the Pueblo MSA, the Greeley MSA, the Canon City CSA, and the Cheyenne MSA. This corridor has a population of 4.49 million.

Fort Collins is the 4th largest city in Colorado behind Denver, Colorado Springs, and Aurora. This college city has been named as one of the top 10 places to live several times. In 2006, the city was ranked as the best place to live by Money magazine for its excellent school districts, high-tech job market, low crime rates, and outdoor life. It was also called "America's Safest Driving City" by Allstate Insurance as Fort Collins drivers go 14 years between collisions on average. It's also known as one of the cities that inspired the design of Disney's Main Street, USA entrances to its theme parks.

Fort Collins Age and Culture Statistics

Much of the city's culture centers on Colorado State University, and this has also led to a very young population. Almost 22% of the population is under 18 while 32% is between 25 and 44. The median age is 28.

The city also has an extensive beer culture with many microbreweries like Funkwerks, the Odell Brewing Company, the New Belgium Brewing Company, and the Fort Collins Brewery.

Fort Collins Population Growth

Fort Collins is growing rapidly at 2% per year and its growth rate is currently outpacing the state and county rate. According to the census bureau, Fort Collins and Greeley, CO were some of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States in 2014. The Fort Collins-Loveland metro area was the 12th fastest-growing metropolitan region in the country between 2013 and 2014. In one year, over 14,000 people moved to Northern Colorado due to the universities, a strong economy, and gas and oil jobs.

Fort Collins, Colorado's estimated population is 167,830 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Fort Collins, Colorado is the 4th largest city in Colorado based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 3001.60 people/mi² (1158.92 people/km²).

The overall median age is 29.1 years, 28.7 years for males, and 29.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.8 males.

The median income for households in Fort Collins, Colorado is $, while the mean household income is $.

Fort Collins Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Collins was:

  • White: 88.94%
  • Two or more races: 3.51%
  • Asian: 3.43%
  • Black or African American: 1.59%
  • Other race: 1.58%
  • Native American: 0.85%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%

How Many People Live in Fort Collins, Colorado?

167,830
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018167,8302,7311.65%
2017165,0992,5161.55%
2016162,5831,9781.23%
2015160,6054,1472.65%
2014156,4583,9962.62%
2013152,4623,0722.06%
2012149,3902,7881.90%
2011146,6021,3350.92%
2010145,26726,6152.04%
2000118,65230,8943.06%
199087,75822,6663.03%
198065,09221,7554.15%
197043,33718,3105.64%
196025,02710,0905.30%
195014,9372,6862.00%
194012,2517620.64%
193011,4892,7342.75%
19208,7555450.64%
19108,2105,15710.40%
19003,0530.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018350,5186,5251.86%
2017343,9935,0671.47%
2016338,9265,6171.66%
2015333,3099,2482.77%
2014324,0617,8032.41%
2013316,2585,4021.71%
2012310,8565,6191.81%
2011305,2374,7871.57%
2010300,4500.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White144,53388.94%
Two or More Races5,6993.51%
Asian5,5783.43%
Black or African American2,5791.59%
Some Other Race2,5721.58%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,3830.85%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1670.10%

Fort Collins Population Pyramid 2020

Fort Collins Median Age

29.1


Total

28.7


Male

29.5


Female

Fort Collins Adults

There are 131,493 adults, (16,715 of whom are seniors) in Fort Collins.

Fort Collins Age Dependency

41.6

Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

27

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Collins Sex Ratio

Female

80,936

49.80%

Male

81,575

50.20%

Fort Collins Households and Families

Fort Collins Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fort Collins Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.5%20.5%
All53.1%46.9%
Male45.7%54.3%
Female41.8%58.2%
Non Family31.3%68.7%

53.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All62,7962.4653.1
Non Family28,6491.7131.3
Married26,5503.0979.5
Female5,1243.1241.8
Male2,4732.9445.7

2.98

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

8.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Collins Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0861.15%
9th to 12th Grade2,2192.35%
High School Graduate14,09114.95%
Some College17,77018.85%
Associates Degree7,7078.18%
Bachelors Degree30,23632.08%
Graduate Degree21,15522.44%

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White79,07577,57945,334
Hispanic9,0807,5732,744
Asian2,9262,7552,018
Multiple Races2,0832,035994
Other Race1,2751,053413
Black1,1821,158485
Native American796704219
Islander7251

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 98.11%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 68.97%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,830$47,890$34,845
Less Than High School$22,077$27,312$15,712
High School Grad$28,826$30,502$25,343
Some College$33,234$38,341$27,015
Bachelors Degree$43,833$59,381$35,384
Graduate Degree$61,549$80,521$50,438

$40,830

Average Earnings

$47,890

Average Male

$34,845

Average Female

Fort Collins Language

Fort Collins Language by Age

Fort Collins Language

89.00% of Fort Collins residents speak only English, while 11.00% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.53% of the population.

Fort Collins Poverty

Fort Collins Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White123,83319,20615.51%
Hispanic18,4663,96921.49%
Multiple5,4931,07519.57%
Asian5,1421,03320.09%
Other2,45872329.41%
Black2,31251922.45%
Native1,27831524.65%
Islander925761.96%

16.78%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.57%

Male Poverty Rate

16.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Collins

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Islander, with 61.96% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is White, with 15.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.86%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.54%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.08%
High School12.71%
Some College11.09%
Bachelors or Greater5.86%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.06%
Male Unemployed36.90%
Female Employed14.21%
Male Employed12.18%

Fort Collins Income

Fort Collins Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$62,132$82,777
Families$86,858$106,991
Married Families$101,255$120,435
Non Families$39,165$51,414

Fort Collins Marital Status

Fort Collins Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.5%

Male Marriage Rate

41.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Collins Married by Age and Sex

Fort Collins Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Fort Collins Marital Status by Race

Fort Collins Veterans

7,560

Number of Veterans

6,817

Male Veterans

743

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,320
Second Gulf War1,870
First Gulf War1,378
Korea550
World War II286

Fort Collins Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,1606.06%
Hispanic5664.19%
2 or More1664.99%
Black1085.01%
Other472.63%
Asian330.71%
Indian333.06%
Hawaiian138.02%

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

7.85%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.88%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Collins Employment Status

70.1%

Labor Force Participation

65.9%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Collins Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

39.15%

Born in Colorado

93.38%

Native Born

6.62%

Foreign Born

4.14%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.38% of Fort Collins residents were born in the United States, with 39.15% having been born in Colorado. 4.14% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.