Fort Collins, Colorado Population 2018

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 157,000 in 2015.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent census, the racial composition of Fort Collins was 83% White, 3% Asian, 1% Black, 2.5% two or more races, and 10% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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 a large 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017165,0802,7721.71%
2016162,3082,0741.29%
2015160,2344,1762.68%
2014156,0583,9992.63%
2013152,0593,0392.04%
2012149,0202,7291.87%
2011146,2911,2460.86%
2010145,04526,3932.03%
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%

Fort Collins Population in 2018Source: By Wusel007 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White139,296
Two or More Races6,298
Asian4,886
Some Other Race3,282
Black or African American2,308
American Indian and Alaska Native999
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander182

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Fort Collins Population Pyramid 2018

0%5%10%15% Male Population0%5%10%15% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fort Collins Median Age

29.3


Total

28.7


Male

29.9


Female

Fort Collins Adults

There are 127,373 adults, (15,568 of which are seniors) in Fort Collins.

Fort Collins Age Dependency

40.6

Age Dependency Ratio

13.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Collins Sex Ratio

Female

78,930

50.19%

Male

78,321

49.81%

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%
All54.2%45.8%
Male46.5%53.5%
Female42.1%57.9%
Non Family32.4%67.6%

54.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Collins Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All60,1322.4854.2
Non Family26,9741.7232.4
Married26,1623.1179.5
Female4,8813.142.1
Male2,1153.0846.5

3

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Collins Households

Fort Collins Education

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1881.30%
9th to 12th Grade2,2142.43%
High School Graduate13,48914.81%
Some College17,80619.54%
Associates Degree7,7348.49%
Bachelors Degree29,17432.02%
Graduate Degree19,50021.40%

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White76,79075,26143,149
Hispanic8,7017,0672,627
Asian2,5572,4701,716
Multiple Races2,1071,959808
Other Race1,6921,377570
Black1,1001,050422
Native American697568150
Islander997923

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 98.01%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 67.11%.

Fort Collins Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,442$43,357$32,410
Less Than High School$19,760$25,265$14,295
High School Grad$27,652$30,725$22,094
Some College$31,721$36,271$26,552
Bachelors Degree$41,241$54,404$32,814
Graduate Degree$56,486$70,344$47,582

$38,442

Average Earnings

$43,357

Average Male

$32,410

Average Female

Fort Collins Language

Fort Collins Language by Age

Fort Collins Language

89.86% of Fort Collins residents speak only English, while 10.14% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.21% of the population.

Fort Collins Poverty

Fort Collins Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White121,10419,68416.25%
Hispanic16,8504,16424.71%
Multiple6,0561,38622.89%
Other3,0311,06635.17%
Asian4,54885318.76%
Black2,06952325.28%
Native93027729.78%
Islander1316348.09%

17.83%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.14%

Male Poverty Rate

18.51%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Collins

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Islander, with 48.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is White, with 16.25% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.43%.

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.15%
High School12.85%
Some College11.29%
Bachelors or Greater5.23%

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.50%
Male Unemployed36.05%
Female Employed15.51%
Male Employed13.24%

Fort Collins Income

Fort Collins Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$57,831$78,408
Families$82,237$101,996
Married Families$93,608$114,728
Non Families$35,318$47,071

Fort Collins Marital Status

Fort Collins Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.9%

Male Marriage Rate

42.0%

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 Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Fort Collins Marital Status by Race

Fort Collins Veterans

Fort Collins Veterans by War

7,800

Number of Veterans

7,243

Male Veterans

557

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam2,553
Second Gulf War1,702
First Gulf War1,389
Korea695
World War II447

Fort Collins Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 542,034
75+1,753
65 to 741,724
18 to 341,157
55 to 641,132

Fort Collins Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,3036.39%
Hispanic5604.49%
2 or More1504.05%
Black1337.21%
Other1024.27%
Asian691.77%
Indian242.78%
Hawaiian1911.66%

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

6.83%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.65%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Collins Employment Status

Fort Collins Employment by Age

70.1%

Labor Force Participation

65.2%

Employment Rate

6.6%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Collins Employment by Race

Fort Collins Employment by Education

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

39.56%

Born in Colorado

93.84%

Native Born

6.16%

Foreign Born

3.68%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.84% of Fort Collins residents were born in the United States, with 39.56% having been born in Colorado. 3.68% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.