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
White141,624
Two or More Races5,685
Asian4,944
Some Other Race2,992
Black or African American2,476
American Indian and Alaska Native1,269
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander160

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Fort Collins Population Pyramid 2018

5,00010,00015,000 Male Population5,00010,00015,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fort Collins Median Age

29.2


Total

28.7


Male

29.7


Female

Fort Collins Adults

There are 128,822 adults, (16,152 of whom are seniors) in Fort Collins.

Fort Collins Age Dependency

41.3

Age Dependency Ratio

14.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Collins Sex Ratio

Female

79,408

49.90%

Male

79,742

50.10%

Fort Collins Households and Families

Fort Collins Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Fort Collins Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.6%19.4%
All54.4%45.6%
Male44.5%55.5%
Female41%59%
Non Family32.9%67.1%

54.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Collins Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All61,5322.4654.4
Non Family28,0011.732.9
Married26,2903.180.6
Female4,8953.0741
Male2,3463.0544.5

2.99

Average Family Size

2.46

Average Household Size

8.6%

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 Grade1,1331.23%
9th to 12th Grade2,1532.33%
High School Graduate14,07115.25%
Some College17,64219.12%
Associates Degree7,7748.42%
Bachelors Degree29,36431.82%
Graduate Degree20,13621.82%

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White77,87476,35243,807
Hispanic8,8327,2752,584
Asian2,5112,4381,838
Multiple Races1,9591,890910
Other Race1,5141,284426
Black1,1751,138439
Native American756603192
Islander755510

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 98.05%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 73.20%.

Fort Collins Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,969$45,771$34,330
Less Than High School$20,761$29,318$13,792
High School Grad$29,041$31,220$23,545
Some College$32,422$37,107$27,062
Bachelors Degree$42,339$55,764$35,339
Graduate Degree$58,019$74,533$50,091

$39,969

Average Earnings

$45,771

Average Male

$34,330

Average Female

Fort Collins Language

Fort Collins Language by Age

Fort Collins Language

89.41% of Fort Collins residents speak only English, while 10.59% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.45% of the population.

Fort Collins Poverty

Fort Collins Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White122,28019,21815.72%
Hispanic17,5324,03823.03%
Multiple5,5011,05219.12%
Other2,80793833.42%
Asian4,51175716.78%
Black2,19550122.82%
Native1,18129424.89%
Islander895460.67%

17.01%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.44%

Male Poverty Rate

17.59%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Collins

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Islander, with 60.67% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is White, with 15.72% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.40%.

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.09%
High School12.70%
Some College11.21%
Bachelors or Greater5.22%

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.57%
Male Unemployed35.68%
Female Employed14.70%
Male Employed12.24%

Fort Collins Income

Fort Collins Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$60,110$80,591
Families$85,464$104,631
Married Families$99,075$117,940
Non Families$36,999$49,421

Fort Collins Marital Status

Fort Collins Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.2%

Male Marriage Rate

41.8%

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


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Fort Collins Veterans

Fort Collins Veterans by War

7,740

Number of Veterans

7,063

Male Veterans

677

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam2,409
Second Gulf War1,865
First Gulf War1,455
Korea629
World War II373

Fort Collins Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 541,825
65 to 741,764
75+1,747
18 to 341,280
55 to 641,124

Fort Collins Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White7,2586.26%
Hispanic5824.55%
2 or More1584.94%
Black1155.62%
Other994.54%
Asian541.36%
Indian413.86%
Hawaiian159.49%

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

7.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.15%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Collins Employment Status

Fort Collins Employment by Age

70%

Labor Force Participation

65.7%

Employment Rate

5.9%

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

39.52%

Born in Colorado

93.62%

Native Born

6.38%

Foreign Born

3.91%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.62% of Fort Collins residents were born in the United States, with 39.52% having been born in Colorado. 3.91% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.