Fort Collins Population 2017

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 Change
2015 161,175 11.90%
2010 143,986 21.40%
2000 118,652 35.20%
1990 87,758 34.80%
1980 65,092 50.20%
1970 43,337 73.20%
1960 25,027 67.60%
1950 14,937 21.90%
1940 12,251 6.60%
1930 11,489 31.20%
1920 8,755 6.60%
1910 8,210 168.90%
1900 3,053 0.00%

Fort Collins Population in 2017 Source:

Fort Collins Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 133,068 88.93%
Black or African American 2,284 1.53%
American Indian and Alaska Native 795 0.53%
Asian 4,252 2.84%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 206 0.14%
Some Other Race 3,531 2.36%
Two or More Races 5,491 3.67%

Population Pyramid