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 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%
2010145,04526,39322.24%
2000118,65230,89435.20%
199087,75822,66634.82%
198065,09221,75550.20%
197043,33718,31073.16%
196025,02710,09067.55%
195014,9372,68621.92%
194012,2517626.63%
193011,4892,73431.23%
19208,7555456.64%
19108,2105,157168.92%
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

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Fort Collins Median Age

29.3


Total

28.7


Male

29.9


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 133,715 adults 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 Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.7
Houses Without Mortgage
8,132
Houses With Mortgage
24,433
Vacancy Rate
3.6
Median Rent
1,120
Median Home Value
285,400
Renter-Occupied Units
27,567
Owner-Occupied Units
32,565
Total Housing Units
62,383

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Fort Collins for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.6% and the labor force participation rate is 70.1%.

Fort Collins Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.48
Average Family Size
3
Total Households
60132
Married Couple Households
26162
Male Householder (no wife) Families
2115
Female Householder (no husband) Families
4881
Non Family Households
26974
Total Families
33158
Households With Own Children
15510
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
8
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.5

Fort Collins Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
4,497
$10,000 to $14,999
2,640
$15,000 to $24,999
6,171
$25,000 to $34,999
5,121
$35,000 to $49,999
8,520
$50,000 to $74,999
9,608
$75,000 to $99,999
8,190
$100,000 to $149,999
8,737
$150,000 to $199,999
3,764
Over $200,000
2,884

Fort Collins Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Fort Collins

Colorado

$57,831

$62,520

$78,408

$84,384

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.0450.090.1350.18

Fort Collins Education Data

Fort Collins Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
1,1881.30%
9th to 12th Grade
2,2142.43%
High School Graduate
13,48914.81%
Some College
17,80619.54%
Associates Degree
7,7348.49%
Bachelors Degree
29,17432.02%
Graduate Degree
19,50021.40%