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 165,080 in 2018.
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 29.2 years, 28.7 years for males, and 29.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.4 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 64,038 households in the city, with an average size of 2.46 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%, with a median rent of $1191/month. The median house has 5.7 rooms, and has a value of $308,800.
The median income for households in Fort Collins, Colorado is $60,110, while the mean household income is $80,591.