Fort Collins, Colorado Population 2023

177,556

Fort Collins is a city located in Larimer County Colorado. It is also the county seat of Larimer County. With a 2023 population of 177,556, it is the 4th largest city in Colorado and the 157th largest city in the United States.Fort Collins is currently growing at a rate of 1.48% annually and its population has increased by 4.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 169,810 in 2020. Spanning over 58 miles, Fort Collins has a population density of 3,105 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Collins is $87,406 with a poverty rate of 17.7%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Fort Collins is 29.9 years, 29.5 years for males, and 30.3 years for females.

Fort Collins is located on the Cache La Poudre River about 65 miles outside of Denver.

Population Density and Metro Area

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

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Collins was:

  • White: 86.25%
  • Two or more races: 6.09%
  • Asian: 3.38%
  • Other race: 1.71%
  • Black or African American: 1.52%
  • Native American: 0.93%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of Fort Collins, Colorado is 177,556 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 169,810.

Fort Collins, Colorado Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Fort Collins Population by Race

Fort Collins Population Pyramid 2023

Fort Collins Median Age

29.9

Total

29.5

Male

30.3

Female

Fort Collins Adults

There are 136,265 adults, (18,141 of whom are seniors) in Fort Collins.

Fort Collins Age Dependency

40.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Collins Sex Ratio

Female82,92049.93%
Male83,14950.07%

Fort Collins Population by Age

Fort Collins Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.05

Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

55.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Fort Collins Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 84.97%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 44.6%.

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$43,278

Average Earnings

$52,735

Average Male

$35,680

Average Female

Fort Collins Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Collins Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Fort Collins Language

89.34% of Fort Collins residents speak only English, while 10.66% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.21% of the population.

Fort Collins Language

Fort Collins Poverty by Race

rate

17.7%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.05%

Male Poverty Rate

16.78%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Collins

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Other, with 26.45% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Asian, with 14.1% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.24%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.93%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.92%.

Fort Collins Poverty

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Education

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Collins Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Fort Collins Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

39.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.7%

Male Marriage Rate

39.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Collins Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Fort Collins Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Fort Collins Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Fort Collins Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

7,643

Number of Veterans

6,668

Male Veterans

975

Female Veterans

Fort Collins Veterans by War

Fort Collins Veterans by Age

count

Fort Collins Veterans by Race

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.21%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.67%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

70.5%

Labor Force Participation

66.1%

Employment Rate

6%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Collins Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Fort Collins Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Fort Collins Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

38.22%

Born in Fort Collins

91.09%

Native Born

6.71%

Foreign Born

3.95%

Non Citizen

2.76%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.09% of Fort Collins residents were born in the United States, with 38.22% having been born in Colorado. 3.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Fort Collins Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Fort Collins Population by Year