Fort Collins, Colorado Population 2021

174,081
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Fort Collins is a city located in Colorado. With a 2020 population of 174,081, it is the 4th largest city in Colorado (after , , and ) and the 154th largest city in the United States. Fort Collins is currently growing at a rate of 1.11% annually and its population has increased by 20.90% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 143,986 in 2010. Fort Collins reached it's highest population of 174,081 in 2021. Spanning over 58 miles, Fort Collins has a population density of 3,044 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Collins is $87,406 with a poverty rate of 16.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,346 per month, and the median house value is $367,900. The median age in Fort Collins is 29.3 years, 28.8 years for males, and 29.9 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.9 males.

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: 88.33%
  • Two or more races: 3.99%
  • Asian: 3.47%
  • Black or African American: 1.56%
  • Other race: 1.54%
  • Native American: 1.02%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Fort Collins, Colorado is 174,081, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 168,324.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 143,986.

Fort Collins, Colorado Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021369,3776,2391.69%
2020363,1386,2391.72%
2019356,8996,2391.75%
2018350,6606,5761.88%
2017344,0845,1001.48%
2016338,9845,6811.68%
2015333,3039,2952.79%
2014324,0087,7832.40%
2013316,2255,3831.70%
2012310,8425,5961.80%
2011305,2464,8051.57%
2010300,4410.00%

Fort Collins Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White146,29088.33%
Two or More Races6,6153.99%
Asian5,7483.47%
Black or African American2,5771.56%
Some Other Race2,5441.54%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,6911.02%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1440.09%
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Fort Collins Population by Race

Fort Collins Population Pyramid 2021

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Fort Collins Median Age

29.3


Total

28.8


Male

29.9


Female

Fort Collins Adults

There are 134,508 adults, (17,586 of whom are seniors) in Fort Collins.

Fort Collins Age Dependency

41.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Collins Sex Ratio

Female

82,434

49.78%

Male

83,175

50.22%

Fort Collins Population by Age

Fort Collins Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Collins Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.7%20.3%
All53.4%46.6%
Female41.2%58.8%
Male37.3%62.7%
Non Family32.9%67.1%

53.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Collins Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All64,5992.4453.4
Non Family29,7641.7132.9
Married27,1293.0779.7
Female5,2013.0741.2
Male2,5052.9537.3

2.96

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

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Fort Collins Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9951.02%
9th to 12th Grade2,3712.44%
High School Graduate14,64915.07%
Some College17,22917.72%
Associates Degree8,0618.29%
Bachelors Degree31,37132.26%
Graduate Degree22,55423.20%
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Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White81,67180,06647,131
Hispanic8,9817,5683,073
Asian3,1352,9292,267
Multiple Races2,2742,2261,180
Other Race1,2711,054433
Black1,2451,208500
Native American883788246
Islander6248

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 98.03%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 72.31%.

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$42,964$51,322$35,853
Less Than High School$23,838$31,667$16,868
High School Grad$30,743$34,379$26,135
Some College$35,079$40,786$28,083
Bachelors Degree$45,756$59,866$36,763
Graduate Degree$63,336$82,283$51,447

$42,964

Average Earnings

$51,322

Average Male

$35,853

Average Female

Fort Collins Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Collins Language by Age

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Fort Collins Language

89.20% of Fort Collins residents speak only English, while 10.80% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.17% of the population.

Fort Collins Language

Fort Collins Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White126,23718,92614.99%
Hispanic17,9733,88921.64%
Multiple6,3651,34021.05%
Asian5,37795017.67%
Other2,48153121.40%
Black2,27644919.73%
Native1,58636422.95%
Islander976567.01%

16.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.78%

Male Poverty Rate

16.84%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Collins

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Islander, with 67.01% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is White, with 14.99% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.81%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.31%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.55%.

Fort Collins Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.13%
High School12.52%
Some College11.53%
Bachelors or Greater5.32%

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed44.72%
Male Unemployed38.54%
Female Employed14.78%
Male Employed11.03%

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Collins Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$65,866$87,406
Families$91,522$112,913
Married Families$107,977$127,752
Non Families$41,598$54,884
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Income by Household Type

Fort Collins Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.4%

Male Marriage Rate

40.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Collins Married by Age and Sex

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Fort Collins Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Fort Collins Marital Status by Race

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Fort Collins Marital Status

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7,681

Number of Veterans

6,948

Male Veterans

733

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,256
Second Gulf War2,187
First Gulf War1,479
Korea492
World War II218

Fort Collins Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,667
35 to 541,656
75+1,620
18 to 341,426
55 to 641,312

Fort Collins Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,2686.05%
Hispanic6074.55%
2 or More1664.37%
Black1336.13%
Indian473.52%
Asian280.59%
Other221.15%
Hawaiian1712.50%

Fort Collins Veterans by Race

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

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7.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.58%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

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70.1%

Labor Force Participation

66.2%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Collins Employment by Age

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Fort Collins Employment by Race

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Fort Collins Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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38.63%

Born in Colorado

93.16%

Native Born

6.84%

Foreign Born

4.11%

Non Citizen

2.72%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.16% of Fort Collins residents were born in the United States, with 38.63% having been born in Colorado. 4.11% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021174,0811,9191.11%
2020172,1621,9191.13%
2019170,2431,9191.14%
2018168,3242,7831.68%
2017165,5412,5371.56%
2016163,0042,0131.25%
2015160,9914,1872.67%
2014156,8044,1362.71%
2013152,6683,1602.11%
2012149,5082,8351.93%
2011146,6731,4050.97%
2010145,26826,6162.04%
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 by Year