Fort Collins is a city located in Larimer County Colorado. Fort Collins has a 2023 population of 167,554. It is also the county seat of Larimer County.Fort Collins is currently declining at a rate of -0.29% annually and its population has decreased by -0.87% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 169,032 in 2020.
The average household income in Fort Collins is $96,301 with a poverty rate of 15.66%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Fort Collins is 30 years, 29.5 years for males, and 30.5 years for females.
Fort Collins is located on the Cache La Poudre River about 65 miles outside of Denver.
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.
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 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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Collins was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 72.13%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.51%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
88.98% of Fort Collins residents speak only English, while 11.02% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.72% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Islander, with 24.77% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Native, with 14.06% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.52%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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 35-44.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Fort Collins
91.73% of Fort Collins residents were born in the United States, with 37.8% having been born in Colorado. 4.19% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.