Fort Collins, Colorado Population 2022

174,974
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Fort Collins is a city located in Larimer County Colorado. It is also the county seat of Larimer County. With a 2020 population of 174,974, it is the 4th largest city in Colorado and the 160th largest city in the United States. Fort Collins is currently growing at a rate of 1.50% annually and its population has increased by 3.04% 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 3,060 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Collins is $87,406 with a poverty rate of 15.91%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,373 per month, and the median house value is $398,800. The median age in Fort Collins is 29.3 years, 28.8 years for males, and 29.9 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 Collinswas:

  • 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 174,974 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 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Fort Collins Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White143,23586.25%
Black or African American2,5281.52%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,5520.93%
Asian5,6063.38%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2050.12%
Some Other Race2,8321.71%
Two or More Races10,1116.09%
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Fort Collins Population by Race

Fort Collins Population Pyramid 2022

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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

Age Dependency Ratio

15.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Collins Sex Ratio

Female

82,920

49.93%

Male

83,149

50.07%

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
Married80.6%19.4%
All55.3%44.7%
Female45.9%54.1%
Male37.6%62.4%
Non Family34.4%65.6%

55.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Collins Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All61,5262.5655.3
Married26,6193.1380.6
Male2,5163.2637.6
Female4,4303.3245.9
Non Family27,9611.8534.4

3.05

Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

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Fort Collins Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1461.15%
9th to 12th Grade2,1072.11%
High School Graduate14,93814.96%
Some College17,19517.22%
Associates Degree8,9198.93%
Bachelors Degree31,82131.86%
Graduate Degree23,74223.77%
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Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian3,1792,9052,217
White82,75581,29048,145
Other Race1,6301,385712
2+ Races4,3354,2171,793
Black1,2071,135409
Hispanic9,7918,4143,292
Native American856754212
Islander133123

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 98.23%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 69.74%.

Fort Collins Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$43,278$52,735$35,680
Less Than 9th Grade$26,942$36,107$17,303
High School Graduate$33,376$37,803$26,371
Some College$33,137$38,437$28,989
Bachelors Degree$46,408$59,962$36,457
Graduate Degree$66,418$84,289$54,300

$43,278

Average Earnings

$52,735

Average Male

$35,680

Average Female

Fort Collins Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Collins Language by Age

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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

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander1684627.38%
Black2,19844820.38%
Native1,39725918.54%
Multiple9,5671,75818.38%
Hispanic18,8963,30017.46%
White125,20019,12515.28%
Asian5,16370113.58%
Other642NaN%

15.91%

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 Islander, with 27.38% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Collins is Other, with NaN% 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

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.48%
High School10.78%
Some College11.46%
Bachelors or Greater5.91%

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed10.07%
Male Unemployed41.92%
Female Employed15.67%
Female Unemployed38.76%

Fort Collins Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Collins Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$70,528$91,635
Families$97,296$115,887
Married Families$112,489$130,645
Non Families$44,005$60,399
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Income by Household Type

Fort Collins Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.7%

Male Marriage Rate

39.8%

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 55-64, 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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7,643

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War2,500
First Gulf War1,407
Vietnam2,119
Korea445
World War II179

Fort Collins Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 341,473
35 to 541,773
55 to 641,280
65 to 741,571
75+1,546

Fort Collins Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7,1976.05%
Black1215.73%
Native American372.90%
Asian1312.77%
Islander105.15%
Other Race160.70%
2+ Races1312.00%
Hispanic4813.34%

Fort Collins Veterans by Race

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

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7.21%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.67%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Collins Veterans by Education

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70.5%

Labor Force Participation

66.1%

Employment Rate

6%

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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39.08%

Born in Fort Collins

93.14%

Native Born

6.86%

Foreign Born

4.04%

Non Citizen

2.82%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.14% of Fort Collins residents were born in the United States, with 39.08% having been born in Colorado. 4.04% 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: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19003,0530.00%
19108,2105,15710.40%
19208,7555450.64%
193011,4892,7342.75%
194012,2517620.64%
195014,9372,6862.00%
196025,02710,0905.30%
197043,33718,3105.64%
198065,09221,7554.15%
199087,75822,6663.03%
2000118,65230,8943.06%
2010143,98625,3341.95%
2011146,5682,5821.79%
2012149,1502,5821.76%
2013151,7322,5821.73%
2014154,3142,5821.70%
2015156,8962,5821.67%
2016159,4782,5821.65%
2017162,0602,5821.62%
2018164,6422,5821.59%
2019167,2242,5821.57%
2020169,8102,5861.55%
2021172,3922,5821.52%
2022174,9742,5821.50%

Fort Collins Population by Year