Fort Collins is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Colorado. With a population of 170,243 people and 46 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Collins is the fourth largest community in Colorado.
Housing costs in Fort Collins are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Colorado.
Fort Collins is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Fort Collins is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Collins who work in management occupations (11.01%), office and administrative support (10.18%), and sales jobs (9.84%).
Also of interest is that Fort Collins has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.02% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Fort Collins is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Fort Collins has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Fort Collins enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Fort Collins.
Not only is Fort Collins a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Fort Collins is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Fort Collins a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
If knowledge is power, Fort Collins is a pretty powerful place. 55.46% of the adults in Fort Collins have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Fort Collins in 2018 was $34,482, which is upper middle income relative to Colorado and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $137,928 for a family of four. However, Fort Collins contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Fort Collins is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Collins home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Collins residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Fort Collins also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Collins include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Fort Collins is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.