Fort Collins, CO


Highest Appreciating Fort Collins Neighborhoods Since 2000

Fort Collins, CO Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Fort Collins Housing Market Information

With 161,175 people, 58,918 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $343,404, real estate costs in Fort Collins are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Colorado communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Fort Collins, accounting for 56.41% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Fort Collins include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 24.54%), row houses and other attached homes ( 8.56%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.77%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Fort Collins are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 51.21% owning and 48.79% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Fort Collins built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Fort Collins built between 2000 and later ( 22.41%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 13.53%). There's also some housing in Fort Collins built before 1939 ( 5.37%).

Fort Collins Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Fort Collins has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Fort Collins real estate appreciated 49.99% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.14%, putting Fort Collins in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Fort Collins definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Fort Collins that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Fort Collins real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Fort Collins appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 11.25%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 96.41% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Fort Collins. Fort Collins appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 3.28%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 13.76%.

Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Fort Collins's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Colorado, our data show that Fort Collins's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 80% of the other cities and towns in Colorado.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Fort Collins differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Fort Collins - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Fort Collins real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Fort Collins, CO HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,403,000 1.1
$1,052,001 - $1,403,000 1.4
$701,001 - $1,052,000 5.7
$561,001 - $701,000 6.8
$421,001 - $561,000 18.3
$281,001 - $421,000 42.3
$140,001 - $281,000 17.8
$70,001 - $140,000 1.7
$0 - $70,000 4.9

High for CO
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
12.6684636118598 34.4978165938865

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Fort Collins Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
82.93% 3.56% 9 9
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,457 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 51.21
Renters 48.79
Vacant 3.63

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Fort Collins HOMES
2000 or Newer 22.4
1970 - 1999 58.7
1940 - 1969 13.5
1939 or Older 5.4

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Fort Collins HOMES
Single-Family 56.4
Townhomes 8.6
Small Apt. Buildings 7.8
Apt. Complexes 24.5
Mobile Homes 2.7
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Fort Collins HOMES
No Bedroom 1.60
1 Bedroom 8.75
2 Bedrooms 29.72
3 Bedrooms 31.55
4 Bedrooms 20.25
5 or more bedrooms 8.11