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Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
162,511
Fort Collins Population7
$
47,277
Median Income6
6.1
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Fort Collins' 20 to 24 year old population grew by 26% since 2010, making it one of the fastest growing cities for that segment in the United States where the average growth rate is 5%

Age

29.1
Median Age7
16.0
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Fort Collins residents are mostly white and the city is slowly becoming less diverse as the white community has grown by 4.1% since 2010, while the Hispanic community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 41.6%

Race

68.3
%
Colorado Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Fort Collins's high elevation of 5,003 feet leads to frequently cold weather and heavy snowfall, but warm summers, relatively low humidity, and little rainfall. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 155 days per year with 47% humidity, 57 inches of annual snowfall, and 14 inches of annual rainfall

Weather

24
%
Chance of Rain11
69
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature37

 

Housing

The average home value in Fort Collins increased by 75% since 2010 which is 33% higher than the national average and 1% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,800
Monthly Average12
47
%
Renters38

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Fort Collins is a somewhat low tax location with income tax near the national average, sales tax near the national average, and property tax 52% lower than the national average.

Other

0.53
%
Property Tax21
7.55
%
Sales Tax19
1.79
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)39

 

Employment

Fort Collins has an average employment rate of 94% which is 0% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Woodward and Nexus Bioenergy

Income

16.2
%
<$25,0006
15.9
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Fort Collins is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results41

Representatives

Mayor28 Wade Troxell
Republican
House of Representative28 Joe Neguse
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, is 4.1 miles from the center of Fort Collins, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Cheyenne VA Medical Center, is 42.8 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, is 60.5 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In Colorado, 37.9% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 46.7% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

Yes
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#43 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#34 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche32
#4 2019 Best Cities for Families by MarketWatch33
 

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