Fort Collins, Colorado is a mid-sized city with slightly more than 158,000 residents. Young adults aged 15-24 can expect to feel right at home, as they make up an above-average percentage of the population, while retirees are less well-represented. At an average age of just over 34, the city's residents skew notably younger than most cities in Colorado. Home ownership is more common than renting in Fort Collins, and 45% of residents rent. The average rent of $1,242 per month is roughly equal to the state average.
There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Fort Collins, the most common four of which are education, entertainment, retail, and healthcare. Together, these industries account for 29% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's workers are in management, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any profession. Fort Collins workers earn an average annual income of just over $75K, around $5,000 less than those elsewhere in the state. The city's average income, however, is fairly average compared to the national level of $73,345. Compared to the national average (7%), Fort Collins has a high concentration of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees, as 11% have earned a Master's degree or a Doctoral degree. Additionally, 18% have earned a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.
Fort Collins residents have an average commute of about 22 minutes, quicker than the state average of about 27 minutes. Driving a car or truck is the most common way to get to work, chosen by 43% of workers, while public transit is not used much. Riding a bike is the second-most favored way to get to work, chosen by 3% of commuters. A small percentage of residents (2%) walk to work, though the number surpasses the national average.
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