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Fort Collins, Colorado Growth Through 2032

Updated on March 15, 2024
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Lake Irene, just west of Fort Collins.
Lake Irene, just west of Fort Collins. | Source

Scenic Colorado College Town

Fort Collins is located in a a western state full of natural wonders. It is also considered a college town, because a large portion of its economy relies on business brought to town by university and college students, along with their visiting families. From the several colleges and universities in the area, many students stay on in Fort Collins after graduation, taking advantage of the year-round outdoor activities.

College towns often experience greater job and business growth than non-college towns and cities, because of the presence of higher learning and its partnerships with local business and government. Such partnerships and their activities lead to new internships, new types of future jobs, increasing numbers of jobs, and additional funding to research emerging technologies for the 21st Century.

The college-employer-city connection also provides a platform for local and national publicity that influences new businesses and investors to come to the community.

Fort Collins has shown consistent job growth for several years, even during America's Great Recession, and this has contributed to its honor as a consistent rank city on the Top 20 College Towns in America list.

CNNMoneyMagazine named Fort Collins as its Number One Best Places to Live in the Western US.

Northern Colorado growth expected to boom by 2040. Fort Collins' population grew by 50,000 from 1998 to 2015.

— The Coloradoan, August 15, 2015
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Poudre Lake, feeding into the river of the same name that runs by Fort Collins.
Poudre Lake, feeding into the river of the same name that runs by Fort Collins. | Source

Local Small Businesses Grow

Local small businesses employee pools of one to fifty comprise 96% of all companies in Fort Collins and account for almost 40% of the local workforce and at least 40% of all local wages.

During October 2023, city council approved a revolving loan fund for small business owners who have had problems with borrowing funds through traditional avenues.

The Colorado Enterprise Fund will help in the distribution and access to even further funding, beginning in 2024.

Roosevelt National Forest at Fort Collins

Fort Collins, approximately 65 miles north of Denver CO, is the official access point and office location for the Roosevelt National Forest that was named and officially dedicated in 1932.

The forest was re-named from Colorado National Forest (first established 1897) after President Theodore Roosevelt, who championed conservation, wildlife, and the national park movement during his lifetime, particularly during his years in the nation's top office.

TR was so dedicated to these movements that he incurred many political cartoons during his career that made fun of and denigrated his work in this field of conservation. However, without him, the US would not have the advanced national park system it enjoys today. Even NASA launch sites and many large business complexes contain conservation areas. Without Teddy, the park system would likely have taken a different form or not have developed at all.

Roosevelt National Forest, Fort Collins Area
Roosevelt National Forest, Fort Collins Area | Source

The entrance to the park pictured above is in Estes Park, Colorado. It joins a chain of forests that includes the Arapaho and the Colorado State Forests. The nearby Pawnee National Grassland is also operated from an office in Fort Collins.

An astounding book I own that presents Roosevelt's wildlife and conservation work from his early childhood through his Presidency names him a Wilderness Warrior, reminiscent of nicknames we gave Australian conservationist Steve Irwin. The book is engaging, flows well, and represents information not before found in Teddy Roosevelt studies. If you appreciate the US National Park System, green living, and sustainability, you will enjoy this book.

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley; Harper Books 2009. Named Amazon's Best Book of the Month for August of that year.

Pawnee National Grassland:
Pawnee National Grassland Office, 115 2nd Avenue, Ault, CO 80610, USA

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Lake Irene:
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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest:
Arapaho National Forest, Denver, CO 80468, USA

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FortZED Downtown Zero Energy District

Teddy Roosevelt would be pleased with the FortZED initiative in which its area is growing to become the whole world's largest single zero-energy district, having full sustainability via renewable energy.

The Fort Collins and Zero Energy District is a clean energy infrastructure project furnishing around 300 or more clean green jobs to the community. Area partners in government, business, and higher education are the City of Fort Collins Utilities, Colorado State University, Spirae, Woodward, Advanced Energy, Eaton, The Brendle Group, and the Northern Colorado Clean Energy Cluster.

Goals include to provide renewable energy locally, regionally and finally, nationally as additional partners are gathered into the group of producers and renewable energy end-users. Other goals are to reduce energy bills and to create additional new green jobs.

Renewable energy sources used in this project include wind, solar, biomass, water, and thermal. Read more about the FortZED Project at

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Government Projections for High Growth Jobs

Below are listed the expected high growth job titles across the Untied States to 2032. Healthcare is prominent among them and will likely continue to grow in all segments to 2032 and well beyond.

  1. Flight Attendants
  2. Nurse Practitioners
  3. Epidemiologists
  4. Information Security Analysts
  5. Wind Turbine Technicians
  6. Statisticians and Data Scientists
  7. Solar Cell Installers
  8. Airline Pilots, Related Crew, Engineers, and Technicians
  9. Computer Specialists, Engineers, Project Managers, Web Developers
  10. Other Healthcare Professionals

Top Hiring Companies

  1. University of Colorado Health
  2. Greeley-Evans School District
  3. Banner Health
  4. Combine Health Systems
  5. State Farm Insurance
  6. Boulder Community Health
  7. University of Colorado
  8. Ball Aerospace
  9. Lockheed Martin

Hughes Stadium
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Postsecondary Schools

  • Cheeks International Academy - cosmetology.
  • College America-Fort Collins
  • Colorado Community College System: No-cost training for many high demand jobs.
  • Colorado Equine Research - Part of Colorado State University
  • Colorado State University, a partner in the FortZED zero energy district project for renewable energy and total sustainability. This school regularly advertises 100 or more open jobs.
  • Fort Collins College, Institute of Medical and Business Matters: degree programs, medical laboratories, law library, computer labs, massage therapy classrooms and clinics.
  • Front Range Community College at Often an advertiser of many jobs.
  • Hair Dynamics Education Center
  • Mc Kinley College
  • National Technology University (970) 224-2614‎.

Sports Opportunities in Fort Collins

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS


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