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Large Cities 2016

Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

Overall Rank: 8      Population: 333,580

Fort Collins, Colorado, places eighth this year, continuing its steady climb up the rankings driven by job and wage growth. Fort Collins has a well-developed high-tech industry, ranking 29th on our measure of high-tech concentration. The high-tech sector remains relatively diverse and momentum in healthcare and professional services helps keep the regional economy humming.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 31  23  19  16  21  21  106.59 
1-yr Job Growth2 30  48  30  25  44  16  101.76 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 64  83  60  53  28  19  106.01 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 49  89  38  53  29  103.09 
Short-Term Job Growth5 28  27  65  55  34  101.22% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 66  57  105  86  81  123  93.70 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 76  165  114  53  72  99.77 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 21  22  31  34  31  29  1.38 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 17  13  24  25  26  21  8.0 

2015-2016 Growth Comparison (by score)