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Large Cities 2017

Fort Collins, CO MSA

Overall Rank: 5      Population: 339,993

Fort Collins, CO, climbs three spots to rank fifth. Fort Collins was the top-ranked Colorado metro thanks to its combination of tourism and high-tech activity. Fort Collins is reaping the quality of life dividend of being a location popular with high-tech talent for both tourism and putting down roots. Economic momentum is strong, with short-term job growth in the region second among large metros, and more than 3 percent above the U.S. average.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 23  19  16  21  21  15  102.00 
1-yr Job Growth2 48  30  25  44  16  17  108.20 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 83  60  53  28  19  26  102.03 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 89  38  53  29  15  108.29 
Short-Term Job Growth5 28  27  65  55  34  103.07% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 57  105  86  81  123  40  103.78 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 165  114  53  72  73  103.78 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 22  31  34  31  29  24  1.44 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 13  24  25  26  21  20  9.0 

2016-2017 Growth Comparison (by score)