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Fort Collins, CO MSA

Overall Rank: 9      Population: 344,000

Fort Collins, CO, dropped four spots to come in ninth place this year. The metro had a strong performance across most indicators and came in 19th in both one-year and five-year job growth. The metro is growing with steady in-migration and an expanding college population. Fort Collins also benefits from its proximity to Denver, CO.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 19  16  21  21  15  19  108.32 
1-yr Job Growth2 30  25  44  16  17  19  101.27 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 60  53  28  19  26  15  109.95 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 38  53  29  15  29  102.35 
Short-Term Job Growth5 27  65  55  34  22  101.47% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 105  86  81  123  40  87  99.61 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 165  114  53  72  73  64  100.48 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 31  34  31  29  24  27  1.35 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 24  25  26  21  20  15  10.0 

2017-2018 Growth Comparison (by score)