Executive Summary

The following highlights summarize information from each data page section of Compass:

Community Development




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Community Living

  • In 2011, there were 1,148 registered public charities in Larimer County. Human Services organizations represented 26% of these charities. (Public Charities)
  • United Way of Larimer County has increased fundraising from FY2004 to FY2012 by 65%. (United Way Donations)
  • The general voting trends in Larimer County are greater numbers of voters using mail-in ballots and fewer residents registering as Republicans, while more residents are registering as unaffiliated (independent). (Voter Participation)
  • In 2010, the Fort Collins MSA, including Fort Collins and Loveland, was ranked 5th among mid-sized cities in the United States with a volunteer rate of 42.2. This rate is higher than Denver, Greeley, Colorado, and the United States. (Volunteering)

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Crime and Safety

Child/Youth Data

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Business Economy

  • In 2007, farms in Larimer County are more numerous, but smaller in acreage. As farms decrease in size, more women are becoming farmers. (Agriculture in Larimer County)
  • From 2002 to 2011, employment in the Manufacturing sector decreased 28%, a net loss of 4,729 jobs. These jobs have historically been some of the higher paying jobs in the County. (Employment & Wages by Industry)
  • Businesses with fewer than ten employees accounted for 77.0% of all establishments in Larimer County in 2011. The majority (98.6%) of Larimer County business establishments had fewer than 100 employees, which was higher than Colorado (98.2%) and the nation (97.7%) during the same period. (Larimer County Employers)
  • In 2007, 92.8% of Larimer County firms were owned by White residents. The majority of minority business owners, 54.8%, were Hispanic. (Minority Business Ownership)
  • In 2011, per capita personal income in Larimer County ($39,767) was lower than in Colorado ($42,693) and the United States ($41,560). After adjusting for inflation, per capita income in Larimer County has decreased 2.4% since 2002. (Per Capita Income)
  • Since 2003, the unemployment rate for Fort Collins-Loveland has been consistently lower that the rate for the United States or Colorado. Between July 2011 and December 2012, the unemployment rate in Larimer County has declined from 6.8% to 5.9%. (Unemployment Rate)

Individual Economy

  • Over the last decade, foreclosure filings in Larimer County peaked in 2009 at 2,037. During this same time period, bankruptcies peaked in 2005 at 2,211 just prior to the enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. (Bankruptcy and Foreclosure)
  • The Food Bank for Larimer County has seen a 55% increase in its Food Share program and an 85% increase in its Kids Café program between 2006 and 2012. (Food Bank)
  • Between 2006 and 2012, the average monthly number of Larimer County households receiving food stamps increased 112.8%. In 2012, the average household monthly benefit amount was $287, a 2.7% decrease over 2011. (Food Stamps)
  • In 2011, nearly 29% of Larimer County Hispanic households earned less than $25,000 compared to approximately 22% of White households. (Income by Racial Classification)
  • From FYE 2003 to FYE 2012, the number of Larimer County households submitting applications for heating assistance increased 43%. (Low Energy Assistance Program - LEAP)
  • The Median Family Income (MFI) in Larimer County shrunk 3.5% (when adjusted for inflation) between 2007 and 2011. The 2013 MFI in Larimer County is $75,800. (Median Family Income)
  • In January 2008, 16,826 individuals received Medicaid benefits in Larimer County. By the end of 2012, that number had increased 81% to 30,451. (Medicaid)
  • In 2010, per capita personal income in Larimer County ($38,546) was lower than in Colorado ($42,226) and the United States ($39,945). After adjusting for inflation, per capita income in Larimer County has decreased 4.1% since 2001. (Per Capita Income)
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 20,500 Larimer County residents lived on less than 50% of the Federal Poverty Level or $7,355 for a family of two between 2009 and 2011. (Poverty)
  • A family of four in Larimer County (consisting of two adults working full time plus an infant and a preschooler) needs a minimum of $58,232 (2011) annually to afford food, shelter, transportation, health and child care, among other basic necessities. (Self-Sufficient Wages)
  • From 2006 through 2012, there was a 41% increase in the average number of monthly applications for TANF benefits, but only a 1% increase in the average monthly number of households receiving TANF cash assistance. (TANF)

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Early Childhood Education

K - 12 and Adult Education

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Quality of Environment

Use of Resources

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Physical Health & Access to Care

Disease & Mortality Rates

  • In Larimer County, cancer incidence rates and cancer mortality rates have generally been declining over the past decade. (Cancer Incidence & Mortality)
  • From 2002 to 2011, cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rates declined in Colorado and Larimer County and were below national rates. Males over the age of 75 have the highest CVC mortality rates, while females over 75 have the highest number of total deaths due to CVD. (Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Mortality)
  • In the last 8 years, neither Colorado nor Larimer County has met the Healthy People 2010 objective of limiting the percentage of residents diagnosed with diabetes to 2.5%. (Diabetes)
  • In 2010, 63.2% of residents surveyed in Larimer County met the recommended physical activity levels suggested by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In addition, more men than women met the recommended activity guidelines. (Physical Exercise)
  • From 2002 to 2011, lung cancer mortality rates in Colorado and Larimer County have been below the Healthy People 2010/2020 objectives of 44.9 and 45.5 deaths per 100,000 population. (Lung Cancer Incidence & Mortality)
  • Both Colorado and Larimer County have lower (better) mortality rates than the nation. In 2011, cancer and heart disease were the leading causes of death in Larimer County. (Mortality)
  • More than half (53.2%) of all Larimer County adults are considered overweight or obese according to the 2009-2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey for Larimer County. (Overweight and Obesity)
  • In Larimer County, mortality rates due to unintentional injuries (accidents) averaged 36 accidental deaths per 100,000 population over the last decade. This was more than double the Healthy People 2010 goal of 17.5. Injuries that most commonly result in death include poisoning and falls. Groups that are most affected include those 75 and older and males. (Unintentional Injury Mortality )

Children's Health

  • From 2006 to 2010, the most prevalent birth defects among Larimer County infants included heart defects, genital/urinary defects, and muscular/skeletal defects. (Birth Defects)
  • In 8 of the last 10 years, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Larimer County has been less than or equal to the state’s IMR. (Infant Mortality)
  • In 2010, Larimer County had 271 low birthweight babies (5.8 lbs or less) and 37 very low birthweight babies (3.4 lbs or less). Larimer County had consistently lower percentages of low birthweight babies than Colorado and the nation. (Low Birthweight Babies)

Gender-Related Health Issues

  • In 2011, the top three causes of death for women in Larimer County were cancer, heart disease, and stroke. (Women's Health)
  • In 2011, the top three leading causes of death in Larimer County men were cancer, heart disease, and accidents. (Men's Health)
  • From 2002 through 2011, the rate of first trimester prenatal care received by mothers in Larimer County was generally higher than in Colorado. In 2011, the Healthy People 2020 objective of 77.9% was met by Larimer County (86.9%) but not by Colorado (77.3%). (Prenatal Care)
  • From 2003 to 2011, Larimer County births to mothers aged 15-17, ranged from a low of 53 (2011) to a high of 92 births (2005). Hispanic teen fertility rates continue to be significantly higher than non-Hispanic rates. (Teen Fertility Rates)

Mental Health & Emotional Well-being

  • The majority of the 2010 Health District Survey respondents (51.3%) reported experiencing no days in the previous month where they felt their mental health status was ‘Not Good’. (Mental Health Status)
  • Suicide was the 7th overall leading cause of death in Larimer County in 2011. In addition, the rate of attempted suicide resulting in hospitalization was statistically higher in Larimer County than in the state of Colorado in 2011. (Suicide)

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

  • Alcohol related offenses are consistently the most common reason for adult arrests. From 1995 to 2002, the overall number of adult arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol declined by 2.3 arrests per 1,000. During the same time there was an increase in the rate of arrests involving narcotics (up 1.4 per 1,000). (Adult Alcohol & Drug Arrests)
  • Since 2003, Larimer County has failed to meet the Healthy People 2010 Objective (6.0%) for adult binge drinking. (Adult Alcohol Use)
  • In 2009-10, 16.8% of Larimer County residents reported being smokers. This was higher than the Healthy People 2010 Objective of 12%. ( Adult Tobacco Use)
  • Between 2002 and 2011, alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Larimer County peaked in 2003 at 4.5 per 100,000 residents. (Alcohol Related Traffic Fatalities)
  • For juveniles, alcohol and drug arrests comprise approximately one third of all yearly arrests from 1995 to 2002. In 1999, a new trend began: the percent of juvenile alcohol and drug crime arrests exceeded property crime arrests. (Juvenile Alcohol & Drug Arrests)
  • From 2007 to 2011, an average of 10.9% of pregnant women in Larimer County consumed alcohol during the last three months of their pregnancy. For that same period, an average of 9.0% of pregnant women smoked. (Perinatal Alcohol and Tobacco Use)
  • In 2010, Larimer County and Colorado reported the highest number of treatment admissions were for alcohol abuse, averaging 42.5% of all admissions. (Substance Abuse Treatment)
  • The percentage of Hispanic teenage smokers is significantly higher in Larimer County than in the state. In addition, in Larimer County significantly more Hispanic teenagers than Whites are smokers. (Youth Tobacco Use)

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Additional Population Data

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