Index: Community Development / Subcategory: Housing

Housing Units

Date updated: 11/14/2012

According to the United States Census, a housing unit is a house, an apartment, a mobile home or trailer, a group of rooms, or a single room that is occupied (or if vacant, is intended for occupancy) as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters are those in which the occupants live and eat separately from any other persons in the building and which have direct access from the outside of the building or through a common hall.

What this chart shows: Total Number of Housing Units in Larimer County, 2002-2011

Data Source: Colorado Department of Local Affairs - Demographics of Housing and Households

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What the above data tell us:

The number of housing units in Larimer County increased 17.4% over the last decade, compared to a 14.6% increase in the county's household population.

What this chart shows: Percentage Change in Housing Units versus Population in Colorado, Larimer County and Select Communities, 2002 vs. 2011

*Larimer County portion only

Data Source: Colorado Department of Local Affairs - Demographics of Housing and Households

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What the above data tell us:

In comparing the percentage change in housing units and population between 2002 and 2011, housing units grew consistently faster than population in Colorado, Larimer County, and the Larimer County communities shown above. In 2011, there were 133,572 housing units in Larimer County, with an estimated household population of 296,768. This means there were approximately 2.4 people per housing unit in Larimer County. In 2002, there were 113,808 housing units, with an estimated household population of 259,051 or 2.5 people per housing unit.

From 2002 through 2006, the year-over-year percentage in housing unit growth within Larimer County exceeded population growth. That trend reversed itself beginning in 2007 and continued through 2011. Since 2007, population growth has exceeded housing unit growth by between 0.3% and 1.1% per year. (See the data table below.)

Of the Larimer County communities depicted in the graph above, Estes Park had the highest percentage in housing versus population growth, with housing units increasing 15.2%, and population increasing 5.8% between 2002 and 2011.

(See the data table for additional information on smaller Larimer County communities).

What this chart shows: Number of Persons per Household in Larimer County, 2002-2011

Data Source: Colorado Department of Local Affairs - Demographics of Housing and Households

See data table

What the above data tell us:

There has been a slight, but steady decrease in household size in Larimer County over the last decade.

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Data Table:

Total Number of Housing Units in Larimer County

 

Number of Housing Units

Household Population

2002

113,808

259,051

2003

117,039

261,026

2004

120,291

265,499

2005

123,765

268,103

2006

126,495

273,257

2007

128,796

278,967

2008

130,534

284,582

2009

132,197

289,690

2010

132,831

292,002

2011

133,572

296,768

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Housing and Population Growth - Colorado, Larimer County, & Cities

Area

Housing Units

Household Population

2002

2011

Percent Change

2002

2011

Percent Change

Colorado

1,940,772

2,225,802

14.7%

4,340,049

5,001,171

15.2%

Larimer County

113,808

133,572

17.4%

253,791

296,768

16.9%

Berthoud (Part)*

2,003

2,078

3.7%

5,107

5,071

-0.7%

Estes Park

3,580

4,123

15.2%

5,596

5,918

5.8%

Fort Collins

52,057

60,871

16.9%

118,208

139,488

18.0%

Johnstown (Part)*

93

365

292.5%

251

730

190.8%

Loveland

23,063

28,723

24.5%

54,103

67,585

24.9%

Timnath

113

308

172.6%

287

802

179.4%

Wellington

1,226

2,303

87.8%

2,913

6,439

121.0%

Windsor (Part)*

481

1,710

255.5%

722

4,769

560.5%

Unincorporated

31,192

33,091

6.1%

66,604

65,966

-1.0%

*Larimer County portion only

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Percentage Change in Housing and Population Growth in Larimer County

Year

Housing Units

% change
from year prior

Household Population

% change
from year prior

2002

113,808 3.6% 259,051 2.1%

2003

117,039 2.8% 261,026 0.8%

2004

120,291 2.8% 265,499 1.7%

2005

123,765 2.9% 268,103 1.0%

2006

126,495 2.2% 273,257 1.9%

2007

128,796 1.8% 278,967 2.1%

2008

130,534 1.3% 284,582 2.0%

2009

132,197 1.3% 289,690 1.8%

2010

132,831 0.5% 292,002 0.8%

2011

133,572 0.6% 296,768 1.6%

Number of Persons per Household in Larimer County

 

Number of Persons per Household

2002

2.49

2003

2.48

2004

2.47

2005

2.46

2006

2.45

2007

2.45

2008

2.44

2009

2.43

2010

2.42

2011

2.42

See chart