Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Denver and Colorado Springs, while others want peace and quiet like in Manitou Springs and Edgewater, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Colorado have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Centennial State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Colorado for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Firestone (Photos)
- Monument (Photos)
- Lone Tree (Photos)
- Erie (Photos)
- Commerce City (Photos)
- Lochbuie (Photos)
- Windsor (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of John, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Colorado are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Centennial State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 75 Colorado cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Centennial State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 14,379 Population 2010: 8,656
Growth Rate: 66.12%
Absolute Growth: 5,723
Population: 10,791 Population 2010: 7,710
Growth Rate: 39.96%
Absolute Growth: 3,081
Population: 11,709 Population 2010: 8,866
Growth Rate: 32.07%
Absolute Growth: 2,843
Population: 7,409 Population 2010: 5,648
Growth Rate: 31.18%
Absolute Growth: 1,761
Population: 6,346 Population 2010: 4,869
Growth Rate: 30.33%
Absolute Growth: 1,477
6. Lone Tree
Population: 12,808 Population 2010: 9,890
Growth Rate: 29.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,918
Population: 20,801 Population 2010: 16,134
Growth Rate: 28.93%
Absolute Growth: 4,667
8. Commerce City
Population: 51,731 Population 2010: 41,495
Growth Rate: 24.67%
Absolute Growth: 10,236
Population: 5,367 Population 2010: 4,306
Growth Rate: 24.64%
Absolute Growth: 1,061
Population: 21,154 Population 2010: 17,306
Growth Rate: 22.24%
Absolute Growth: 3,848
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Colorado are led by John which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Colorado
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