These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Colorado For 2018


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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:

  1. John
  2. Frederick
  3. Firestone (Photos)
  4. Wellington
  5. Monument (Photos)
  6. Lone Tree (Photos)
  7. Erie (Photos)
  8. Commerce City (Photos)
  9. Lochbuie (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Colorado with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in colorado

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1. John

Source: Public Domain

Population: 14,379
Population 2010: 8,656
Growth Rate: 66.12%
Absolute Growth: 5,723

2. Frederick


Population: 10,791
Population 2010: 7,710
Growth Rate: 39.96%
Absolute Growth: 3,081

3. Firestone

Firestone, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,709
Population 2010: 8,866
Growth Rate: 32.07%
Absolute Growth: 2,843

4. Wellington

Wellington, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,409
Population 2010: 5,648
Growth Rate: 31.18%
Absolute Growth: 1,761

5. Monument

Monument, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,346
Population 2010: 4,869
Growth Rate: 30.33%
Absolute Growth: 1,477

6. Lone Tree

Lone Tree, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,808
Population 2010: 9,890
Growth Rate: 29.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,918

7. Erie

Erie, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,801
Population 2010: 16,134
Growth Rate: 28.93%
Absolute Growth: 4,667

8. Commerce City

Commerce City, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,731
Population 2010: 41,495
Growth Rate: 24.67%
Absolute Growth: 10,236

9. Lochbuie

Lochbuie, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,367
Population 2010: 4,306
Growth Rate: 24.64%
Absolute Growth: 1,061

10. Windsor

Windsor, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

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

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
John 1 14,379 8,656 5,723 66.1%
Frederick 2 10,791 7,710 3,081 40.0%
Firestone 3 11,709 8,866 2,843 32.1%
Wellington 4 7,409 5,648 1,761 31.2%
Monument 5 6,346 4,869 1,477 30.3%
Lone Tree 6 12,808 9,890 2,918 29.5%
Erie 7 20,801 16,134 4,667 28.9%
Commerce City 8 51,731 41,495 10,236 24.7%
Lochbuie 9 5,367 4,306 1,061 24.6%
Windsor 10 21,154 17,306 3,848 22.2%
Castle Rock 11 53,789 44,402 9,387 21.1%
Evans 12 20,767 17,223 3,544 20.6%
Broomfield 13 62,449 52,872 9,577 18.1%
Milliken 14 6,157 5,225 932 17.8%
Fountain 15 27,817 23,781 4,036 17.0%
Brighton 16 36,307 31,181 5,126 16.4%
Thornton 17 130,511 112,374 18,137 16.1%
Denver 18 663,303 578,087 85,216 14.7%
Loveland 19 73,360 64,105 9,255 14.4%
Parker 20 48,442 42,548 5,894 13.9%
Greenwood Village 21 15,208 13,367 1,841 13.8%
Fort Collins 22 157,251 140,082 17,169 12.3%
Berthoud 23 5,766 5,143 623 12.1%
Lafayette 24 27,053 24,187 2,866 11.8%
Aurora 25 351,131 314,092 37,039 11.8%
Alamosa 26 9,671 8,693 978 11.3%
Gypsum 27 6,729 6,054 675 11.1%
Colorado Springs 28 448,759 403,983 44,776 11.1%
Eagle 29 6,603 5,958 645 10.8%
Golden 30 20,268 18,414 1,854 10.1%
Fruita 31 12,790 11,676 1,114 9.5%
Superior 32 12,928 11,852 1,076 9.1%
Littleton 33 45,072 41,352 3,720 9.0%
Greeley 34 98,975 91,115 7,860 8.6%
Boulder 35 105,420 97,050 8,370 8.6%
Northglenn 36 38,128 35,127 3,001 8.5%
Longmont 37 90,719 83,604 7,115 8.5%
Arvada 38 113,532 104,885 8,647 8.2%
Louisville 39 19,972 18,470 1,502 8.1%
Cherry Hills Village 40 6,414 5,936 478 8.1%
Durango 41 17,817 16,501 1,316 8.0%
Centennial 42 107,862 99,999 7,863 7.9%
Grand Junction 43 60,630 56,295 4,335 7.7%
Englewood 44 32,523 30,342 2,181 7.2%
Estes Park 45 6,230 5,820 410 7.0%
Rifle 46 9,488 8,880 608 6.8%
Westminster 47 111,770 104,869 6,901 6.6%
Sheridan 48 5,965 5,621 344 6.1%
Aspen 49 6,788 6,403 385 6.0%
Lakewood 50 149,793 142,020 7,773 5.5%
Fort Lupton 51 7,814 7,422 392 5.3%
Gunnison 52 6,086 5,783 303 5.2%
Manitou Springs 53 5,217 4,961 256 5.2%
Federal Heights 54 12,173 11,586 587 5.1%
Steamboat Springs 55 12,336 11,796 540 4.6%
Carbondale 56 6,571 6,284 287 4.6%
Montrose 57 19,016 18,237 779 4.3%
Glenwood Springs 58 9,806 9,427 379 4.0%
Cortez 59 8,683 8,412 271 3.2%
Salida 60 5,430 5,287 143 2.7%
Vail 61 5,363 5,241 122 2.3%
Pueblo 62 108,385 105,957 2,428 2.3%
Wheat Ridge 63 31,044 30,379 665 2.2%
Edgewater 64 5,278 5,170 108 2.1%
Avon 65 6,444 6,345 99 1.6%
Fort Morgan 66 11,346 11,229 117 1.0%
Woodland Park 67 7,180 7,117 63 0.9%
Brush 68 5,458 5,428 30 0.6%
Delta 69 8,813 8,779 34 0.4%
Cañon City 70 16,445 16,593 -148 -0.9%
La Junta 71 6,978 7,063 -85 -1.2%
Sterling 72 13,976 14,393 -417 -2.9%
Lamar 73 7,662 7,901 -239 -3.0%
Craig 74 8,913 9,308 -395 -4.2%
Trinidad 75 8,280 9,236 -956 -10.4%

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