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 Lochbuie and Manitou Springs, 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:
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–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.
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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 78 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 11,639 Population 2010: 8,656
Growth Rate: 34.46%
Absolute Growth: 2,983
Population: 6,226 Population 2010: 4,869
Growth Rate: 27.87%
Absolute Growth: 1,357
Population 2014: 9,636 Population 2010: 7,710
Growth Rate: 24.98%
Absolute Growth: 1,926
4. Lone Tree
Population: 12,328 Population 2010: 9,890
Growth Rate: 24.65%
Absolute Growth: 2,438
Population: 10,908 Population 2010: 8,866
Growth Rate: 23.03%
Absolute Growth: 2,042
Population: 19,305 Population 2010: 16,134
Growth Rate: 19.65%
Absolute Growth: 3,171
Population: 5,127 Population 2010: 4,306
Growth Rate: 19.07%
Absolute Growth: 821
8. Commerce City
Population: 48,792 Population 2010: 41,495
Growth Rate: 17.59%
Absolute Growth: 7,297
Population: 6,634 Population 2010: 5,648
Growth Rate: 17.46%
Absolute Growth: 986
10. Castle Rock
Population: 51,802 Population 2010: 44,402
Growth Rate: 16.67%
Absolute Growth: 7,400
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Colorado are led by John which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five 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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