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 Glendale 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Colorado for 2019 according to the most recent census data:
- John (Homes For Sale)
- Frederick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wellington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Monument (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Firestone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Erie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lone Tree (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Windsor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lochbuie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Castle Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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 2017
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)
We ranked all 76 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 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 11,397 Population 2010: 7,710
Growth Rate: 47.82%
Absolute Growth: 3,687
More on Frederick: Homes For Sale | Data
The Town of Frederick is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 8679 at the 2010 census.
Population: 7,941 Population 2010: 5,648
Growth Rate: 40.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,293
More on Wellington: Homes For Sale | Data
Wellington is a Statutory Town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,289 at the 2010 census.
Population: 6,760 Population 2010: 4,869
Growth Rate: 38.84%
Absolute Growth: 1,891
More on Monument: Homes For Sale | Data
The Town of Monument is a statutory town situated at the base of the Rampart Range in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. Monument is bordered by Pike National Forest on the west, Colorado Springs and the United States Air Force Academy to the south, foothills and rock outcroppings to the north, and rolling plains to the east. Monument was first settled as a stop along the Rio Grande Railroad in 1872, and the area was incorporated as a town called Henry’s Station in 1879, but the name was later changed to Monument. The town population was 5,530 at the 2010 United States Census, an increase of 181% from the population of 1,971 in 2000.
Population: 12,282 Population 2010: 8,866
Growth Rate: 38.53%
Absolute Growth: 3,416
More on Firestone: Homes For Sale | Data
The Town of Firestone is a Statutory Town in Weld County, Colorado, United States. The population was 10,147 at the 2010 census.
7. Lone Tree
Population: 23,386 Population 2010: 17,306
Growth Rate: 35.13%
Absolute Growth: 6,080
More on Windsor: Homes For Sale | Data
The Town of Windsor is a Home Rule Municipality in Larimer and Weld counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. According to June 2016 estimates, the population of the town was 24,500. Windsor is located in the region known as Northern Colorado. Windsor is situated 59 miles (95 km) north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
Population: 5,675 Population 2010: 4,306
Growth Rate: 31.79%
Absolute Growth: 1,369
More on Lochbuie: Homes For Sale | Data
The Town of Lochbuie (/lkbjui/ LOCK-bew-ee) is a Statutory Town located in Weld and Adams counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. The town population was 4726 at the 2010 United States Census.
10. Castle Rock
Population: 57,274 Population 2010: 44,402
Growth Rate: 28.99%
Absolute Growth: 12,872
More on Castle Rock: Homes For Sale | Data
Castle Rock is an affluent home rule municipality that is the county seat of Douglas County, Colorado, United States. The most populous municipality of the county, the community’s population was 48,231 at the 2010 United States Census, with an estimated population of 55,747 as of 2014. It is named for the prominent, castle tower-shaped butte near the center of town. Located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Castle Rock is part of the Denver Metropolitan Area and the Front Range Urban Corridor.
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!
For more Colorado reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Colorado
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Colorado
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Colorado
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Colorado
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