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 (Homes For Sale)
  2. Frederick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Firestone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Wellington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Monument (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lone Tree (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Erie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Commerce City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lochbuie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Windsor (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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Colorado or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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
More on John: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Frederick

Frederick, Colorado

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

3. Firestone

Firestone, Colorado

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

4. Wellington

Wellington, Colorado

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

5. Monument

Monument, Colorado

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

6. Lone Tree

Lone Tree, Colorado

Population: 12,808
Population 2010: 9,890
Growth Rate: 29.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,918
More on Lone Tree: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Erie

Erie, Colorado

Population: 20,801
Population 2010: 16,134
Growth Rate: 28.93%
Absolute Growth: 4,667
More on Erie: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Commerce City

Commerce City, Colorado

Population: 51,731
Population 2010: 41,495
Growth Rate: 24.67%
Absolute Growth: 10,236
More on Commerce City: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of Commerce City is a Home Rule Municipality located in Adams County, Colorado, United States. Commerce City is a northern suburb of Denver and as of 2013[update] is the 18th most populous municipality in Colorado. The city population was 45,913 at the 2010 United States Census, a population increase of 118.7% in the ten years since the 2000 census.

9. Lochbuie

Lochbuie, Colorado

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

Windsor, Colorado

Population: 21,154
Population 2010: 17,306
Growth Rate: 22.24%
Absolute Growth: 3,848
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.

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:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Colorado

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

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