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:
- John (Homes For Sale)
- Frederick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Firestone (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wellington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Monument (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lone Tree (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Erie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Commerce City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lochbuie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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
8. Commerce City
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.
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.
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:
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Colorado
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Colorado
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Colorado
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