Front Range urban corridor

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Front Range Urban Corridor
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Encompassing states Flag of Colorado.svg Colorado
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Population
 (July 1, 2018)
4,976,781

The Front Range Urban Corridor is an oblong region of urban population located along the eastern face of the Southern Rocky Mountains, encompassing 18 counties in the US states of Colorado and Wyoming. The corridor derives its name from the Front Range, the mountain range that defines the western boundary of the corridor which serves as a gateway to the Rocky Mountains. The region comprises the northern portion of the Southern Rocky Mountain Front geographic area, which in turn comprises the southern portion of the Rocky Mountain Front geographic area of Canada and the United States. The Front Range Urban Corridor had an estimated population of 4,976,781 on July 1, 2018, an increase of +14.84% since the 2010 United States Census. [1] The population exceeded 5 million in 2019. Roughly 98% of the population within the entire urban corridor region is within Colorado and roughly 85% of Colorado's population resides within the urban corridor region.

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Extent

The Front Range Urban Corridor stretches from Pueblo, Colorado, north along Interstate 25 to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and includes the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area. The corridor comprises three primary subregions: the South Central Colorado Urban Area, the North Central Colorado Urban Area, and the Cheyenne Metropolitan Area.

The influence of the Corridor extends well beyond its defined boundaries. The Colorado Eastern Plains, Nebraska Panhandle, and Albany County, Wyoming, among other areas, are culturally and economically tied to the Corridor, though they are not considered to be a part of it.

The definition included here is not used for the greater Southern Rocky Mountain Front, one of the 11 megaregions of the United States. The megaregion's area is more expansive, extending south from Pueblo along the I-25 corridor into New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and also including the Wasatch Front of Utah, separated by hundreds of miles from the regional core. [2]

Metropolitan areas

The table below includes the following information:

  1. The urban region.
  2. The Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) as designated by the United States Office of Management and Budget. [3]
  3. The CBSA population as of July 1, 2018, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau. [1]
  4. The county. [1]
  5. The county population as of July 1, 2018, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau. [1]
  6. The county population as of April 1, 2010, as enumerated by the 2010 United States Census. [1]
  7. The percent county population change from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2018. [1]
An enlargeable map of the Front Range Urban Corridor of Colorado and Wyoming. Blue: Southeast Wyoming; red: North Central Colorado; green: South Central Colorado Front Range Urban Corridor.svg
An enlargeable map of the Front Range Urban Corridor of Colorado and Wyoming. Blue: Southeast Wyoming; red: North Central Colorado; green: South Central Colorado
The Front Range Urban Corridor

Region CBSA 2018 Estimate County 2020 Census 2010 Census Change
Southeast Wyoming Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area 98,976 Laramie County 100,51291,738+9.56%
North Central Colorado Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 350,518 Larimer County 359,066299,630+19.84%
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 314,305 Weld County 328,981252,825+30.12%
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 326,078 Boulder County 330,758294,567+12.29%
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,932,415 City and County of Denver 715,522600,158+19.22%
Arapahoe County 655,070572,003+14.52%
Jefferson County 582,910534,543+9.05%
Adams County 519,572441,603+17.66%
Douglas County 357,978285,465+25.40%
City and County of Broomfield 74,11255,889+32.61%
Elbert County 26,06223,086+12.89%
Park County 17,39016,206+7.31%
Clear Creek County 9,3979,088+3.40%
Gilpin County 5,8085,441+6.75%
South Central Colorado Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 738,939 El Paso County 730,395622,263+17.38%
Teller County 24,71023,350+5.82%
Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 48,021 Fremont County 48,93946,824+4.52%
Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 167,529 Pueblo County 168,162159,063+5.72%
Total5,055,3444,333,742+16.65%

Municipalities

The 25 most populous municipalities of the Front Range Urban Corridor [1]

RankMunicipality State County CBSA 2016 Estimate 2010 Census Change
1 Colorado Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 693,060600,158+15.48%
2 Colorado El Paso County Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 465,101416,427+11.69%
3 Colorado Arapahoe County
Adams County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 361,710325,078+11.27%
4 Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 164,207143,986+14.04%
5 Colorado Jefferson County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 154,393142,980+7.98%
6 Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
136,703118,772+15.10%
7 Colorado Adams County
Jefferson County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 113,875106,114+7.31%
8 Colorado Pueblo County Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 110,291106,595+3.47%
9 Colorado Jefferson County
Adams County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 117,453106,433+10.35%
10 Colorado Arapahoe County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 109,932100,377+9.52%
11 Colorado Boulder County Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 108,09097,385+10.99%
12 Colorado Weld County Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 103,99092,889+11.95%
13 Colorado Boulder County
Weld County
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
92,85886,270+7.64%
14 Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 76,89766,859+15.01%
15 Wyoming Laramie County Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area 64,01959,466+7.66%
16 Colorado Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 66,52955,889+19.04%
17 Colorado Douglas County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 57,66648,231+19.56%
18 Colorado Adams County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 54,86945,913+19.51%
19 Colorado Douglas County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 51,16345,297+12.95%
20 Colorado Arapahoe County
Jefferson County
Douglas County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 46,33341,737+11.01%
21 Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
38,98235,789+8.92%
22 Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
38,31433,352+14.88%
23 Colorado Arapahoe County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 34,05030,255+12.54%
24 Colorado Jefferson County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 31,37230,166+4.00%
25 Colorado El Paso County Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 28,75325,846+11.25%

Wyoming jurisdictions

In the State of Wyoming, the Front Range Urban Corridor includes the Town of Albin, the Town of Burns, the City of Cheyenne , the Town of Pine Bluffs, and unincorporated Laramie County.

Colorado jurisdictions

In the State of Colorado, the Front Range Urban Corridor includes:

See also

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Jefferson County, Colorado County in Colorado, United States

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Arvada, Colorado City in Colorado, United States

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Allenspark, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

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Perry Park, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

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Roxborough Park, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

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Applewood, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

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Genesee, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Genesee is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the Genesee CDP was 3,609 at the United States Census 2010. The Golden post office serves the area.

Watkins, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Watkins is an unincorporated town and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Arapahoe and Adams counties, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is surrounded by Aurora and its post office, which lies within the Aurora city limits, has the ZIP Code 80137. At the United States Census 2010, the population of the Watkins CDP was 653, while the population of the 80137 ZIP Code Tabulation Area was 1,323 including adjacent communities.

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North Central Colorado Urban Area

The North Central Colorado Urban Area comprises the four contiguous metropolitan statistical areas in the north central region of the State of Colorado: the Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Boulder Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Fort Collins-Loveland Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area. With the exception of southeastern Elbert County, southeastern Park County, and tiny portions of southern Douglas County, the entire North Central Colorado Urban Area is drained by the South Platte River and its tributaries. The North Central Colorado Urban Area is the central, and the most populous, of the three primary subregions of the Front Range Urban Corridor.

South Central Colorado Urban Area

The South Central Colorado Urban Area comprises the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Pueblo Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area in the central and south central region of the State of Colorado. With the exception of northern Teller County and small portions of northern El Paso County, the entire South Central Colorado Urban Area is drained by the Arkansas River and its tributaries. The South Central Colorado Urban Area is the southernmost of the three primary subregions of the Front Range Urban Corridor.

Idledale, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Idledale is an unincorporated town, a post office, and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Idledale post office has the ZIP code 80453. At the United States Census 2020, the population of the Idledale CDP was 214.

Cheyenne metropolitan area

The Cheyenne Metropolitan Statistical Area is a United States Census Bureau defined Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) located in the Cheyenne region of the State of Wyoming. The Cheyenne Metropolitan Statistical Area is defined as Laramie County, Wyoming. Many consider the Cheyenne Metro Area to be the economic hub of eastern Wyoming. The Census Bureau estimates that the population was 99,500 in 2019, ranking as the 288th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Altona, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Altona is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the Altona CDP was 501 at the United States Census 2010. The Boulder post office serves the area.

Fairmount, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Fairmount is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the Fairmount CDP was 7,559 at the United States Census 2010. The Golden post office serves the area.

Bonanza Mountain Estates, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Bonanza Mountain Estates is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Boulder County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the Bonanza Mountain Estates CDP was 128 at the United States Census 2010. The Nederland post office serves the area.

Brook Forest, Colorado Census Designated Place in Colorado, United States

Brook Forest is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Jefferson and Clear Creek counties, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Evergreen Post Office serves the area.

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