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Metro in Regional Context




Metropolitan Area Situation & Outlook Report

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
(CBSA 19740)
Geographic-Demographic-Economic Characteristics -- access other metros
Updated 03/07/17 ... see what has been updated.

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New additions:
  • Updated demographic projections to 2060 by county & metro .. Washington DC metro example.
  • Extended monthly building permits by metro, county, city interactive table - includes 2016 by month
  • Jobs-to-Housing Ratio & related Employment, Housing, Income by metro, county, city interactive table.
  • Characteristics of urban areas intersecting with the metro.
  • Consumer expenditure patterns by product and service.
  • Improving Competitive Advantage Workshops -- using these and related data.

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Contents of this Report
This document is organized into these sections:
1. Recent Trends & Outlook
2. Overview & Updates
3. Reference & Thematic Pattern Maps
3.1. Lay of the Land
3.2. Neighborhood Patterns of Economic Prosperity
4. Population Characteristics & Trends
4.1. Component City Characteristics
4.2. Component County Characteristics
4.2.1. RDEMS Component County Characteristics
4.3. General Demographic Characteristics
5. Housing Characteristics & Trends
5.1. Total Housing Units
5.2. General Housing Characteristics
5.3. Residential Construction; Housing Units Authorized & Value
5.4. Housing Price Index
6. Economic Characteristics & Trends
6.1. Economic Profile
6.2. Cost of Living Indexes
6.3. Cost of Doing Business Indexes
6.4. Consumer Price Index
6.5. Gross Domestic Product
6.6. Establishments, Employment & Earnings by Type of Business
6.7. Labor Market Characteristics & Trends
7. Education Infrastructure
7.1. Component School District Characteristics
7.2. Component Higher Education Institution Characteristics
8. GeoPolitics
  Terms of Use
  2016 Statistical Release Dates
  Business edition
  Related Resources
  Using this Document
  About Metros & Principal Cities
  Glossary

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) - larger metros
The nation's MSAs contained 275.3 million people in 2015, an increase of about 2.5 million from 2014. Most (285 of the 381) MSAs nationwide gained population between 2014 and 2015. Four of the 20 fastest-growing MSAs between 2014 and 2015 were in the Mountain states: Greeley and Fort Collins in Colorado and St. George and Provo-Orem in Utah.

Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MISAs) - smaller metros
The nationís MISAS contained about 27.3 million people in 2015, an increase of approximately 27,000 from 2014. Nearly half the U.S. MISAs (261 of the 536) gained population between 2014 and 2015.

Use the interactive table (includes all counties) to examine metro by county demographic change 2010-2015, the how and why of change and what these patterns suggest about the future.

1. Recent Trends & Outlook
Summary of recent business, demographic, economic trends; year-ahead & 5-year outlook.
- the Recent Trends & Outlook section, updated quarterly, covers topics about this metro such as .. assessing the implications of next jobs report .. impact of Fed''s interest rate action .. which sectors are expanding or contracting .. housing market conditions .. insights to help your planning and decision-making. The Recent Trends & Outlook section is available in business edition.

2. Overview & Update
The total population of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO MSA metro changed from 2,554,468 in 2010 to 2,755,856 in 2015, a change of 259,862 (10.2%). Among all 917 metros, this metro was ranked number 21 in 2010 and 19 in 2015, based on total population. Annual net migration was 25,888 (2011), 28,686 (2012), 32,919 (2013), 36,787 (2014), 36,787 (2015). View annual population estimates and components of change table. See more about population characteristics below.

This metro is projected to have a total population in 2020 of 2,878,619. The projected population change from 2010 to 2020 is 324,284 (12.7%). The population ages 65 years and over is projected to change from 265,125 (2010) to 461,452 (2020), a change of 196,327 (74.1%). See more about population projections.

Based on per capita personal income (PCPI), this metro was ranked number 35 in 2008 and 42 in 2014. among the 917 metros for which personal income was estimated.The PCPI changed from $48,616 in 2008 to $53,983 in 2014, a change of $5,367 (11%). Per capita personal income (PCPI) is a comprehensive measure of individual economic well-being. Use the interactive table to compare PCPI in this metro to other metros. See more about PCPI in Economic Characteristics section below.

282 metropolitan statistical areas, of the total 381, experienced an increase in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) between 2009 and 2014. This metro ranked number 18 among the 381 metros based on 2014 GDP. The GDP (millions of current dollars) changed from $150,035 in 2009 to $187,111 in 2014 a change of $37,076 (24.71%). Real GDP (millions of real, inflation adjusted, dollars) changed from $150,035 in 2009 to $170,497 in 2014, a change of $20,462 (13.64%). GDP is the most comprehensive measure of metro economic activity. GDP is the sum of the GDP originating in all industries in the metro. See more about GDP in Economic Characteristics section below.

Attributes of driil-down, small area geography within the metro ... metros account for 65,744 of the national scope 73,056 census tracts (others are in non-metro areas). This metro is comprised of 621 tracts covering the metro wall-to-wall. View, rank, compare demographic-economic attributes of these tracts using the interactive tables. Use the CBSA code 19740; see table usage details below the table.

Fortune 1000 Companies with headquarters in this metro.
  • Arrow Electronics, Inc
  • Ball Corporation
  • CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
  • Cimarex Energy Co.
  • DCP Midstream Partners, LP
  • DISH Network Corporation
  • DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.
  • EchoStar Corporation
  • Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc.
  • Level 3 Communications, Inc.
  • Liberty Interactive Corporation
  • Liberty Media Corporation
  • Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • QEP Resources, Inc.
  • SM Energy Company
  • The Western Union Company
  • Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Number in this metro: 19. Extended data & analysis in business edition.

Updated: 03/07/17 ... this document updates frequently. Register to receive update notifications.
  • Housing Price Index (section 5.4) updated 01/14/17.
  • Establishments, employment & earnings (section 6.6) updated 01/12/17.
  • Economic profile and personal income (section 6.1) updated 12/07/16.
  • Labor market situation (section 6.7) updated 10/29/16.
  • Residential construction; units authorized & value (section 5.3.) updated 9/3/16.
  • Population by county; annual series 2010-2015 (section 4.2.) updated 7/23/16.
  • Population by county; links for individual counties (section 4.2.) updated 7/23/16.
      -- includes annual data 2010-2015.
      -- includes components of change; race/origin; single year of age; age group summaries.
  • RDEMS county sections added 6/16.
  • Total population and components of change 3/24/16.
  • Census tracts added in overview section 1/16.
  • General Demographics section updated/extended 12/15.
  • Gross Domestic Product section updated 12/15.
  • Higher education institutions updated 12/15.
  • Overview lead narrative on population components of change updated 12/15.
  • Metro & county demographic component detailed annual estimates updated 5/15.
  • School districts in metro & K-12 enrollment updated 12/14.
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3. Lay of the Land & Neighborhood Patterns of Economic Prosperity  

3.1. Lay of the Land
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10100 Aberdeen, SD MISA
10140 Aberdeen, WA MISA
10180 Abilene, TX MSA
10220 Ada, OK MISA
10300 Adrian, MI MISA
10420 Akron, OH MSA
10460 Alamogordo, NM MISA
10500 Albany, GA MSA
10540 Albany, OR MSA
10580 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA
10620 Albemarle, NC MISA
10660 Albert Lea, MN MISA
10700 Albertville, AL MISA
10740 Albuquerque, NM MSA
10780 Alexandria, LA MSA
10820 Alexandria, MN MISA
10860 Alice, TX MISA
10900 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ MSA
10940 Alma, MI MISA
10980 Alpena, MI MISA
11020 Altoona, PA MSA
11060 Altus, OK MISA
11100 Amarillo, TX MSA
11140 Americus, GA MISA
11180 Ames, IA MSA
11220 Amsterdam, NY MISA
11260 Anchorage, AK MSA
11380 Andrews, TX MISA
11420 Angola, IN MISA
11460 Ann Arbor, MI MSA
11500 Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL MSA
11540 Appleton, WI MSA
11580 Arcadia, FL MISA
11620 Ardmore, OK MISA
11660 Arkadelphia, AR MISA
11680 Arkansas City-Winfield, KS MISA
11700 Asheville, NC MSA
11740 Ashland, OH MISA
11780 Ashtabula, OH MISA
11820 Astoria, OR MISA
11860 Atchison, KS MISA
11900 Athens, OH MISA
11940 Athens, TN MISA
11980 Athens, TX MISA
12020 Athens-Clarke County, GA MSA
12060 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA MSA
12100 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ MSA
12140 Auburn, IN MISA
12180 Auburn, NY MISA
12220 Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA
12260 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC MSA
12300 Augusta-Waterville, ME MISA
12380 Austin, MN MISA
12420 Austin-Round Rock, TX MSA
12460 Bainbridge, GA MISA
12540 Bakersfield, CA MSA
12580 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA
12620 Bangor, ME MSA
12660 Baraboo, WI MISA
12680 Bardstown, KY MISA
12700 Barnstable Town, MA MSA
12740 Barre, VT MISA
12780 Bartlesville, OK MISA
12820 Bastrop, LA MISA
12860 Batavia, NY MISA
12900 Batesville, AR MISA
12940 Baton Rouge, LA MSA
12980 Battle Creek, MI MSA
13020 Bay City, MI MSA
13060 Bay City, TX MISA
13100 Beatrice, NE MISA
13140 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA
13180 Beaver Dam, WI MISA
13220 Beckley, WV MSA
13260 Bedford, IN MISA
13300 Beeville, TX MISA
13300 Bellefontaine, OH MISA
13380 Bellingham, WA MSA
13420 Bemidji, MN MISA
13460 Bend-Redmond, OR MSA
13500 Bennettsville, SC MISA
13540 Bennington, VT MISA
13620 Berlin, NH-VT MISA
13660 Big Rapids, MI MISA
13700 Big Spring, TX MISA
13720 Big Stone Gap, VA MISA
13740 Billings, MT MSA
13780 Binghamton, NY MSA
13820 Birmingham-Hoover, AL MSA
13900 Bismarck, ND MSA
13940 Blackfoot, ID MISA
13980 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA MSA
14010 Bloomington, IL MSA
14020 Bloomington, IN MSA
14100 Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA MSA
14140 Bluefield, WV-VA MISA
14180 Blytheville, AR MISA
14220 Bogalusa, LA MISA
14260 Boise City, ID MSA
14340 Boone, IA MISA
14380 Boone, NC MISA
14420 Borger, TX MISA
14460 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH MSA
14500 Boulder, CO MSA
14540 Bowling Green, KY MSA
14580 Bozeman, MT MISA
14620 Bradford, PA MISA
14660 Brainerd, MN MISA
14700 Branson, MO MISA
14720 Breckenridge, CO MISA
14740 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA MSA
14780 Brenham, TX MISA
14820 Brevard, NC MISA
14860 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT MSA
15020 Brookhaven, MS MISA
15060 Brookings, OR MISA
15100 Brookings, SD MISA
15180 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX MSA
15220 Brownwood, TX MISA
15260 Brunswick, GA MSA
15340 Bucyrus, OH MISA
15380 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY MSA
15420 Burley, ID MISA
15460 Burlington, IA-IL MISA
15500 Burlington, NC MSA
15540 Burlington-South Burlington, VT MSA
15580 Butte-Silver Bow, MT MISA
15860 Cadillac, MI MISA
15620 Calhoun, GA MISA
15660 California-Lexington Park, MD MSA
15680 Cambridge, MD MISA
15700 Cambridge, OH MISA
15740 Camden, AR MISA
15780 Campbellsville, KY MISA
15820 Canon City, CO MISA
15900 Canton, IL MISA
15940 Canton-Massillon, OH MSA
15980 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL MSA
16020 Cape Girardeau, MO-IL MSA
16060 Carbondale-Marion, IL MSA
16100 Carlsbad-Artesia, NM MISA
16180 Carson City, NV MSA
16220 Casper, WY MSA
16260 Cedar City, UT MISA
16300 Cedar Rapids, IA MSA
16340 Cedartown, GA MISA
16380 Celina, OH MISA
16460 Centralia, IL MISA
16500 Centralia, WA MISA
16540 Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA MSA
16580 Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA
16620 Charleston, WV MSA
16660 Charleston-Mattoon, IL MISA
16700 Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSA
16740 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC MSA
16820 Charlottesville, VA MSA
16860 Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA
16940 Cheyenne, WY MSA
16980 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI MSA
17020 Chico, CA MSA
17060 Chillicothe, OH MISA
17140 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN MSA
17200 Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT MISA
17220 Clarksburg, WV MISA
17260 Clarksdale, MS MISA
17300 Clarksville, TN-KY MSA
17340 Clearlake, CA MISA
17380 Cleveland, MS MISA
17420 Cleveland, TN MSA
17460 Cleveland-Elyria, OH MSA
17500 Clewiston, FL MISA
17540 Clinton, IA MISA
17580 Clovis, NM MISA
17660 Coeur dAlene, ID MSA
17700 Coffeyville, KS MISA
17740 Coldwater, MI MISA
17780 College Station-Bryan, TX MSA
17820 Colorado Springs, CO MSA
17860 Columbia, MO MSA
17900 Columbia, SC MSA
17980 Columbus, GA-AL MSA
18020 Columbus, IN MSA
18060 Columbus, MS MISA
18100 Columbus, NE MISA
18140 Columbus, OH MSA
18180 Concord, NH MISA
18220 Connersville, IN MISA
18260 Cookeville, TN MISA
18300 Coos Bay, OR MISA
18380 Cordele, GA MISA
18420 Corinth, MS MISA
18460 Cornelia, GA MISA
18500 Corning, NY MISA
18580 Corpus Christi, TX MSA
18620 Corsicana, TX MISA
18660 Cortland, NY MISA
18700 Corvallis, OR MSA
18740 Coshocton, OH MISA
18780 Craig, CO MISA
18820 Crawfordsville, IN MISA
18860 Crescent City, CA MISA
18880 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL MSA
18900 Crossville, TN MISA
18980 Cullman, AL MISA
19000 Cullowhee, NC MISA
19060 Cumberland, MD-WV MSA
19100 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA
19140 Dalton, GA, TX MSA
19180 Danville, IL MSA
19220 Danville, KY MISA
19260 Danville, VA MISA
19300 Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL MSA
19340 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSA
19380 Dayton, OH MSA
19420 Dayton, TN MISA
19460 Decatur, AL MSA
19500 Decatur, IL MSA
19540 Decatur, IN MISA
19580 Defiance, OH MISA
19620 Del Rio, TX MISA
19660 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL MSA
19700 Deming, NM MISA
19740 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO MSA
19760 DeRidder, LA MISA
19780 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA MSA
19820 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI MSA
19860 Dickinson, ND MISA
19940 Dixon, IL MISA
19980 Dodge City, KS MISA
20020 Dothan, AL MSA
20060 Douglas, GA MISA
20100 Dover, DE MSA
20140 Dublin, GA MISA
20180 DuBois, PA MISA
20220 Dubuque, IA MSA
20260 Duluth, MN-WI MSA
20300 Dumas, TX MISA
20340 Duncan, OK MISA
20380 Dunn, NC MISA
20420 Durango, CO MISA
20460 Durant, OK MISA
20500 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA
20540 Dyersburg, TN MISA
20580 Eagle Pass, TX MISA
20700 East Stroudsburg, PA MSA
20660 Easton, MD MISA
20740 Eau Claire, WI MSA
20780 Edwards, CO MISA
20820 Effingham, IL MISA
20900 El Campo, TX MISA
20940 El Centro, CA MSA
20980 El Dorado, AR MISA
21340 El Paso, TX MSA
21020 Elizabeth City, NC MISA
21060 Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY MSA
21120 Elk City, OK MISA
21140 Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA
21180 Elkins, WV MISA
21220 Elko, NV MISA
21260 Ellensburg, WA MISA
21300 Elmira, NY MSA
21380 Emporia, KS MISA
21420 Enid, OK MISA
21460 Enterprise, AL MISA
21500 Erie, PA MSA
21540 Escanaba, MI MISA
21580 Espanola, NM MISA
21660 Eugene, OR MSA
21700 Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, CA MISA
21740 Evanston, WY MISA
21780 Evansville, IN-KY MSA
21820 Fairbanks, AK MSA
21840 Fairfield, IA MISA
21900 Fairmont, WV MISA
21980 Fallon, NV MISA
22020 Fargo, ND-MN MSA
22060 Faribault-Northfield, MN MISA
22100 Farmington, MO MISA
22140 Farmington, NM MSA
22180 Fayetteville, NC MSA
22220 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO MSA
22260 Fergus Falls, MN MISA
22280 Fernley, NV MISA
22300 Findlay, OH MISA
22340 Fitzgerald, GA MISA
22380 Flagstaff, AZ MISA
22420 Flint, MI MSA
22500 Florence, SC MSA
22520 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL MSA
22540 Fond du Lac, WI MSA
22580 Forest City, NC MISA
22620 Forrest City, AR MISA
22660 Fort Collins, CO MSA
22700 Fort Dodge, IA MISA
22780 Fort Leonard Wood, MO MISA
22800 Fort Madison-Keokuk, IA-IL-MO MISA
22820 Fort Morgan, CO MISA
22860 Fort Polk South, LA MISA
22900 Fort Smith, AR-OK MSA
23060 Fort Wayne, IN MSA
23140 Frankfort, IN MISA
23180 Frankfort, KY MISA
23240 Fredericksburg, TX MISA
23300 Freeport, IL MISA
23340 Fremont, NE MISA
23380 Fremont, OH MISA
23420 Fresno, CA MSA
23460 Gadsden, AL MSA
23500 Gaffney, SC MISA
23540 Gainesville, FL MSA
23580 Gainesville, GA MSA
23620 Gainesville, TX MISA
23660 Galesburg, IL MISA
23700 Gallup, NM MISA
23780 Garden City, KS MISA
23820 Gardnerville Ranchos, NV MISA
23860 Georgetown, SC MISA
23900 Gettysburg, PA MSA
23940 Gillette, WY MISA
23980 Glasgow, KY MISA
24020 Glens Falls, NY MSA
24060 Glenwood Springs, CO MISA
24100 Gloversville, NY MISA
24140 Goldsboro, NC MSA
24220 Grand Forks, ND-MN MSA
24260 Grand Island, NE MSA
24300 Grand Junction, CO MSA
24340 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI MSA
24420 Grants Pass, OR MSA
24380 Grants, NM MISA
24460 Great Bend, KS MISA
24500 Great Falls, MT MSA
24540 Greeley, CO MSA
24580 Green Bay, WI MSA
24620 Greeneville, TN MISA
24640 Greenfield Town, MA MISA
24660 Greensboro-High Point, NC MSA
24700 Greensburg, IN MISA
24740 Greenville, MS MISA
24780 Greenville, NC MSA
24820 Greenville, OH MISA
24860 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC MSA
24900 Greenwood, MS MISA
24940 Greenwood, SC MISA
24980 Grenada, MS MISA
25060 Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS MSA
25100 Guymon, OK MISA
25180 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV MSA
25200 Hailey, ID MISA
25220 Hammond, LA MSA
25260 Hanford-Corcoran, CA MSA
25300 Hannibal, MO MISA
25420 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA MSA
25460 Harrison, AR MISA
25500 Harrisonburg, VA MSA
25540 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT MSA
25580 Hastings, NE MISA
25620 Hattiesburg, MS MSA
25700 Hays, KS MISA
25720 Heber, UT MISA
25740 Helena, MT MISA
25760 Helena-West Helena, AR MISA
25780 Henderson, NC MISA
25820 Hereford, TX MISA
25840 Hermiston-Pendleton, OR MISA
25860 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC MSA
25880 Hillsdale, MI MISA
25900 Hilo, HI MISA
25940 Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC MSA
25980 Hinesville, GA MSA
26020 Hobbs, NM MISA
26090 Holland, MI MISA
26140 Homosassa Springs, FL MSA
26220 Hood River, OR MISA
26300 Hot Springs, AR MSA
26340 Houghton, MI MISA
26380 Houma-Thibodaux, LA MSA
26420 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX MSA
26460 Hudson, NY MISA
26500 Huntingdon, PA MISA
26540 Huntington, IN MISA
26580 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA
26620 Huntsville, AL MSA
26660 Huntsville, TX MISA
26700 Huron, SD MISA
26740 Hutchinson, KS MISA
26780 Hutchinson, MN MISA
26820 Idaho Falls, ID MSA
26860 Indiana, PA MISA
26900 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN MSA
26940 Indianola, MS MISA
26960 Ionia, MI MISA
26980 Iowa City, IA MSA
27020 Iron Mountain, MI-WI MISA
27060 Ithaca, NY MSA
27100 Jackson, MI MSA
27140 Jackson, MS MSA
27160 Jackson, OH MISA
27180 Jackson, TN MSA
27220 Jackson, WY-ID MISA
27260 Jacksonville, FL MSA
27300 Jacksonville, IL MISA
27340 Jacksonville, NC MSA
27380 Jacksonville, TX MISA
27420 Jamestown, ND MISA
27460 Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia, NY MISA
27500 Janesville-Beloit, WI MSA
27540 Jasper, IN MISA
27620 Jefferson City, MO MSA
27600 Jefferson, GA MISA
27700 Jesup, GA MISA
27740 Johnson City, TN MSA
27780 Johnstown, PA MSA
27860 Jonesboro, AR MSA
27900 Joplin, MO MSA
27920 Junction City, KS MISA
27940 Juneau, AK MISA
27980 Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI MSA
28020 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI MSA
28060 Kalispell, MT MISA
28100 Kankakee, IL MSA
28140 Kansas City, MO-KS MSA
28180 Kapaa, HI MISA
28260 Kearney, NE MISA
28300 Keene, NH MISA
28340 Kendallville, IN MISA
28380 Kennett, MO MISA
28420 KenneWick-Richland, WA MSA
28500 Kerrville, TX MISA
28540 Ketchikan, AK MISA
28580 Key West, FL MISA
28620 Kill Devil Hills, NC MISA
28660 Killeen-Temple, TX MSA
28700 Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSA
28740 Kingston, NY MSA
28780 Kingsville, TX MISA
28820 Kinston, NC MISA
28860 Kirksville, MO MISA
28900 Klamath Falls, OR MISA
28940 Knoxville, TN MSA
29020 Kokomo, IN MSA
29100 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN MSA
29260 La Grande, OR MISA
29060 Laconia, NH MISA
29180 Lafayette, LA MSA
29200 Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN MSA
29300 LaGrange, GA MISA
29340 Lake Charles, LA MSA
29380 Lake City, FL MISA
29420 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ MSA
29460 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL MSA
29500 Lamesa, TX MISA
29540 Lancaster, PA MSA
29620 Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA
29660 Laramie, WY MISA
29700 Laredo, TX MSA
29740 Las Cruces, NM MSA
29780 Las Vegas, NM MISA
29820 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV MSA
29860 Laurel, MS MISA
29900 Laurinburg, NC MISA
29940 Lawrence, KS MSA
29980 Lawrenceburg, TN MISA
30020 Lawton, OK MSA
30060 Lebanon, MO MISA
30140 Lebanon, PA MSA
30220 Levelland, TX MISA
30260 Lewisburg, PA MISA
30280 Lewisburg, TN MISA
30300 Lewiston, ID-WA MSA
30340 Lewiston-Auburn, ME MSA
30380 Lewistown, PA MISA
30420 Lexington, NE MISA
30460 Lexington-Fayette, KY MSA
30580 Liberal, KS MISA
30620 Lima, OH MSA
30660 Lincoln, IL MISA
30700 Lincoln, NE MSA
30780 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR MSA
30820 Lock Haven, PA MISA
30860 Logan, UT-ID MSA
30880 Logan, WV MISA
30900 Logansport, IN MISA
30940 London, KY MISA
30980 Longview, TX MSA
31020 Longview, WA MSA
31060 Los Alamos, NM MISA
31080 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA MSA
31140 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN MSA
31180 Lubbock, TX MSA
31220 Ludington, MI MISA
31260 Lufkin, TX MISA
31300 Lumberton, NC MISA
31340 Lynchburg, VA MSA
31380 Macomb, IL MISA
31420 Macon, GA MSA
31460 Madera, CA MSA
31500 Madison, IN MISA
31540 Madison, WI MSA
31580 Madisonville, KY MISA
31620 Magnolia, AR MISA
31660 Malone, NY MISA
31680 Malvern, AR MISA
31700 Manchester-Nashua, NH MSA
31740 Manhattan, KS MSA
31820 Manitowoc, WI MISA
31860 Mankato-North Mankato, MN MSA
31900 Mansfield, OH MSA
31930 Marietta, OH MISA
31940 Marinette, WI-MI MISA
31980 Marion, IN MISA
32000 Marion, NC MISA
32020 Marion, OH MISA
32100 Marquette, MI MISA
32140 Marshall, MN MISA
32180 Marshall, MO MISA
32220 Marshall, TX MISA
32260 Marshalltown, IA MISA
32280 Martin, TN MISA
32300 Martinsville, VA MISA
32340 Maryville, MO MISA
32380 Mason City, IA MISA
32460 Mayfield, KY MISA
32500 Maysville, KY MISA
32540 McAlester, OK MISA
32580 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA
32620 McComb, MS MISA
32660 McMinnville, TN MISA
32700 McPherson, KS MISA
32740 Meadville, PA MISA
32780 Medford, OR MSA
32820 Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSA
32860 Menomonie, WI MISA
32900 Merced, CA MSA
32940 Meridian, MS MISA
32980 Merrill, WI MISA
33020 Mexico, MO MISA
33060 Miami, OK MISA
33100 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL MSA
33140 Michigan City-La Porte, IN MSA
33180 Middlesborough, KY MISA
33220 Midland, MI MSA
33260 Midland, TX MSA
33300 Milledgeville, GA MISA
33340 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI MSA
33420 Mineral Wells, TX MISA
33460 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MSA
33500 Minot, ND MISA
33540 Missoula, MT MSA
33580 Mitchell, SD MISA
33620 Moberly, MO MISA
33660 Mobile, AL MSA
33700 Modesto, CA MSA
33740 Monroe, LA MSA
33780 Monroe, MI MSA
33860 Montgomery, AL MSA
33940 Montrose, CO MISA
33980 Morehead City, NC MISA
34020 Morgan City, LA MISA
34060 Morgantown, WV MSA
34100 Morristown, TN MSA
34140 Moscow, ID MISA
34180 Moses Lake, WA MISA
34220 Moultrie, GA MISA
34340 Mount Airy, NC MISA
34380 Mount Pleasant, MI MISA
34420 Mount Pleasant, TX MISA
34460 Mount Sterling, KY MISA
34500 Mount Vernon, IL MISA
34540 Mount Vernon, OH MISA
34580 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA MSA
34260 Mountain Home, AR MISA
34300 Mountain Home, ID MISA
34620 Muncie, IN MSA
34660 Murray, KY MISA
34700 Muscatine, IA MISA
34740 Muskegon, MI MSA
34780 Muskogee, OK MISA
34820 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC MSA
34860 Nacogdoches, TX MISA
34900 Napa, CA MSA
34940 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL MSA
34980 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN MSA
35020 Natchez, MS-LA MISA
35060 Natchitoches, LA MISA
35100 New Bern, NC MSA
35220 New Castle, IN MISA
35260 New Castle, PA MISA
35300 New Haven-Milford, CT MSA
35380 New Orleans-Metairie, LA MSA
35420 New Philadelphia-Dover, OH MISA
35580 New Ulm, MN MISA
35620 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA MSA
35140 Newberry, SC MISA
35440 Newport, OR MISA
35460 Newport, TN MISA
35500 Newton, IA MISA
35660 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI MSA
35700 Nogales, AZ MISA
35740 Norfolk, NE MISA
35820 North Platte, NE MISA
35840 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA
35860 North Vernon, IN MISA
35900 North Wilkesboro, NC MISA
35940 Norwalk, OH MISA
35980 Norwich-New London, CT MSA
36020 Oak Harbor, WA MISA
36100 Ocala, FL MSA
36140 Ocean City, NJ MSA
36220 Odessa, TX MSA
36260 Ogden-Clearfield, UT MSA
36300 Ogdensburg-Massena, NY MISA
36340 Oil City, PA MISA
36380 Okeechobee, FL MISA
36420 Oklahoma City, OK MSA
36460 Olean, NY MISA
36500 Olympia-Tumwater, WA MSA
36540 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA MSA
36580 Oneonta, NY MISA
36620 Ontario, OR-ID MISA
36660 Opelousas, LA MISA
36700 Orangeburg, SC MISA
36740 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL MSA
36780 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA
36820 Oskaloosa, IA MISA
36830 Othello, WA MISA
36840 Ottawa, KS MISA
36860 Ottawa-Peru, IL MISA
36900 Ottumwa, IA MISA
36940 Owatonna, MN MISA
36980 Owensboro, KY MSA
37020 Owosso, MI MISA
37060 Oxford, MS MISA
37080 Oxford, NC MISA
37100 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA MSA
37120 Ozark, AL MISA
37140 Paducah, KY-IL MISA
37220 Pahrump, NV MISA
37260 Palatka, FL MISA
37300 Palestine, TX MISA
37340 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL MSA
37420 Pampa, TX MISA
37460 Panama City, FL MSA
37500 Paragould, AR MISA
37540 Paris, TN MISA
37580 Paris, TX MISA
37620 Parkersburg-Vienna, WV MSA
37660 Parsons, KS MISA
37740 Payson, AZ MISA
37780 Pecos, TX MISA
37860 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL MSA
37900 Peoria, IL MSA
37940 Peru, IN MISA
37980 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA
38060 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ MSA
38100 Picayune, MS MISA
38180 Pierre, SD MISA
38220 Pine Bluff, AR MSA
38240 Pinehurst-Southern Pines, NC MISA
38260 Pittsburg, KS MISA
38300 Pittsburgh, PA MSA
38340 Pittsfield, MA MSA
38380 Plainview, TX MISA
38420 Platteville, WI MISA
38460 Plattsburgh, NY MISA
38500 Plymouth, IN MISA
38540 Pocatello, ID MSA
38580 Point Pleasant, WV-OH MISA
38620 Ponca City, OK MISA
38700 Pontiac, IL MISA
38740 Poplar Bluff, MO MISA
38820 Port Angeles, WA MISA
38840 Port Clinton, OH MISA
38920 Port Lavaca, TX MISA
38940 Port St. Lucie, FL MSA
38780 Portales, NM MISA
38860 Portland-South Portland, ME MSA
38900 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA
39020 Portsmouth, OH MISA
39060 Pottsville, PA MISA
39140 Prescott, AZ MSA
39220 Price, UT MISA
39260 Prineville, OR MISA
39300 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA MSA
39340 Provo-Orem, UT MSA
39380 Pueblo, CO MSA
39420 Pullman, WA MISA
39460 Punta Gorda, FL MSA
39500 Quincy, IL-MO MISA
39540 Racine, WI MSA
39580 Raleigh, NC MSA
39660 Rapid City, SD MSA
39700 Raymondville, TX MISA
39740 Reading, PA MSA
39780 Red Bluff, CA MISA
39860 Red Wing, MN MISA
39820 Redding, CA MSA
39900 Reno, NV MSA
39940 Rexburg, ID MISA
39980 Richmond, IN MISA
40060 Richmond, VA MSA
40080 Richmond-Berea, KY MISA
40100 Rio Grande City, TX MISA
40140 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA MSA
40180 Riverton, WY MISA
40260 Roanoke Rapids, NC MISA
40220 Roanoke, VA MSA
40300 Rochelle, IL MISA
40340 Rochester, MN MSA
40380 Rochester, NY MSA
40540 Rock Springs, WY MISA
40420 Rockford, IL MSA
40460 Rockingham, NC MISA
40580 Rocky Mount, NC MSA
40620 Rolla, MO MISA
40660 Rome, GA MSA
40700 Roseburg, OR MISA
40740 Roswell, NM MISA
40780 Russellville, AR MISA
40820 Ruston, LA MISA
40860 Rutland, VT MISA
40900 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA MSA
40940 Safford, AZ MISA
40980 Saginaw, MI MSA
41400 Salem, OH MISA
41420 Salem, OR MSA
41460 Salina, KS MISA
41500 Salinas, CA MSA
41540 Salisbury, MD-DE MSA
41620 Salt Lake City, UT MSA
41660 San Angelo, TX MSA
41700 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX MSA
41740 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA MSA
41860 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA MSA
41940 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA MSA
42020 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA MSA
41760 Sandpoint, ID MISA
41780 Sandusky, OH MISA
41820 Sanford, NC MISA
42100 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA MSA
42140 Santa Fe, NM MSA
42200 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA MSA
42220 Santa Rosa, CA MSA
42300 Sault Ste. Marie, MI MISA
42340 Savannah, GA MSA
42380 Sayre, PA MISA
42420 Scottsbluff, NE MISA
42460 Scottsboro, AL MISA
42540 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA MSA
42620 Searcy, AR MISA
42660 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSA
42680 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL MSA
42700 Sebring, FL, FL MSA
42740 Sedalia, MO MISA
42780 Selinsgrove, PA MISA
42820 Selma, AL MISA
42900 Seneca Falls, NY MISA
42860 Seneca, SC MISA
42940 Sevierville, TN MISA
42980 Seymour, IN MISA
43020 Shawano, WI MISA
43060 Shawnee, OK MISA
43100 Sheboygan, WI MSA
43140 Shelby, NC MISA
43180 Shelbyville, TN MISA
43220 Shelton, WA MISA
43260 Sheridan, WY MISA
43300 Sherman-Denison, TX MSA
43320 Show Low, AZ MISA
43340 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA MSA
43380 Sidney, OH MISA
43420 Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ MSA
43460 Sikeston, MO MISA
43500 Silver City, NM MISA
43580 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD MSA
43620 Sioux Falls, SD MSA
43660 Snyder, TX MISA
43700 Somerset, KY MISA
43740 Somerset, PA MISA
43760 Sonora, CA MISA
43780 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI MSA
43900 Spartanburg, SC MSA
43940 Spearfish, SD MISA
43980 Spencer, IA MISA
44020 Spirit Lake, IA MISA
44060 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA MSA
44100 Springfield, IL MSA
44140 Springfield, MA MSA
44180 Springfield, MO MSA
44220 Springfield, OH MSA
41060 St. Cloud, MN MSA
41100 St. George, UT MSA
41140 St. Joseph, MO-KS MSA
41180 St. Louis, MO-IL MSA
41220 St. Marys, GA MISA
44260 Starkville, MS MISA
44300 State College, PA MSA
44340 Statesboro, GA MISA
44420 Staunton-Waynesboro, VA MSA
44460 Steamboat Springs, CO MISA
44500 Stephenville, TX MISA
44540 Sterling, CO MISA
44580 Sterling, IL MISA
44620 Stevens Point, WI MISA
44660 Stillwater, OK MISA
44700 Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA
44740 Storm Lake, IA MISA
44780 Sturgis, MI MISA
44860 Sulphur Springs, TX MISA
44900 Summerville, GA MISA
44920 Summit Park, UT MISA
44940 Sumter, SC MSA
44980 Sunbury, PA MISA
45000 Susanville, CA MISA
45020 Sweetwater, TX MISA
45060 Syracuse, NY MSA
45140 Tahlequah, OK MISA
45180 Talladega-Sylacauga, AL MISA
45220 Tallahassee, FL MSA
45300 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA
45340 Taos, NM MISA
45380 Taylorville, IL MISA
45460 Terre Haute, IN MSA
45500 Texarkana, TX-AR MSA
45520 The Dalles, OR MISA
45540 The Villages, FL MSA
45580 Thomaston, GA MISA
45620 Thomasville, GA MISA
45660 Tiffin, OH MISA
45700 Tifton, GA MISA
45740 Toccoa, GA MISA
45780 Toledo, OH MSA
45820 Topeka, KS MSA
45860 Torrington, CT MISA
45900 Traverse City, MI MISA
45940 Trenton, NJ MSA
45980 Troy, AL MISA
46020 Truckee-Grass Valley, CA MISA
46060 Tucson, AZ MSA
46100 Tullahoma-Manchester, TN MISA
46140 Tulsa, OK MSA
46180 Tupelo, MS MISA
46220 Tuscaloosa, AL MSA
46300 Twin Falls, ID MISA
46340 Tyler, TX MSA
46380 Ukiah, CA MISA
46460 Union City, TN-KY MISA
46520 Urban Honolulu, HI MSA
46500 Urbana, OH MISA
46540 Utica-Rome, NY MSA
46620 Uvalde, TX MISA
46660 Valdosta, GA MSA
46700 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA MSA
46740 Valley, AL MISA
46780 Van Wert, OH MISA
46820 Vermillion, SD MISA
46860 Vernal, UT MISA
46900 Vernon, TX MISA
46980 Vicksburg, MS MISA
47020 Victoria, TX MSA
47080 Vidalia, GA MISA
47180 Vincennes, IN MISA
47220 Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ MSA
47240 Vineyard Haven, MA MISA
47260 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA
47300 Visalia-Porterville, CA MSA
47340 Wabash, IN MISA
47380 Waco, TX MSA
47420 Wahpeton, ND-MN MISA
47460 Walla Walla, WA MSA
47540 Wapakoneta, OH MISA
47580 Warner Robins, GA MSA
47620 Warren, PA MISA
47660 Warrensburg, MO MISA
47700 Warsaw, IN MISA
47920 Washington Court House, OH MISA
47780 Washington, IN MISA
47820 Washington, NC MISA
47900 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA
47940 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA MSA
47980 Watertown, SD MISA
48020 Watertown-Fort Atkinson, WI MISA
48060 Watertown-Fort Drum, NY MSA
48100 Wauchula, FL MISA
48140 Wausau, WI MSA
48180 Waycross, GA MISA
48220 Weatherford, OK MISA
48260 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH MSA
48300 Wenatchee, WA MSA
48460 West Plains, MO MISA
48540 Wheeling, WV-OH MSA
48580 Whitewater-Elkhorn, WI MISA
48660 Wichita Falls, TX MSA
48620 Wichita, KS MSA
48700 Williamsport, PA MSA
48780 Williston, ND MISA
48820 Willmar, MN MISA
48900 Wilmington, NC MSA
48940 Wilmington, OH MISA
48980 Wilson, NC MISA
49020 Winchester, VA-WV MSA
49080 Winnemucca, NV MISA
49100 Winona, MN MISA
49180 Winston-Salem, NC MSA
49220 Wisconsin Rapids-Marshfield, WI MISA
49260 Woodward, OK MISA
49300 Wooster, OH MISA
49340 Worcester, MA-CT MSA
49380 Worthington, MN MISA
49420 Yakima, WA MSA
49460 Yankton, SD MISA
49620 York-Hanover, PA MSA
49660 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA MSA
49700 Yuba City, CA MSA
49740 Yuma, AZ MSA
49780 Zanesville, OH MISA
49820 Zapata, TX MISA

Lay of the Land. The following map shows the metro with bold boundary.
Counties are labeled with county name and state-county FIPS code.

 
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3.2. Patterns of Economic Prosperity by Neighborhood

Median household income by census tract (see color/data legend at left of map).

 
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4. Population Characteristics & Trends
Updated monthly, quarterly, annually. Housing market conditions and extended detail available in business edition.

4.1. Component City Characteristics
Principal Cities (about principal cities); Click link to view city profile.
  •   Aurora
  •   Broomfield
  •   Denver
  •   Lakewood

Cities 10,000 population and over; click link to view city profile.
  AreaCensus
2010
July 1
2010
July 1
2011
July 1
2012
July 1
2013
July 1
2014
Change
2010-14
%Change
2010-14
  Arvada, CO (0803455) 106,433 106,635 107,578 109,690 111,600 113,574 6,939 6.50
  Aurora, CO (0804000) 325,078 325,977 332,633 339,302 346,201 353,108 27,131 8.30
  Brighton, CO (0808675) 33,352 33,926 34,533 35,132 35,815 36,765 2,839 8.40
  Broomfield, CO (0809280) 55,889 56,266 57,433 58,992 60,306 62,138 5,872 10.40
  Castle Rock, CO (0812415) 48,231 48,584 50,116 51,416 53,152 55,747 7,163 14.70
  Centennial, CO (0812815) 100,377 100,871 102,479 104,074 106,431 107,201 6,330 6.30
  Commerce City, CO (0816495) 45,913 46,179 47,549 48,562 49,907 51,762 5,583 12.10
  Denver, CO (0820000) 600,158 603,365 619,390 633,868 648,401 663,862 60,497 10.00
  Englewood, CO (0824785) 30,255 30,347 30,787 31,240 31,628 32,480 2,133 7.00
  Federal Heights, CO (0826270) 11,467 11,509 11,655 11,804 12,063 12,178 669 5.80
  Golden, CO (0830835) 18,867 19,243 19,643 19,793 19,890 20,201 958 5.00
  Greenwood, CO (0833035) 13,925 13,977 14,232 14,469 14,678 15,385 1,408 10.10
  Lakewood, CO (0843000) 142,980 143,156 144,184 145,461 146,992 149,643 6,487 4.50
  Littleton, CO (0845255) 41,737 42,002 43,188 43,825 44,386 44,669 2,667 6.30
  Lone Tree, CO (0845955) 10,218 11,295 11,564 11,902 13,286 13,545 2,250 19.90
  Northglenn, CO (0854330) 35,789 35,908 36,461 36,992 37,559 38,596 2,688 7.50
  Parker, CO (0857630) 45,297 45,475 46,296 47,238 48,663 49,857 4,382 9.60
  Thornton, CO (0877290) 118,772 119,395 121,885 124,360 127,728 130,307 10,912 9.10
  Westminster, CO (0883835) 106,114 106,446 107,748 109,261 110,978 112,090 5,644 5.30
  Wheat Ridge, CO (0884440) 30,166 30,220 30,341 30,722 30,882 31,034 814 2.70

All places interactive tables General Demographics | Social | Economic | Housing
All places time series population estimates interactive table.

4.2. Component County Characteristics  
Updated periodically, annually. General demographics, social characteristics and extended detail available in business edition.

Metropolitan areas are defined as one or more contiguous counties based on a set of demographic-economic criteria. Counties comprising the metro are shown below. For multi-county metros, this section provides insights into how the population is changing by county. Many metros changed geographic composition (counties included in the metro) between the Census 2010 vintage and the current vintage. These changes, if any, are also shown below (county is marked with **). See projections in related section.Click county code link to view county components of change.

  AreaJuly 1
2010
PctJuly 1
2011
PctJuly 1
2012
PctJuly 1
2013
PctJuly 1
2014
PctJuly 1
2015
Pct
Metro Summary ... more details 2,554,468 100.0 2,601,104 100.0 2,648,482 100.0 2,700,086 100.0 2,755,856 100.0 2,814,330 100.0
  Adams County, CO (08001) 443,680 17.4 452,204 17.4 460,728 17.4 470,590 17.4 481,169 17.5 491,337 17.5
  Arapahoe County, CO (08005) 574,727 22.5 586,033 22.5 596,383 22.5 608,403 22.5 619,634 22.5 631,096 22.4
  Broomfield County, CO (08014) 56,271 2.2 57,445 2.2 58,949 2.2 60,163 2.2 61,875 2.2 65,065 2.3
  Clear Creek County, CO (08019) 9,083 0.4 9,056 0.3 9,070 0.3 9,080 0.3 9,171 0.3 9,303 0.3
  Denver County, CO (08031) 603,300 23.6 619,374 23.8 633,976 23.9 648,411 24.0 663,963 24.1 682,545 24.3
  Douglas County, CO (08035) 286,964 11.2 292,593 11.2 298,673 11.3 306,368 11.3 314,850 11.4 322,387 11.5
  Elbert County, CO (08039) 23,095 0.9 23,267 0.9 23,412 0.9 23,690 0.9 24,170 0.9 24,735 0.9
  Gilpin County, CO (08047) 5,461 0.2 5,445 0.2 5,455 0.2 5,573 0.2 5,722 0.2 5,828 0.2
  Jefferson County, CO (08059) 535,625 21.0 539,607 20.7 545,817 20.6 551,731 20.4 559,042 20.3 565,524 20.1
  Park County, CO (08093) 16,262 0.6 16,080 0.6 16,019 0.6 16,077 0.6 16,260 0.6 16,510 0.6

All counties interactive tables General Demographics | Social | Economic | Housing
All counties population estimates & components of change time series interactive table.

4.2.1. RDEMS County Characteristics
Updated quarterly. For more information, see RDEMS Main.
Links open HSG1 Housing & New Residential Construction section. Select other sections from list above table.
  Adams County, CO
  Arapahoe County, CO
  Denver County, CO
  Douglas County, CO
  Jefferson County, CO

4.3. General Demographic Characteristics
Updated annually. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  Item20132014Change
2013-14
%Change
2013-14
Total Population: Race/Origin 2,697,476 2,754,258 56,782 2.11
  One race 2,602,525 2,660,990 58,465 2.25
    White 2,215,642 2,266,137 50,495 2.28
    Black/African American 2,215,642 2,266,137 50,495 2.28
    American Indian/Alaska Native 17,533 26,447 8,914 50.84
    Asian alone 102,732 108,407 5,675 5.52
    Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 3,656 2,092 -1,564 -42.78
    Some other race alone 116,030 103,976 -12,054 -10.39
  Two or more races 94,951 93,268 -1,683 -1.77
  Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 613,551 628,890 15,339 2.50
Population 25 years and over 1,820,275 1,866,867 46,592 2.50
  % high school graduate or higher 90.1 89.7 -0.4 -0.44
  % bachelor's degree or higher 40.3 40.8 0.5 1.24
Total Households 1,035,096 1,054,371 19,275 1.24
  Median household income ($) 62,760 66,870 4,110 6.55
  Mean household income ($) 84,810 89,498 4,688 5.53
  Item20132014Change
2013-14
%Change
2013-14
Total Population: Gender & Age 2,697,476 2,754,258 56,782 2.11
  Male 1,345,384 1,374,657 29,273 5.53
  Female 1,352,092 1,379,601 27,509 5.53
  Under 5 years 176,499 176,613 114 5.53
  5 to 9 years 185,134 191,544 6,410 3.46
  10 to 14 years 187,120 182,995 -4,125 -2.20
  15 to 19 years 161,541 163,622 2,081 1.29
  20 to 24 years 166,907 172,617 5,710 3.42
  25 to 34 years 424,668 438,229 13,561 3.19
  35 to 44 years 397,702 400,329 2,627 0.66
  45 to 54 years 371,505 375,298 3,793 1.02
  55 to 59 years 171,375 176,264 4,889 2.85
  55 to 59 years 171,375 176,264 4,889 2.85
  60 to 64 years 151,679 155,069 3,390 2.23
  65 to 74 years 181,280 196,058 14,778 8.15
  75 to 84 years 85,776 86,664 888 1.04
  85 years and over 36,290 38,956 2,666 7.35
  Median age 36.1 36.1 0.0 0.00
  18 years and over 2,047,925 2,099,791 51,866 2.53
  21 years and over 1,957,311 2,009,725 52,414 2.68
  62 years and over 390,108 413,550 23,442 6.01
  65 years and over 303,346 321,678 18,332 6.04

5. Housing Characteristics & Trends
Updated monthly, quarterly, annually. Housing market conditions and extended detail available in business edition.

5.1. Total Housing Units
Updated Annually. Independent annual model-based estimates. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  ItemCensus
2010
July 1
2010
July 1
2011
July 1
2012
July 1
2013
July 1
2014
Change
2010-2014
%Change
2010-2014
  Total Housing Units 1,078,837 1,079,420 1,082,714 1,087,712 1,100,269 1,114,330 34,910 3.23

5.2. General Housing Characteristics
Updated Annually. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  Item20132014Change
2013-14
%Change
2013-14
Housing Units: Units in Structure 1,097,911 1,114,105 16,194 1.47
  1-unit, detached 655,249 661,775 6,526 1.00
  1-unit, attached 84,059 89,230 5,171 6.15
  2 units 14,729 14,728 -1 -0.01
  3 or 4 units 31,804 31,608 -196 -0.62
  5 to 9 units 56,669 54,591 -2,078 -3.67
  10 to 20 units 84,332 81,878 -2,454 -2.91
  20 or more units 151,800 159,252 7,452 4.91
  Item20132014Change
2013-14
%Change
2013-14
Housing Units: Occupancy & Tenure 1,097,911 1,114,105 16,194 1.47
  Occupied Housing Units 1,035,096 1,054,371 19,275 1.86
    Owner 657,099 657,134 35 0.01
    Renter 377,997 397,237 19,240 5.09
  Vacant Housing Units 62,815 59,734 -3,081 -4.90
  Homeowner vacancy rate 0.90 0.90 0.00...
  Rental vacancy rate 4.00 4.00 0.00...
Average household size; owner-occ 2.66 2.67 0.01 0.38
Average household size; renter-occ 2.42 2.42 0.00 0.00
Median Value $ owner occupied 257,000 276,800 19,800 7.70
Median Rent $ renter occupied 998 1,078 80 8.02

5.3. Residential Construction; Housing Units Authorized & Value
Updated Monthly. 12 most recent months. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  ItemAug15Sep15Oct15Nov15Dec15Jan16Feb16Mar16Apr16May16Jun16Jul16
Total Residential Units 1,483 1,772 1,073 1,587 2,110 1,495 1,435 1,564 1,652 1,987 1,289 1,419
  in 1 unit bldgs 835 842 768 683 733 715 852 927 877 879 914 908
  in 2 unit bldgs 6 0 2 4 6 2 0 2 0 12 0 4
  in 3-4 unit bldgs 3 64 3 4 3 4 7 16 4 9 0 12
  in 5+ unit bldgs 639 866 300 896 1,368 774 576 619 771 1,087 375 495
  Bldgs with 5+ units 11 13 6 12 11 8 25 8 13 21 14 7
  Percent Coverage 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Value ($000), Total Units 315,167 341,250 302,539 306,930 439,113 291,651 307,372 381,374 336,315 391,788 334,855 344,094
  1 unit structures 230,679 227,759 217,801 190,191 185,576 197,415 239,271 258,465 249,014 247,303 259,890 258,590
  2 unit structures 1,056 0 449 533 904 355 0 178 0 2,522 0 798
  3-4 unit structures 394 16,941 394 329 708 533 908 2,320 408 1,023 0 1,206
  5+ unit structures 83,038 96,550 83,895 115,877 251,925 93,348 67,193 120,411 86,893 140,940 74,965 83,500

5.4. Housing Price Index
Updated quarterly. All transactions; not seasonally adjusted. See related Housing Price Index (HPI) interactive table.
See related 5-Digit ZIP Code HPI interactive table.

    Housing Price Index:2015Q32015Q42016Q12016Q22016Q3
    260.63 264.96 270.64 281.02 287.52
    Quarter-to-Quarter/Year Percent Change:2015Q3-2015Q42015Q4-2016Q12016Q1-2016Q22016Q2-2016Q32015Q3-2016Q3
  1.66 2.14 3.84 2.31 10.32
6. Economic Characteristics & Trends

6.1. Economic Profile
The Economic Profile shows shows derivation and key components of total personal income. Data are organized by place of residence and place of work. The place of residence profile includes estimates of total personal income, population, and per capita personal income. The place of work profile includes estimates of total earnings, total employment and average earnings per job. Updated annually. See related interactive table.

  Item20112012201320142015Change
2011-2015
%Change
2011-2015
Personal income 121,383,631 130,544,627 139,212,185 151,397,505 157,531,669 36,148,038 29.8
  Net earnings 1/ 82,399,364 88,702,326 97,415,686 106,373,175 110,312,461 27,913,097 33.9
  Personal current transfer receipts 14,820,415 14,873,493 15,455,090 16,527,469 17,825,036 3,004,621 20.3
    Income maintenance 2/ 1,397,868 1,442,874 1,474,447 1,456,828 1,455,053 57,185 4.1
    Unemployment insurance compensation 942,924 648,783 475,271 267,238 262,535 -680,389 -72.2
    Retirement and other 12,479,623 12,781,836 13,505,372 14,803,403 16,107,448 3,627,825 29.1
  Dividends, interest, and rent 3/ 24,163,852 26,968,808 26,341,409 28,496,861 29,394,172 5,230,320 21.6
  Population 4/ 2,601,104 2,648,482 2,700,086 2,755,856 2,814,330 213,226 8.2
  Per capita personal income 46,666 49,290 51,558 54,937 55,975 9,309 19.9
  Per capita net earnings 31,679 33,492 36,079 38,599 39,197 7,518 23.7
  Per capita personal current transfer receipts 5,698 5,616 5,724 5,997 6,334 636 11.2
    Per capita income maintenance 537 545 546 529 517 -20 -3.7
    Per capita unemployment insurance compensation 363 245 176 97 93 -270 -74.4
    Per capita retirement and other 4,798 4,826 5,002 5,372 5,723 925 19.3
  Per capita dividends, interest, and rent 9,290 10,183 9,756 10,340 10,444 1,154 12.4
  Earnings by place of work 92,553,579 99,388,213 109,741,127 119,647,177 124,485,700 31,932,121 34.5
    Wages and salaries 70,166,235 74,667,789 77,547,116 83,470,594 88,839,268 18,673,033 26.6
    Supplements to wages and salaries 13,902,397 14,715,781 15,509,823 16,578,499 16,186,919 2,284,522 16.4
      Employer cont. for empl. pension & insur. funds 6/ 8,846,702 9,371,041 10,041,751 10,648,349 9,949,484 1,102,782 12.5
      Employer cont. for government social insurance 5,055,695 5,344,740 5,468,072 5,930,150 6,237,435 1,181,740 23.4
    Proprietors' income 8,484,947 10,004,643 16,684,188 19,598,084 19,459,513 10,974,566 129.3
      Nonfarm proprietors' income 20,555 -12,205 -20,300 -11,347 -7,429 -27,984 -136.1
      Farm proprietors' income 8,464,392 10,016,848 16,704,488 19,609,431 19,466,942 11,002,550 130.0
Total full-time and part-time employment 1,675,002 1,716,594 1,777,391 1,843,293 1,906,208 231,206 13.8
  Wage and salary jobs 1,274,958 1,311,317 1,357,743 1,411,417 1,462,128 187,170 14.7
  Number of proprietors 400,044 405,277 419,648 431,876 444,080 44,036 11.0
    Number of nonfarm proprietors 7/ 4,364 4,288 4,270 4,223 4,125 -239 -5.5
    Number of farm proprietors 395,680 400,989 415,378 427,653 439,955 44,275 11.2
Average earnings per job (dollars) 55,256 57,898 61,743 64,909 65,305 10,049 18.2
  Average wages and salaries 55,034 56,941 57,115 59,140 60,760 5,726 10.4
  Average nonfarm proprietors' income 21,392 24,980 40,215 45,854 44,248 22,856 106.8
Dollar items are in current dollars (not adjusted for inflation). Per capita items in dollars; other dollar items in thousands of dollars.
See related notes.

6.2. Cost of Living Indexes  
Updated periodically. Available in business edition.

6.3. Cost of Doing Business Indexes  
Updated periodically. Available in business edition.

6.4. Consumer Price Index  
Updated monthly. Available in business edition.

6.5. Gross Domestic Product by Sector  
Updated quarterly, annually. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table. Additional detail in business edition.
  Item200920102011201220132014Change
2009-14
%Change
2009-14
Gross Domestic Product, millions of current dollars 150,035 155,391 160,492 167,964 175,635 187,111 37,076 24.71
Real Gross Domestic Product, millions of real dollars 150,035 152,128 153,788 158,507 162,437 170,497 20,462 13.64

6.6. Establishments, Employment & Earnings by Detailed Type of Business
Updated quarterly. For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
  SectorEstablishments
2015Q1
Employment
2015Q1
Avg Weekly Wages
2015Q1
Establishments
2015Q2
Employment
2015Q2
Avg Weekly Wages
2015Q2
 Total, all industries 92,724 2,232,560 1,209 93,820 2,286,684 1,089
 Total, all industries - Fed Govt 341 46,456 1,679 338 47,241 1,421
 Total, all industries - St Govt 166 ...... 166 ......
 Total, all industries - Local Govt 376 ...... 376 ......
 Total, all industries - Private 91,841 1,922,032 1,225 92,940 1,968,287 1,100
    Goods-producing 11,183 266,534 1,465 11,360 274,291 1,282
      Natural resources and mining 914 25,098 3,881 912 24,998 2,569
      Construction 7,690 130,089 1,063 7,854 136,678 1,067
      Manufacturing 2,579 111,347 1,397 2,594 112,615 1,260
    Service-providing 80,658 1,655,498 1,186 81,580 1,693,996 1,070
      Trade, transportation & utilities 17,981 418,565 997 18,120 421,437 933
      Information 1,774 74,280 2,228 1,800 75,874 1,787
      Financial activities 11,141 159,679 2,081 11,267 163,733 1,469
      Professional & business services 25,712 407,253 1,554 26,146 417,211 1,454
      Education and health services 8,920 283,895 895 9,008 288,548 948
      Leisure and hospitality 7,185 242,853 460 7,233 257,367 442
      Other services 7,822 68,724 716 7,918 69,633 733
      Unclassified 123 249 1,397 88 194 1,045

Notes: cell value of '...' indicates value suppressed to maintain confidentiality.

Use the following links to access detailed establishment and employment data by type of business (CSV files).
  .. see notes on using these files.
  2013Q1 .. 2013Q2 .. 2013Q3 .. 2013Q4 .|. 2014Q1 .. 2014Q2 .. 2014Q3 .. 2014Q4 .|. 2015Q1 .. 2015Q2 .. 2015Q3 .. 2015Q4 .. 2016Q1 .. 2016Q2
 
6.7. Labor Market Characteristics & Trends
Updated monthly. Available in business edition.
For more information, detail & to compare areas use interactive table.
Table shows 13 most recent months.
  ItemAug15Sep15Oct15Nov15Dec15Jan16Feb16Mar16Apr16May16Jun16Jul16Aug16
Unemplymnt Rate 3.9 3.6 3.5 3.7 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.9 3.9 3.8 4.3 3.8 3.6
Unemployment 9,725 8,935 8,694 9,109 9,298 9,146 9,344 9,709 9,858 9,695 11,044 9,808 9,098
Employment 239,307 239,294 239,407 238,430 236,985 237,331 240,578 241,083 243,165 244,688 244,802 246,062 245,734
Labor Force249,032248,229248,101247,539246,283246,477249,922250,792253,023254,383255,846255,870254,832

7. Education Infrastructure  

7.1. Component School District Characteristics  
Districts in this metro. Updated periodically. See related School District interactive table.
District NameCity Name District
Code
Locale
Code
CountyState2012-13
Enrollment
2013 Total
Population
Grade Relevant
Pop Ages 5-17
Adams 12 Five Star SchoolsThornton 08069002108001CO 43,268 222,920 44,089
Agate School District No. 300Agate 08019804308039CO 10 682 104
Aurora, Joint District No. 28 of The Counties of Adams And AAurora 08023401108005CO 39,835 219,168 40,904
Bennett School District No. 29jBennett 08024304208001CO 1,044 6,586 1,348
Big Sandy School District No. 100jSimla 08066004308039CO 300 1,905 355
Brighton School District No. 27jBrighton 08025802108001CO 16,184 82,372 17,310
Byers School District No. 32jByers 08027004208005CO 563 2,620 533
Cherry Creek, School District No. 5, In The County of ArapahGreenwood Village 08029102108005CO 53,422 290,280 55,930
Clear Creek School District No. Re-1Idaho Springs 08030004208019CO 959 9,031 1,031
Deer Trail School District No. 26jDeer Trail 08032704308005CO 185 951 197
Douglas County School District, No. Re 1Castle Rock 08034502108035CO 64,657 308,286 69,001
Elbert School District No. 200Elbert 08036904208039CO 209 1,598 323
Englewood, School District No. 1, In The County of ArapahoeEnglewood 08037802108005CO 2,981 26,608 2,982
Gilpin County School District No. Re-1Black Hawk 08042304208047CO 373 2,844 341
Jefferson County School District No. R-1Golden 08048002108059CO 85,542 554,857 88,260
Littleton, School District No. 6, In The County of ArapahoeLittleton 08053102108005CO 15,754 97,473 15,833
Mapleton, School District No. 1, In The County of Adams & StDenver 08055502108001CO 8,051 32,342 6,535
Park County School District No. Re-2Fairplay 08038404308093CO 581 6,923 746
Platte Canyon, School District No. 1, of The County of ParkBailey 08023704308093CO 1,089 9,198 1,357
School District N. 14 In The County of Adams & State of ColoCommerce City 08019502108001CO 7,500 38,733 8,738
School District No. 1 In The County of Denver And State of CDenver 08033601108031CO 83,377 649,495 91,237
School District No. C-1, In The County of Elbert And State OElizabeth 08037204208039CO 2,703 14,647 2,771
School District No. C-2 In The County of Elbert And State OfKiowa 08050104208039CO 383 2,668 507
Sheridan School District No. 2Sheridan 08065402108005CO 1,584 8,519 1,474
Strasburg School District 31jStrasburg 08067504208001CO 1,001 5,092 1,137
Westminster, School District No. 50, In The County of AdamsWestminster 08072302108001CO 10,069 74,667 13,515

Number of districts: 26 ... Total enrollment: 441,624
All school districts interactive tables General Demographics | Social | Economic | Housing
All school districts enrollment & adminstratively reported data interactive table.

7.2. Component Higher Education Institution Characteristics  
2014-15 School Year. Extended detail available in business edition.
  Institution City Name Code LevelTotal UG EnrollmentFulltime UG EnrollmentTotal Grad EnrollmentFulltime Grad Enrollment
American Sentinel University Aurora, CO4607389 1,712 74 1,461 440
Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO1262893 10,401 1,618 0 0
Argosy University-Denver Denver, CO4487349 129 36 288 64
Aspen University Denver, CO4548299 231 13 1,257 13
Aveda Institute-Denver Denver, CO4592774 440 440 0 0
Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology Denver, CO1263593 489 489 0 0
College America-Denver Denver, CO1268725 407 407 0 0
Colorado Christian University Lakewood, CO1266697 5,324 1,611 463 106
Colorado Heights University Denver, CO3678397 107 98 47 40
Colorado School of Healing Arts Lakewood, CO3817324 176 107 0 0
Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO1267759 4,456 4,240 1,506 1,154
Colorado School of Trades Lakewood, CO1267843 196 196 0 0
Colorado State University-Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO4769757 6,907 2,841 2,352 893
Colorado Technical University-Greenwood Village Aurora, CO4300879 526 274 189 123
Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO1268633 7,617 1,528 0 0
Community College of Denver Denver, CO1269423 10,296 2,514 0 0
Concorde Career College-Aurora Aurora, CO1266873 761 761 0 0
DeVry University-Colorado Westminster, CO4824407 750 300 214 31
Denver School of Nursing Denver, CO4548565 790 790 0 0
Ecotech Institute Aurora, CO4602153 375 300 0 0
Empire Beauty School-Arvada Arvada, CO3817504 37 28 0 0
Empire Beauty School-Aurora Aurora, CO4471754 138 97 0 0
Empire Beauty School-Lakewood Lakewood, CO1268544 83 83 0 0
Empire Beauty School-Littleton Littleton, CO4471664 76 56 0 0
Empire Beauty School-Thornton Thornton, CO1283374 132 107 0 0
Everest College-Aurora Aurora, CO3665443 328 255 0 0
Everest College-Thornton Thornton, CO1277873 342 261 0 0
Front Range Community College Westminster, CO1272003 18,761 5,575 0 0
Heritage College-Denver Denver, CO2625093 482 482 0 0
ITT Technical Institute-Aurora Aurora, CO4596755 231 188 0 0
ITT Technical Institute-Westminster Westminster, CO2441545 212 158 0 0
Johnson & Wales University-Denver Denver, CO4392887 1,363 1,255 28 27
Jones International University Centennial, CO4447239 1,195 656 656 408
Lincoln College of Technology-Denver Denver, CO1269514 1,263 1,263 0 0
Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver, CO1275657 21,196 12,718 478 292
National American University-Centennial Centennial, CO4661615 108 7 0 0
National American University-Denver Denver, CO1276995 218 32 0 0
National Beauty College Denver, CO4548474 51 51 0 0
New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc Parker, CO4768234 57 56 0 0
Paul Mitchell the School-Denver Lakewood, CO4821764 171 162 0 0
Pickens Technical College Aurora, CO1281514 1,084 984 0 0
Pima Medical Institute-Denver Denver, CO4049123 944 944 0 0
Pima Medical Institute-South Denver Aurora, CO4616893 315 315 0 0
Platt College-Aurora Aurora, CO2608135 209 209 0 0
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO1279094 8,112 2,665 0 0
Redstone College Broomfield, CO1266053 552 462 0 0
Regency Beauty Institute-Lakewood Lakewood, CO4507844 59 45 0 0
Regency Beauty Institute-Westminster Westminster, CO4507934 131 89 0 0
Regis University Denver, CO1279189 5,009 2,501 4,199 2,460
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design Lakewood, CO1279457 1,019 588 26 6
The Art Institute of Colorado Denver, CO1267025 1,414 896 0 0
University of Colorado Denver Denver, CO1265629 13,509 7,996 9,282 4,151
University of Denver Denver, CO1270609 5,643 5,304 6,166 3,298
University of Phoenix-Colorado Lone Tree, CO4846408 1,351 1,351 323 323
Westwood College-Denver North Denver, CO1270245 342 229 0 0
Westwood College-Denver South Denver, CO3817875 236 170 0 0
Xenon International Academy-Denver Aurora, CO3723564 62 62 0 0
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary Denver, CO1284259 12 12 3 3

  Number of institutions: 58 ... Total undergraduate enrollment: 138,537
  Levels: 3-Assoc degree, 4-at least 2, but < 4 years, 5-Bach degree, 6-Postbacc cert, 7 Masters degree, 8 Post-masters cert, 9 Doctors degree

8. GeoPolitics  
Updated periodically. Voting patterns, citizen voting age population, state legislative districts, congressional districts .. in this metro.
Available in business edition.

Notes
  • All data are for current vintage metro definition.
  • Developed by ProximityOne -- Metro Reports (888-364-7656)
  • Data sources: ProximityOne, Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Housing Finance Agency,
    National Center for Education Statistics.

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