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Front Range Urban Corridor
Cheyenne looking toward the Wyoming State Capitol
Cheyenne looking toward the Wyoming State Capitol
The Colorado State Capitol in Denver
Pikes Peak from the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Country  United States
Population
4,833,260

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 west central boundary of the corridor. 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 4,833,260 on July 1, 2016, an increase of +11.53% since the 2010 United States Census. [1]

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 Front Range Megaregion, 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]

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, 2016, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau. [1]
  4. The county. [1]
  5. The county population as of July 1, 2016, 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, 2016. [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
The Front Range Urban Corridor

Region CBSA 2016 Estimate County 2016 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Southeast Wyoming Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area 98,136 Laramie County 98,136 91,738 +6.97%
North Central Colorado Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 339,993 Larimer County 339,993 299,630 +13.47%
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 294,932 Weld County 294,932 252,825 +16.65%
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 322,226 Boulder County 322,226 294,567 +9.39%
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,853,077 City and County of Denver 693,060 600,158 +15.48%
Arapahoe County 637,068 572,003 +11.37%
Jefferson County 571,837 534,543 +6.98%
Adams County 498,187 441,603 +12.81%
Douglas County 328,632 285,465 +15.12%
City and County of Broomfield 66,529 55,889 +19.04%
Elbert County 25,231 23,086 +9.29%
Park County 17,166 16,206 +5.92%
Clear Creek County 9,436 9,088 +3.83%
Gilpin County 5,931 5,441 +9.01%
South Central Colorado Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 712,327 El Paso County 688,284 622,263 +10.61%
Teller County 24,043 23,350 +2.97%
Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 47,446 Fremont County 47,446 46,824 +1.33%
Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 165,123 Pueblo County 165,123 159,063 +3.81%
Total 4,833,260 4,333,742 +11.53%

Municipalities

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

Rank Municipality State County CBSA 2016 Estimate 2010 Census Change
1 City and County of Denver Colorado City and County of Denver Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 693,060 600,158 +15.48%
2 City of Colorado Springs Colorado El Paso County Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 465,101 416,427 +11.69%
3 City of Aurora Colorado Arapahoe County
Adams County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 361,710 325,078 +11.27%
4 City of Fort Collins Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 164,207 143,986 +14.04%
5 City of Lakewood Colorado Jefferson County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 154,393 142,980 +7.98%
6 City of Thornton Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
136,703 118,772 +15.10%
7 City of Westminster Colorado Adams County
Jefferson County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 113,875 106,114 +7.31%
8 City of Pueblo Colorado Pueblo County Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 110,291 106,595 +3.47%
9 City of Arvada Colorado Jefferson County
Adams County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 117,453 106,433 +10.35%
10 City of Centennial [4] Colorado Arapahoe County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 109,932 100,377 +9.52%
11 City of Boulder Colorado Boulder County Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 108,090 97,385 +10.99%
12 City of Greeley Colorado Weld County Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 103,990 92,889 +11.95%
13 City of Longmont Colorado Boulder County
Weld County
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
92,858 86,270 +7.64%
14 City of Loveland Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 76,897 66,859 +15.01%
15 City of Cheyenne Wyoming Laramie County Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area 64,019 59,466 +7.66%
16 City and County of Broomfield Colorado City and County of Broomfield Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 66,529 55,889 +19.04%
17 Town of Castle Rock Colorado Douglas County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 57,666 48,231 +19.56%
18 City of Commerce City Colorado Adams County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 54,869 45,913 +19.51%
19 Town of Parker Colorado Douglas County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 51,163 45,297 +12.95%
20 City of Littleton Colorado Arapahoe County
Jefferson County
Douglas County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 46,333 41,737 +11.01%
21 City of Northglenn Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
38,982 35,789 +8.92%
22 City of Brighton Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
38,314 33,352 +14.88%
23 City of Englewood Colorado Arapahoe County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 34,050 30,255 +12.54%
24 City of Wheat Ridge Colorado Jefferson County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 31,372 30,166 +4.00%
25 City of Fountain Colorado El Paso County Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 28,753 25,846 +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:

Gallery of the most populous Front Range municipalities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Estimates of the Components of Resident Population Change for Counties: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016". 2016 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Megaregions". Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). United States Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 16, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  4. ^ The City of Centennial, Colorado was incorporated on February 7, 2001.

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