Colorado metropolitan areas

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The metropolitan areas of the State of Colorado include the urban statistical areas defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget and regions of urban population defined by other organizations.

Census statistical areas[edit]

An enlargeable map of the 14 Core Based Statistical Areas in the State of Colorado

The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has defined one Combined Statistical Area (CSA),[1] seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs),[2] and seven Micropolitan Statistical Areas (μSAs)[3] in the State of Colorado.[4] At the 2010 United States Census, 91.86% of Coloradans lived in one of these areas.[5]

The following table describes the census statistical areas of the State of Colorado with the following information:

  1. The Combined Statistical Area (CSA) as designated by the OMB[4]
  2. The CSA population as of July 1, 2011, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau[5]
  3. The Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) as designated by the OMB[4]
  4. The CBSA population as of July 1, 2011, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau,[5]
  5. The county[6]
  6. The county population as of July 1, 2011, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau,[5]
  7. The county population as of April 1, 2010, as enumerated by the 2010 United States Census,[5]
  8. The percent county population change from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011.
Census Statistical Areas in the State of Colorado

Combined Statistical Area 2011 Estimate Core Based Statistical Area 2011 Estimate County 2011 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO Combined Statistical Area 3,157,520 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,599,504 City and County of Denver 619,968 600,158 +3.30%
Arapahoe County 584,948 572,003 +2.26%
Jefferson County 539,884 534,543 +1.00%
Adams County 451,443 441,603 +2.23%
Douglas County 292,167 285,465 +2.35%
City and County of Broomfield 57,352 55,889 +2.62%
Elbert County 23,174 23,086 +0.38%
Park County 16,089 16,206 −0.72%
Clear Creek County 9,012 9,088 −0.84%
Gilpin County 5,467 5,441 +0.48%
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 299,378 Boulder County, Colorado 299,378 294,567 +1.63%
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 258,638 Weld County, Colorado 258,638 252,825 +2.30%
Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 660,319 El Paso County, Colorado 636,963 622,263 +2.36%
Teller County, Colorado 23,356 23,350 +0.03%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 305,525 Larimer County, Colorado 305,525 299,630 +1.97%
Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 160,545 Pueblo County, Colorado 160,545 159,063 +0.93%
Grand Junction, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 147,083 Mesa County, Colorado 147,083 146,723 +0.25%
Edwards, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 59,281 Eagle County, Colorado 51,854 52,197 −0.66%
Lake County, Colorado 7,427 7,310 +1.60%
Durango, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 51,917 La Plata County, Colorado 51,917 51,334 +1.14%
Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 47,347 Fremont County, Colorado 47,347 46,824 +1.12%
Montrose, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 41,011 Montrose County, Colorado 41,011 41,276 −0.64%
Fort Morgan, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 28,175 Morgan County, Colorado 28,175 28,159 +0.06%
Silverthorne, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 27,972 Summit County, Colorado 27,972 27,994 −0.08%
Sterling, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 22,619 Logan County, Colorado 22,619 22,709 −0.40%

Other urban regions[edit]

In addition to the U.S. Census Bureau defined areas above, there are several other defined regions of urban population in Colorado.

The skyline of downtown Denver with Speer Boulevard in the foreground.

Denver Core Metropolitan Area[edit]

An enlargeable map of the four-county Denver Core Metropolitan Area

The four-county Denver Core Metropolitan Area dates from the creation of the City and County of Denver in 1902.[5]

Denver Core Metropolitan Area
County 2011 Estimate 2010 Census Change
DenCity and County of Denver 619,968 600,158 +3.30%
Arapahoe County 584,948 572,003 +2.26%
Jefferson County 539,884 534,543 +1.00%
Adams County 451,443 441,603 +2.23%
Total 2,196,243 2,148,307 +2.23%

Denver Central Metropolitan Area[edit]

An enlargeable map of the six-county Denver Central Metropolitan Area

The six-county Denver Central Metropolitan Area also includes Douglas County and the City and County of Broomfield.[5]

Denver Central Metropolitan Area
County 2011 Estimate 2010 Census Change
DenCity and County of Denver 619,968 600,158 +3.30%
Arapahoe County 584,948 572,003 +2.26%
Jefferson County 539,884 534,543 +1.00%
Adams County 451,443 441,603 +2.23%
Douglas County 292,167 285,465 +2.35%
BroCity and County of Broomfield 57,352 55,889 +2.62%
Total 2,545,762 2,489,661 +2.25%

Denver Region[edit]

An enlargeable map of the nine-county Denver Regional Council of Governments

The nine-county Denver Region of the Denver Regional Council of Governments also includes Boulder County, Clear Creek County, and Gilpin County.[5]

Denver Region
County 2011 Estimate 2010 Census Change
DenCity and County of Denver 619,968 600,158 +3.30%
Arapahoe County 584,948 572,003 +2.26%
Jefferson County 539,884 534,543 +1.00%
Adams County 451,443 441,603 +2.23%
Boulder County 299,378 294,567 +1.63%
Douglas County 292,167 285,465 +2.35%
BroCity and County of Broomfield 57,352 55,889 +2.62%
Clear Creek County 9,012 9,088 −0.84%
Gilpin County 5,467 5,441 +0.48%
Total 2,859,619 2,798,757 +2.17%

North Central Colorado Urban Area[edit]

An enlargeable map of the 13-county North Central Colorado Urban Area

The 13-county North Central Colorado Urban Area comprises the four contiguous Metropolitan Statistical Areas of north central Colorado.[5][7]

North Central Colorado Urban Area
Core Based Statistical Area 2011 Estimate County 2011 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,599,504 City and County of Denver 619,968 600,158 +3.30%
Arapahoe County 584,948 572,003 +2.26%
Jefferson County 539,884 534,543 +1.00%
Adams County 451,443 441,603 +2.23%
Douglas County 292,167 285,465 +2.35%
City and County of Broomfield 57,352 55,889 +2.62%
Elbert County 23,174 23,086 +0.38%
Park County 16,089 16,206 −0.72%
Clear Creek County 9,012 9,088 −0.84%
Gilpin County 5,467 5,441 +0.48%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 305,525 Larimer County, Colorado 305,525 299,630 +1.97%
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 299,378 Boulder County, Colorado 299,378 294,567 +1.63%
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 258,638 Weld County, Colorado 258,638 252,825 +2.30%
Total 3,463,045 3,390,504 +2.14%

South Central Colorado Urban Area[edit]

An enlargeable map of the four-county South Central Colorado Urban Area

The four-county South Central Colorado Urban Area comprises the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Pueblo Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area.[5]

South Central Colorado Urban Area
Core Based Statistical Area 2011 Estimate County 2011 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 660,319 El Paso County, Colorado 636,963 622,263 +2.36%
Teller County, Colorado 23,356 23,350 +0.03%
Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 160,545 Pueblo County, Colorado 160,545 159,063 +0.93%
Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 47,347 Fremont County, Colorado 47,347 46,824 +1.12%
Total 868,211 851,500 +1.96%

Front Range Urban Corridor[edit]

An enlargeable map of the 18-county Front Range Urban Corridor

The 18-county Front Range Urban Corridor comprises the eight contiguous Core Based Statistical Areas from Cheyenne to Pueblo.

The Front Range Urban Corridor encompasses the 13-county North Central Colorado Urban Area, the four-county South Central Colorado Urban Area, and Laramie County, Wyoming.[5]

The Front Range Urban Corridor
Region Core Based Statistical Area 2011 Estimate County 2011 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Southeast Wyoming Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area 92,680 Laramie County 92,680 91,738 +1.03%
North Central Colorado Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 305,525 Larimer County 305,525 299,630 +1.97%
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 258,638 Weld County 258,638 252,825 +2.30%
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 299,378 Boulder County 299,378 294,567 +1.63%
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,599,504 City and County of Denver 619,968 600,158 +3.30%
Arapahoe County 584,948 572,003 +2.26%
Jefferson County 539,884 534,543 +1.00%
Adams County 451,443 441,603 +2.23%
Douglas County 292,167 285,465 +2.35%
City and County of Broomfield 57,352 55,889 +2.62%
Elbert County 23,174 23,086 +0.38%
Park County 16,089 16,206 −0.72%
Clear Creek County 9,012 9,088 −0.84%
Gilpin County 5,467 5,441 +0.48%
South Central Colorado Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 660,319 El Paso County 636,963 622,263 +2.36%
Teller County 23,356 23,350 +0.03%
Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 47,347 Fremont County 47,347 46,824 +1.12%
Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 160,545 Pueblo County 160,545 159,063 +0.93%
Total 4,423,936 4,333,742 +2.08%

Metropolitan Planning Organizations[edit]

An enlargeable map of the territory of the five Metropolitan Planning Organizations in the State of Colorado

The five Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in Colorado are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The United States Office of Management and Budget defines a Combined Statistical Area (CSA) as an aggregate of adjacent Core Based Statistical Areas that are linked by commuting ties.
  2. ^ The United States Office of Management and Budget defines a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as a Core Based Statistical Area having at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties.
  3. ^ The United States Office of Management and Budget defines a Micropolitan Statistical Area (μSA) as a Core Based Statistical Area having at least one urban cluster of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties.
  4. ^ a b c "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. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "American Factfinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Colorado Counties as of May 10, 2011". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. May 10, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009" (CSV). 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 23, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2010. 

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