Front Range Urban Corridor

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Front Range Urban Corridor
Megaregion of the U.S.
Cheyenne looking toward the Wyoming State Capitol
Cheyenne looking toward the Wyoming State Capitol
The Colorado State Capitol in Denver
The Colorado State Capitol in Denver
Pikes Peak from the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak from the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Country

 United States


Population 4,495,181

The Front Range Urban Corridor is an oblong region of urban population located along the eastern face of the Southern Rocky Mountains in the U.S. 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 4,495,181 on July 1, 2012, an increase of +3.73% since the 2010 United States Census.[1]

Extent[edit]

The Front Range Urban Corridor stretches from Pueblo, Colorado, north along Interstate Highway 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 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.[2]
  3. The CBSA population as of July 1, 2012, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau.[1]
  4. The county.[1]
  5. The county population as of July 1, 2012, 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, 2000, to April 1, 2012.[1]
An enlargeable map of the Front Range Urban Corridor of Colorado and Wyoming
The Front Range Urban Corridor

Region CBSA 2012 Estimate County 2012 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Southeast Wyoming Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area 94,483 Laramie County !B9885438247968 94,483 !B9885733080328 91,738 !D0035091556132 +2.99%
North Central Colorado Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 310,487 Larimer County !B9873541026884 310,487 !B9873896963408 299,630 !D0033177383468 +3.62%
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 263,691 Weld County !B9875174667579 263,691 !B9875595471712 252,825 !D0031470589016 +4.30%
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 305,318 Boulder County !B9873708908646 305,318 !B9874067382395 294,567 !D0033105077079 +3.65%
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,645,209 City and County of Denver !B9866397778728 634,265 !B9866950517671 600,158 !D0028676903120 +5.68%
Arapahoe County !B9867027660891 595,546 !B9867431004848 572,003 !D0031903156997 +4.12%
Jefferson County !B9867908022612 545,358 !B9868108325447 534,543 !D0039004781168 +2.02%
Adams County !B9869618925266 459,598 !B9870018334325 441,603 !D0032003173468 +4.07%
Douglas County !B9873944300181 298,215 !B9874381252913 285,465 !D0031085881580 +4.47%
City and County of Broomfield !B9890266769335 58,298 !B9890688771401 55,889 !D0031441558572 +4.31%
Elbert County !B9899402354584 23,383 !B9899530183478 23,086 !D0043532495133 +1.29%
Park County !B9903178451393 16,029 !B9903068631769 16,206 !H9954830129095 −1.09%
Clear Creek County !B9908921354196 9,026 !B9908852898590 9,088 !H9950124242440 −0.68%
Gilpin County !B9913891343327 5,491 !B9913982818535 5,441 !D0046896951410 +0.92%
South Central Colorado Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 668,353 El Paso County !B9866230502197 644,964 !B9866588818880 622,263 !D0033109538565 +3.65%
Teller County !B9899399788946 23,389 !B9899416477369 23,350 !D0063947906169 +0.17%
Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 46,788 Fremont County !B9892466179612 46,788 !B9892458488290 46,824 !H9928293677674 −0.08%
Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 160,852 Pueblo County !B9880117600334 160,852 !B9880229443708 159,063 !D0044876435456 +1.12%
Total !B9846814835079 4,495,181 !B9847180580699 4,333,742 !D0032900592886 +3.73%

Municipalities[edit]

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

Rank Municipality State County CBSA 2011 Estimate 2010 Census Change
!000001 DenvCity and County of Denver Colorado DenvCity and County of Denver Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9866625768572 619,968 !B9866950517671 600,158 !D0034110060931 +3.30%
!000002 ColoCity of Colorado Springs Colorado El Paso County Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9870368949911 426,388 !B9870605335448 416,427 !D0037330337079 +2.39%
!000003 AuroCity of Aurora Colorado Arapahoe County
Adams County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9872860440550 332,354 !B9873081795674 325,078 !D0037994838928 +2.24%
!000004 FortCity of Fort Collins Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9881034324939 146,762 !B9881225286483 143,986 !D0039487050299 +1.93%
!000005 LakeCity of Lakewood Colorado Jefferson County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9881196159441 144,406 !B9881295399606 142,980 !D0046078314383 +1.00%
!000006 ThorCity of Thornton Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
!B9882928655808 121,435 !B9883150390321 118,772 !D0037977523820 +2.24%
!000007 WestCity of Westminster Colorado Adams County
Jefferson County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9884104190961 107,967 !B9884277307331 106,114 !D0040477080406 +1.75%
!000008 PuebCity of Pueblo Colorado Pueblo County Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9884140378507 107,577 !B9884232081147 106,595 !D0046872005769 +0.92%
!000009 ArvaCity of Arvada Colorado Jefferson County
Adams County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9884143725508 107,541 !B9884247290418 106,433 !D0045649590908 +1.04%
!000010 CentCity of Centennial[3] Colorado Arapahoe County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9884613775489 102,603 !B9884833116236 100,377 !D0038087268444 +2.22%
!000011 BoulCity of Boulder Colorado Boulder County Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9884982467120 98,889 !B9885135725263 97,385 !D0041705439691 +1.54%
!000012 GreeCity of Greeley Colorado Weld County Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9885387679094 94,962 !B9885608394890 92,889 !D0038024083984 +2.23%
!000013 LongCity of Longmont Colorado Boulder County
Weld County
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
!B9886181860008 87,712 !B9886347628079 86,270 !D0040914508742 +1.67%
!000014 LoveCity of Loveland Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9888697561688 68,203 !B9888896587967 66,859 !D0039069356821 +2.01%
!000015 CheyCity of Cheyenne Wyoming Laramie County Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9889963014374 60,096 !B9890068400003 59,466 !D0045474401802 +1.06%
!000016 BrooCity and County of Broomfield Colorado BrooCity and County of Broomfield Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9890430370044 57,352 !B9890688771401 55,889 !D0036428784587 +2.62%
!000017 CastTown of Castle Rock Colorado Douglas County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9891932056431 49,355 !B9892162427531 48,231 !D0037591082163 +2.33%
!000018 CommCity of Commerce City Colorado Adams County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9892433532270 46,941 !B9892654964196 45,913 !D0037991331343 +2.24%
!000019 ParkTown of Parker Colorado Douglas County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9892557429936 46,363 !B9892790039158 45,297 !D0037493274793 +2.35%
!000020 LittCity of Littleton Colorado Arapahoe County
Jefferson County
Douglas County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9893394753935 42,639 !B9893608566954 41,737 !D0038345287844 +2.16%
!000021 NortCity of Northglenn Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
!B9894925244032 36,588 !B9895146041373 35,789 !D0038020349168 +2.23%
!000022 BrigCity of Brighton Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
!B9895638568411 34,069 !B9895851269804 33,352 !D0038397971789 +2.15%
!000023 EnglCity of Englewood Colorado Arapahoe County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9896605181343 30,930 !B9896825832609 30,255 !D0038027040481 +2.23%
!000024 WheaCity of Wheat Ridge Colorado Jefferson County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9896756662373 30,465 !B9896855292586 30,166 !D0046140271679 +0.99%
!000025 FounCity of Fountain Colorado El Paso County Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area !B9898160438295 26,475 !B9898400888709 25,846 !D0037157798723 +2.43%

Wyoming jurisdictions[edit]

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[edit]

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

Gallery of the most populous Front Range municipalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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