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 94,483 91,738 +2.99%
North Central Colorado Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 310,487 Larimer County 310,487 299,630 +3.62%
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 263,691 Weld County 263,691 252,825 +4.30%
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 305,318 Boulder County 305,318 294,567 +3.65%
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,645,209 City and County of Denver 634,265 600,158 +5.68%
Arapahoe County 595,546 572,003 +4.12%
Jefferson County 545,358 534,543 +2.02%
Adams County 459,598 441,603 +4.07%
Douglas County 298,215 285,465 +4.47%
City and County of Broomfield 58,298 55,889 +4.31%
Elbert County 23,383 23,086 +1.29%
Park County 16,029 16,206 −1.09%
Clear Creek County 9,026 9,088 −0.68%
Gilpin County 5,491 5,441 +0.92%
South Central Colorado Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 668,353 El Paso County 644,964 622,263 +3.65%
Teller County 23,389 23,350 +0.17%
Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area 46,788 Fremont County 46,788 46,824 −0.08%
Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 160,852 Pueblo County 160,852 159,063 +1.12%
Total 4,495,181 4,333,742 +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
1 DenvCity and County of Denver Colorado DenvCity and County of Denver Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 619,968 600,158 +3.30%
2 ColoCity of Colorado Springs Colorado El Paso County Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 426,388 416,427 +2.39%
3 AuroCity of Aurora Colorado Arapahoe County
Adams County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 332,354 325,078 +2.24%
4 FortCity of Fort Collins Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 146,762 143,986 +1.93%
5 LakeCity of Lakewood Colorado Jefferson County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 144,406 142,980 +1.00%
6 ThorCity of Thornton Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
121,435 118,772 +2.24%
7 WestCity of Westminster Colorado Adams County
Jefferson County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 107,967 106,114 +1.75%
8 PuebCity of Pueblo Colorado Pueblo County Pueblo, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 107,577 106,595 +0.92%
9 ArvaCity of Arvada Colorado Jefferson County
Adams County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 107,541 106,433 +1.04%
10 CentCity of Centennial[3] Colorado Arapahoe County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 102,603 100,377 +2.22%
11 BoulCity of Boulder Colorado Boulder County Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 98,889 97,385 +1.54%
12 GreeCity of Greeley Colorado Weld County Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 94,962 92,889 +2.23%
13 LongCity of Longmont Colorado Boulder County
Weld County
Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
87,712 86,270 +1.67%
14 LoveCity of Loveland Colorado Larimer County Fort Collins, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 68,203 66,859 +2.01%
15 CheyCity of Cheyenne Wyoming Laramie County Cheyenne, WY Metropolitan Statistical Area 60,096 59,466 +1.06%
16 BrooCity and County of Broomfield Colorado BrooCity and County of Broomfield Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 57,352 55,889 +2.62%
17 CastTown of Castle Rock Colorado Douglas County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 49,355 48,231 +2.33%
18 CommCity of Commerce City Colorado Adams County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 46,941 45,913 +2.24%
19 ParkTown of Parker Colorado Douglas County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 46,363 45,297 +2.35%
20 LittCity of Littleton Colorado Arapahoe County
Jefferson County
Douglas County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 42,639 41,737 +2.16%
21 NortCity of Northglenn Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
36,588 35,789 +2.23%
22 BrigCity of Brighton Colorado Adams County
Weld County
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
34,069 33,352 +2.15%
23 EnglCity of Englewood Colorado Arapahoe County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 30,930 30,255 +2.23%
24 WheaCity of Wheat Ridge Colorado Jefferson County Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 30,465 30,166 +0.99%
25 FounCity of Fountain Colorado El Paso County Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area 26,475 25,846 +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]

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