Southern Rocky Mountain Front
Southern Rocky Mountain Front
|U.S. states||Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico|
The Southern Rocky Mountain Front is an elongated geographic region located along the eastern and southern face of the Southern Rocky Mountains in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. The region comprises the southern portion of the Rocky Mountain Front geographic region of Canada and the United States. The Southern Rocky Mountain Front had a population of 5,467,633 according to the 2010 United States Census. The region is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States and its population is projected to grow by 87% to 10,222,370 by 2050. In 2005 the GDP of the region was $229,202,000,000 making up 2% of the United States GDP.
The Southern Rocky Mountain Front stretches from Albuquerque, New Mexico, 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, the Cañon City, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area, the Albuquerque, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the Santa Fe, NM Metropolitan Statistical Area. The region 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 region 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 region, though they are not considered to be a part of it.
The region was established, along with ten other megaregions throughout the United States, by America 2050 in response to President Barack Obama’s efforts to improve the country’s infrastructure. The megaregions were initially identified by America 2050 as areas that should have highspeed rail by 2050. According to America 2050’s four phase plan the Front Range would have highspeed rail on Phase 3 of the plan and the line would stretch from Denver, Colorado to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Interstates and highways
Interstate 25 runs through the Southern Rocky Mountain Front north from Albuquerque, NM to Cheyenne, WY. Major east and west routes running through the region are I-40 through Albuquerque, I-70 through Denver, and I-80 through Cheyenne.
- Interstate 25 runs north–south from New Mexico through Denver to Wyoming
- Interstate 70 runs east–west through the region from Utah to Maryland
- Interstate 80 runs east–west through the region from California to New Jersey
- Interstate 40 runs east–west through the region from California to North Carolina
List of airports offering passenger services
|Albuquerque International Sunport||192,520||5,801,641|
|Cheyenne Regional Airport||65,163|
|Colorado Springs Airport||153,244|
|Denver International Airport||635,445||53,156,278|
|Pueblo Memorial Airport||182,119|
|Santa Fe Municipal Airport||78,569|
- Colorado census designated places
- Colorado census statistical areas
- Colorado counties
- Colorado metropolitan areas
- Colorado municipalities
- Front Range Urban Corridor
- List of U.S. interstate metropolitan areas
- Megaregions of the United States
- New Mexico
- New Mexico census statistical areas
- Rocky Mountain Front
- Southern Rocky Mountains
- Table of United States Combined Statistical Areas
- Table of United States Core Based Statistical Areas
- Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas
- Table of United States Micropolitan Statistical Areas
- Table of United States primary census statistical areas
- Wyoming census statistical areas
- "County Totals Datasets: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". 2012 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. March 2013. Archived from the original on July 7, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
- "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.
- The City of Centennial, Colorado was incorporated on February 7, 2001.