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Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Denver and Colorado Springs, while others want peace and quiet like in Breckenridge and Glendale, thank you very much.
But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Colorado have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Centennial State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Colorado for 2022 according to the most recent census data:
What's the fastest growing city in Colorado for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Severance ranks as the fastest growing city in Colorado. If you happen to be a resident of Severance, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Colorado are growing like weeds.
And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Colorado or the Fastest Growing States In America.
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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Colorado For 2022
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 2,789
Percent Growth 101.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,822
More on Severance: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Population 2010: 16,134
Percent Growth 68.3%
Absolute Growth: 11,023
More on Erie: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 8)
Population 2010: 5,143
Percent Growth 66.7%
Absolute Growth: 3,431
More on Berthoud: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 8,656
Percent Growth 65.9%
Absolute Growth: 5,701
More on John: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 4,869
Percent Growth 58.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,822
More on Monument: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 4,306
Percent Growth 57.8%
Absolute Growth: 2,489
More on Lochbuie: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 5,648
Percent Growth 53.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,003
More on Wellington: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Population 2010: 4,031
Percent Growth 53.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,136
More on Dacono: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 5,225
Percent Growth 50.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,637
More on Milliken: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Population 2010: 8,866
Percent Growth 48.5%
Absolute Growth: 4,299
More on Firestone: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Centennial State for 2022
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Current Population
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)
We ranked all 80 Colorado cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Centennial State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Here's a graph of the cities in Colorado with the largest percent increase in population:
Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In Colorado, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Colorado are led by Severance which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!
These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Colorado For 2022