Cities on the Rise in Colorado- Full Ranking

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Check out our in-depth analysis of the top 10 cities on the rise in Colorado here.

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Rank City 2009-2012 Working-Age Population Growth 2009-2012 Employment Growth 2009-2012 Employment Growth in Colorado 2009-2012 Employment Growth Relative to Statewide Growth 2009-2012 Median Income Growth
1 Fountain 8.7% (2.6%) (4.5%) 1.9% 17.2%
2 Security-Widefield 16.1% (6.2%) (4.5%) (1.7%) 14.3%
3 Columbine 4.2% (2.1%) (4.5%) 2.3% 15.8%
4 Northglenn 7.3% (3.0%) (4.5%) 1.5% 13.6%
5 Denver 5.8% (2.9%) (4.5%) 1.6% 14.3%
6 Wheat Ridge (4.6%) 1.4% (4.5%) 5.8% 17.0%
7 Castle Rock 13.4% (1.3%) (4.5%) 3.2% 4.1%
8 Littleton 1.8% (0.7%) (4.5%) 3.8% 12.4%
9 Aurora 5.5% (3.4%) (4.5%) 1.1% 11.5%
10 Fort Collins 7.0% (4.1%) (4.5%) 0.4% 7.5%
11 Loveland 8.1% (1.6%) (4.5%) 2.9% 3.2%
12 Broomfield 6.0% (4.9%) (4.5%) (0.4%) 8.9%
13 Lafayette 2.6% (1.7%) (4.5%) 2.8% 6.6%
14 Parker 4.2% (3.4%) (4.5%) 1.1% 7.0%
15 Brighton 4.6% (10.9%) (4.5%) (6.5%) 15.4%
16 Boulder (0.1%) 1.8% (4.5%) 6.3% 3.4%
17 Centennial 2.5% (3.4%) (4.5%) 1.1% 7.3%
18 Lakewood 1.4% (4.9%) (4.5%) (0.4%) 9.0%
19 Ken Caryl (3.2%) (5.0%) (4.5%) (0.5%) 12.9%
20 Pueblo 3.5% (0.8%) (4.5%) 3.7% 2.0%
21 Longmont 2.8% (4.9%) (4.5%) (0.5%) 6.7%
22 Arvada 2.5% (4.2%) (4.5%) 0.2% 5.3%
23 Highlands Ranch 7.8% (3.6%) (4.5%) 0.8% 0.1%
24 Thornton 6.2% (6.3%) (4.5%) (1.9%) 4.3%
25 Colorado Springs 7.6% (5.9%) (4.5%) (1.5%) 2.6%
26 Grand Junction 3.6% (7.2%) (4.5%) (2.7%) 7.2%
27 Westminster 2.6% (5.2%) (4.5%) (0.8%) 5.3%
28 Pueblo West 6.1% (7.6%) (4.5%) (3.2%) 4.9%
29 Commerce City 10.5% (12.0%) (4.5%) (7.6%) 6.6%
30 Englewood (4.6%) (2.2%) (4.5%) 2.2% 4.9%
31 Greeley 4.1% (7.6%) (4.5%) (3.2%) 3.4%

Methodology

The overall score for each city was derived from these measures:

1. Population growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the working-age population (16+) comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP 03.

2. Employment growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. We evaluated growth in the percentage of employed residents from 2009 to 2012 relative to the statewide employment growth over the same period. Data for the percent of employed residents comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table CP 03.

3. Income growth from 2009 to 2012 made up 33.3% of the total score. Data for the median earnings for full-time, nonseasonal workers comes from the 2009 and 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey 3-year estimates for all places in the state, Table S2409.

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We evaluated the 31 cities, towns and census-designated places in Colorado with more than 20,000 residents for this study.

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