Arapahoe County was Colorado’s first county and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013. It is the state’s third-largest county, spanning 804 square miles, with a population of over 600,000.
Two Fortune 500 companies (Arrow Electronics and Newmont Mining) are located in Arapahoe County. Thriving industry clusters include aviation, aerospace, communications/telecom, energy/cleantech, financial services and insurance, healthcare/bioscience, IT/software, and professional services. Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora is the nation’s fastest growing Air Force base.
Arapahoe County’s premier transportation system includes Centennial Airport, the nation’s third-busiest general aviation airport; the south I-25 Corridor (including the SE light rail line) which provides major access to the Denver Tech Center, major business parks and transit oriented developments; the E-470 toll road which connects the area to Denver International Airport; I-225 which connects the I-25 business parks to Aurora and the Anschutz Medical Campus; and US-85 which includes the SW light rail line.
The County offers a variety of residential housing options, outstanding school districts, an abundance of recreational, cultural, and entertainment opportunities. The Arapahoe County Open Space and Trails Initiative has invested over $96 million in the County since its inception in 2004.
*City located in multiple counties
Economic Development Resources
Arapahoe County is served by professional economic development organizations and offers some of the lowest taxes and fees in the region.
Vice President of Economic Development
Denver South Economic Development Partnership
Director of Public Policy and Economic Development
South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO
Aurora Economic Development Council