Metro Denver has a population of more than three million people, and has a growth rate that has consistently outpaced the national rate every decade since the 1930s. The region grew steadily in the past 10 years, and by 2030, Metro Denver's population is anticipated to increase to more than 3.6 million.

To proactively plan for the region's growth, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) created Metro Vision 2035, a long-range strategy that addresses the following issues while preserving Metro Denver’s unparalleled quality of life:

  • Land use planning
  • Development
  • Transportation Metro Vision concentrates development in a defined 750-square-mile urban growth boundary, and identifies guidelines for nearly 70 high-density, mixed use developments in the region, many around transit centers.

Population by County
Metro Denver Population
Adams 524,260
Arapahoe 662,060
Boulder 328,352
Broomfield (City/County) 71,879
Denver (City/County) 736,598
Douglas 357,187
Jefferson 585,341
TOTAL 3,265,677
Northern Colorado Population
Larimer 361,317
Weld 331,895
TOTAL 693,212
Colorado 5,819,337