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 2020, Metro Denver's population is anticipated to increase to more than 3.3 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 490,829
Arapahoe 630,564
Boulder 319,177
Broomfield (City/County) 64,788
Denver (City/County) 683,096
Douglas 322,017
Jefferson 565,230
TOTAL 3,075,701
Northern Colorado Population
Larimer 332,832
Weld 284,876
TOTAL 617,708
Colorado 5,555,753