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 497,673
Arapahoe 637,254
Boulder 321,989
Broomfield (City/County) 66,252
Denver (City/County) 693,292
Douglas 328,330
Jefferson 571,711
TOTAL 3,116,501
Northern Colorado Population
Larimer 338,663
Weld 294,397
TOTAL 633,060
Colorado 5,607,154