Adams County

The Metro Denver region has all the things businesses need to flourish, including a young, healthy, highly educated workforce, an affordable cost of doing business, and a multimodal transportation system built for the future.

Adams County

Adams County offers the best of suburban and rural life with vibrant cities, quiet towns, and miles of outdoor recreation.

Denver's neighbor to the north, Adams County is centrally located along the Front Range with easy commutes to Fort Collins and Boulder. And, since the eastern portion of the county surrounds Denver International Airport, there is quick access for business and personal travel.

Adams County offers an affordable lifestyle with the lowest housing and living costs among the nine Metro Denver counties. Diverse neighborhoods offer a vibrant feeling of community. The county includes the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, and Northglenn, as well as portions of Arvada, Aurora, Lochbuie, and Westminster.

Another reason people are attracted to the county is the schools. Adams County's 12 school districts and Charter Schools offer unparalleled opportunities from International Baccalaureate, STEM, and the popular Before and After School and Summer Enrichments (or BASE). Front Range Community College supports the county's skilled workforce and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs.

With just over 520,000 residents, Adams County is a place where passion and engagement are on par with growth. County residents overwhelmingly approved ballot measures 1A and 1B in 2020 to preserve parks and open space, improve roads and infrastructure, and protect water in perpetuity for future generations.

Adams County residents live the Colorado lifestyle by taking advantage of multiple golf courses, beautiful lakes, and miles of bike trails. Exciting new projects include a tubing park on Clear Creek, several new parks in the county's expanding neighboorhoods, and a master plan that will invest millions into Riverdale Regional Park. Plus, Adams County features marvelous wineries, brewpubs, coffee houses, shopping at the Denver Premium Outlets, and the ability to catch a Major League Soccer match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

Business Climate

The 1,182-square-mile county is located in the northeast quadrant of Metro Denver and runs 71 miles east from Sheridan Boulevard into the plains. Adams County offers a diverse business and industry base with 34 major business parks ranging from 100 to 5,400 acres to accommodate current and future business expansions and relocations to the area, various transportation options including UPRR and BNSF rail service, major residential growth, and recreational opportunities throughout the area.

The advanced manufacturing, aviation and aerospace, energy, life science, and logistics industries have a strong presence in Adams County and serve as the foundation for future growth in employment opportunities, business relocations and expansions, and investments in the tax base. In 2018, the Colorado Air and Space Port in Adams County announced the Federal Aviation Administration approved its site operator license, a major step forward for Colorado’s continued growth in commercial space research, development, and transportation. Plans for Colorado Air and Space Port include developing an aerospace and technology park to support a broad range of activities and commercial opportunities, including research and development, testing and evaluation, manufacturing, crew training, scientific research, suborbital flight, and point-to-point travel.

Adams County Statistics

Population 517,885
Median Age 33.7
Households 178,987


Bachelors or Higher 25.4%
HS Diploma or Higher 84.9%


Labor Force 274,498
Employment 252,469
Average Wage $59,797


Square Miles 1,182






Commerce City

Federal Heights




*City located in multiple counties

Economic Development Resources

Ryan Nalty
Director of Economic Development
Adams County

Lisa D. Hough
Adams County Regional Economic Partnership


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Adams County Profile