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 517,885
Arapahoe 656,822
Boulder 327,164
Broomfield (City/County) 70,762
Denver (City/County) 729,239
Douglas 351,528
Jefferson 583,081
TOTAL 3,236,481


Northern Colorado Population
Larimer 356,938
Weld 323,763
TOTAL 680,701
Colorado 5,763,976
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Population - Municipalities
Historic & Projected Population
Migration & Natural Increase by County
Large Metros Population
Colorado Migration Statistics