Nearly 8 million people…
A newly released report is estimating that 7.8 million people will call Colorado home by 2040, an increase of about 2.3 million. El Paso County, which includes cities south of the Denver area including Colorado Springs, Monument and Falcon. Weld County, which includes Greeley, Longmont and Ft. Lupton is expected to double. The Western Slope is also expected to see rapid growth over the next 25 years and includes Eagle county, known for ski resorts like Vail.
The Denver Metro area will continue to grow in part due to our strong job economy.
“Colorado continues to attract those in the 24-35 year age group and that means there’s jobs here and young people are coming from all over the country to fill those jobs,” said Mark Radke, with the Colorado Municipal League.
Huge Housing Diversity
Young families moving to Colorado will be looking at a huge diversity of housing, from urban revival neighborhoods such as Highlands, to growing mountain communities such as Steamboat Springs to rural and suburban flatlands being developed.
Lawmakers are also preparing for the increase by developing more transportation, housing and health care. Local transportation department, RTD, has been developing the light rail over the last decade and is still building more, including a rail that goes to Denver International Airport and north into Boulder. New commuter rails are being built which are heavier and travel faster than the light rail. In addition, new infrastructure is being expanded including toll roads and express lanes for mass transit options. These options will create the ability to accommodate a larger population who live in and around the surrounding Denver area. This will also expand housing options for those who live and work in the areas the light rail and commuter rails service.
Forest to Faucet
Colorado is one of the forerunners in the sustainability movement and has already approved a Forest to Faucet plan to grow water reservoirs. Solar and wind energies are growing in the area which is attracting new jobs in those fields. The Denver Business Journal recently published a list of the 10 hottest jobs in Colorado which include: RN, IT, Web and Marketing, Retail and Office Management and Customer Service Professionals.