Photos: Ten Fastest-Growing Colorado Cities According to NerdWallet

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Colorado hasn't been immune from the economic challenges of recent years -- but what communities are doing the best when it comes to shaking off the doldrums? "Cities on the Rise in Colorado," a post on the website NerdWallet, attempts to answer that question -- and many of the communities on its list will come as a surprise. Count down the photo-illustrated top ten below, complete with excerpts from NerdWallet text and stats, as well as the methodology used to determine the rankings.

See also: Photos: Ten best places to see the wild beauty of Colorado

Number 10: Fort Collins

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Fort Collins, about an hour north of Denver, is a vibrant college town and home to Colorado State University. One of the largest cities in the state, the working-age population in Fort Collins increased 7% to 120,197 from 2009 to 2012. The city is committed to helping small businesses grow by working with Colorado State University's Institute for Entrepreneurship to support early-stage startups and encourage students to start businesses in Fort Collins....

Nearest Big City: Fort Collins

2009-2012 Working-Age Population Growth: 7 percent

2009-2012 Employment Growth in Colorado: (4.5 percent)

2009-2012 City Employment Growth Relative to Statewide Growth: 0.4 percent

2009-2012 Median Income Growth: 7.5 percent

Overall Growth Score: 52.2

Number 9: Aurora

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Just like the other Denver metro areas on our list, Aurora saw gains in population and median income, according to census data crunched by NerdWallet. Aurora, on the east side of the Denver metro area, is the state's third-largest city, with 251,072 working-age residents in 2012. City officials reported that economic development efforts in Aurora since 2001 have created and sustained 21,225 jobs. Aurora is home to offices of aerospace companies such as the Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon....

Nearest Big City: Denver

2009-2012 Working-Age Population Growth: 5.5 percent

2009-2012 Employment Growth in Colorado: (4.5 percent)

2009-2012 City Employment Growth Relative to Statewide Growth: 1.1 percent

2009-2012 Median Income Growth: 11.5 percent

Overall Growth Score: 59.3

Continue to keep counting NerdWallet's list of Colorado's ten fastest-growing cities.



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Brenda Weston
Brenda Weston

I've heard over and over that Fountain is a bad crime area.

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds

Funny, Bradley. Now, if you had said Texas Aggie stickers... Why do TEXAS A&M graduates hang their diplomas from the rear view mirror? To justify their handicapped parking.

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

Actually it's the Texas Longhorn stickers on the bumper.

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds

Brian, spend a few years in Houston, like I did, and you'll be a whiz at heavy traffic. Denverites say they have bad traffic? They never seen the Southwest Freeway and I-610 during mornin' and evenin' rush hours! Or the Gulf Freeway.... Or I-45N....

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds

Sometimes "native" Coloradans like Bradley say dumb things on the interwebs. As if he can actually pick out which cars with Colorado license plates are driven by "ferreigners".

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

I'm from Wyoming and can say a whole lot of Coloradans can't drive in the snow. My driving in heavy traffic on the other hand could use some work...

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

As a former Illin' flatlander, I'll bet I can drive in snow better than you.

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

Great. More people from out of state who have no clue how to drive on snow.

Alden Condict
Alden Condict

Don't live in Fort Collins. You'll just have to commute to Denver metro anyway to get a job. No Co has a very poor job market.

3vilmonkey
3vilmonkey

This article is pure stupidity.  Of course the actual CITY OF DENVER isn't the fastest growing city.  Its already FULL.  Surrounding suburb cities have growth, or even smaller mountain towns will have a higher growth rate just based on the math.  Only an idiot with be surprised at this.

Belinda Delaney
Belinda Delaney

I'd like to line these developers up and kick them in the nuts.

Ashley Wilbanks
Ashley Wilbanks

Denver's closest "Big City" is Denver...huh...insightful

Caitie Scholl
Caitie Scholl

Justin Koji how is Thornton not on the list? That's good though! Haha :-)

Shannon Brennan
Shannon Brennan

Fort Collins - Nearest big city: Fort Collins.... Wtf?

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

These nationally circulated pieces disseminate more misinformation than any value. Columbine isn't a city; it's a zip code in a unincorporated area and of course, a high school. Lame piece of fluff that doesn't qualify for either reporting or journalism.

David N. Muñoz
David N. Muñoz

Why is everything 5 or more pages with you people???

Gina Ricciardi
Gina Ricciardi

Erik - I find that very interesting considering I lived in Denver 10 years and never once saw the mountains appear to be that close.

Erik Keith
Erik Keith

FYI - It's actually not photoshopped. There are areas around Denver that create this optical illusion by shooting from an elevated position, causing the mountains appear to be directly behind the skyline.

Bri Newhart
Bri Newhart

These results can't be accurate when #1 and #2 are near military bases. There are 3 Air Force bases near by and a large Army base. People are constantly moving in and out of those areas because of their military careers and families.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

And just where is Colorado going to get the water to support this "growth"?

Shane Roberts
Shane Roberts

Another top ten with five pages. I get it, you want to increase page views. At least cut it down to two pages; it's just a small blurb and a photo FFS.

Gina Ricciardi
Gina Ricciardi

That shoddy photoshop image of denver is exactly why people think the city is in the mountains. For fuck's sake

williamdodger
williamdodger

that's because you would need binoculars or a camera with zoom. i'd bet this particular pic was taken from City Park golf course.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

We need a law requiring all promotional photos of Denver to be taken facing east.

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