Regional Profile

The North Front Range region encompasses 675 square miles and over 480,000 residents in portions of Larimer and Weld counties in Northern Colorado. According to DOLA, population in Larimer and Weld counties is forecast to increase by 92 percent from 2015 to 2045, exceeding the forecast statewide population growth of 53 percent. High population growth presents additional challenges and opportunities for transportation and air quality planning in the region.

Employment in the region and surrounding areas is projected to increase by 80 percent from 2010 to 2040. The 2040 Land Use Allocation Model (LUAM) distributes employment projections based on future land uses from local jurisdictions in the region. Employment density is projected to increase in many areas, including along I-25, US-34, and US 85.

Map of employment density in 2012 Map of employment density forecast for 2040

The region’s population is aging, with the percentage of people aged 65 and older forecast to increase from 18 percent of population in 2010 to 26 percent in 2040. The aging population will impact the transportation system by:

  • increasing demand for housing units due to in-migration of workers who will fill the jobs of the recently retired
  • influencing the location and availability of amenities, health care, and entertainment for the senior population
  • shifting demand toward housing types that meet the needs of seniors
  • increasing demand for public transit

Member Community Spotlights

Member communities are spotlighted in the quarterly On The Move newsletter. The member spotlights provide data on population, commute mode of transportation, and major employers. View the spotlights below, and check back for an additional community spotlight each quarter.