Adams County will be one of the fastest growing county in Colorado for the next 20 years according to forecasts by the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Almost half the employment growth in the metro region will be in Adams County and the urban core. Statewide, Colorado is benefiting from five projects with budgets that exceed one billion dollars each. Four of these projects impact Adams County – Denver International Airport, E-470 beltway, Fitzsimons, and FasTracks. These projects and projected growth will ensure prosperity for Adams County businesses and residents for years to come.

Adams County is home to 480,718 people, 9,940 businesses and the following communities:

  • Arvada
  • Aurora
  • Bennett
  • Brighton
  • Commerce City
  • Federal Heights
  • Lochbuie
  • Northglenn
  • Strasburg
  • Thornton
  • Westminster

Metro Denver’s Growth Corridor
Adams County has an abundance of land available for development (including 34 major business parks ranging from 75 – 6,300 acres). While rapid residential, commercial and industrial development is transforming the landscape, Adams County has worked to preserve its historically rural identity by designating the most Open Space of any metro area county.

Top Ten Primary Employers in Adams County

Company Industry # of Employees
UCHealth: University of Colorado Hospital Healthcare, Research 6,550
Children’s Hospital Colorado Healthcare 5,250
United Parcel Service Parcel Delivery 2,680
Sturgeon Electric Electrical Services 1,270
HealthONE: North Suburban Hospital Healthcare 900
ADS Alliance Data Systems Network & Credit Authorization Services 840
Shamrock Foods Food Distribution 800
SROriginals Bakery Product Manufacturer & Distributor 790
Centura Health: St. Anthony North Hospital Healthcare 790
Platte Valley Medical Center Healthcare 650


Source: Metro Denver EDC, 2016

Fitzsimons Reborn
Colorado has become a veritable hotbed for bioscience. And within this burgeoning life science community, there’s a focal point: the Fitzsimons Life Science District. When combined with the adjacent Anschutz Medical Campus it creates a 578–acre site dedicated to bioscience, healthcare, medical education and advanced research, making it the largest development of its kind in the state and one of the largest in the country.  Adams County is home to Fitzsimons, a national model for the redevelopment of a decommissioned base into a premiere 21st century life sciences city, including the first university-affiliated “Life Science Park” to be developed west of the Mississippi. Fitzsimons quickly is becoming a world-class academic, clinical care, and scientific research campus.

Transportation Hub of the Front Range
Adams County is the transportation hub of the Front Range with an enviable infrastructure of roads, railways and airports.

  • Road – Interstates 25, 70, 76, 225 and 270; E-470 and the Northwest Parkway toll roads; and major highways 2, 36, 85 and 287 all converge in Adams County, making for easy movement of goods, services and employees.
  • Rail – The Union Pacific Railroad and the BNSF serve the county. Upon completion of FasTracks, Adams County residents will enjoy commuter rail service to destinations throughout the metro area.
  • Airports – Adams County surrounds Denver International Airport (DEN), the fifth busiest airport in the nation, and the tenth busiest in the world. Front Range Airport, just six miles from DEN, offers businesses the alternative of a full-service regional airport with the tallest general aviation air traffic control tower in North America.

A Great Business Value
Adams County offers the advantage of a metro location with value-priced land, labor and cost of doing business.

  • Property – The abundance of industrial and commercial properties ready for development creates attractive real estate prices in Adams County, including a full variety of zoning for light manufacturing, high tech research and development, industrial production and office-based business.
  • Labor – Adams County has a very affordable cost of labor.
  • Taxes – Competitive tax rates and incentives for business.
  • Housing – From starter to executive homes, Adams County offers a variety of housing stock in suburban and rural settings.
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