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Adams County is located in the northeast quadrant of the Denver metro area. The 1,182-square-mile county is poised for explosive growth, in part because it benefits directly from three of the four billion-dollar projects in Colorado: the E-470 toll road, the Fitzsimons development project and development around Denver International Airport (DEN). With a population of 447,760 (2010), the county has a significant and diverse business and industry base throughout its nine incorporated cities and is home to 34 major business parks, ranging from 100 to 6,300 acres in size.

Adams County provides true inter-modal transportation advantages through DEN and Front Range Airports, access to E-470, I-70, I-25, I-36, I-270, I-225 and I-76, highways 2, 7 and 85, as well as main route rail service provided by the Union Pacific Railroad, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe.

Given the current rate of expansion, amount of space available for development, and access, both within the region and throughout the nation, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) predicts Adams County to be the site of record growth and economic opportunity for the metro area for the next twenty years. As such, Adams County will continue its aggressive approach to searching for industries providing higher wages and stable employment opportunities for all citizens of the county.

Top Primary Employers 
Company Service Employees
University of Colorado Health Healthcare, Research 5,860
Children’s Hospital Colorado Healthcare 5,740
United Parcel Service Parcel Delivery 2,420
Sturgeon Electric Electrical Services 1,570
Centura: St. Anthony’s North Hospital Healthcare 890
HealthONE: North Suburban Medical Healthcare 880
Steven Roberts Original Desserts Bakery Product Manufacturer & Distributor 770
Shamrock Foods Food Distribution 720
McKesson Healthcare Information & Services 680
Platte Valley Medical Center Healthcare 670

Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, February 2016

Population (2013)
Adams  469,193

Source: United States Census Bureau

Population Projections
2015  490,066
2020  545,237
2025  603,716

Source: Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs

Average Annual Wage* (2016)
Adams $50,531
* Workers employed in the community

Source: Labor Market Information

Primary Industries
Aerospace & Aviation
Health Care & Social Assistance
Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade

Source: ACED Target Industry Study


Statistics were updated February 2016.

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