Photos: Ten Fastest-Growing Colorado Cities According to NerdWallet

Photos and more below.
Photos and more below.

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.

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Number 10: Fort Collins

Photos: Ten Fastest-Growing Colorado Cities According to NerdWallet

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

Photos: Ten Fastest-Growing Colorado Cities According to NerdWallet

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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