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OUR WELD COUNTY: 7 REGIONS EACH WITH OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
• 7 Weld County regions (map)
• major Education/Income/Health indicators (map)
• census data county-wide by municipality
• transportation corridors - US-85 and I-25 with US-287 (in Larimer County) comparison
• demographics and statistics - county-wide focusing on Education/Financial Stability/Health
Get to know OUR Weld County!
At 3,987 miles, Weld County is the third largest county in Colorado. It is larger than Rhode Island, Delaware, and the District of Columbia combined. Weld has seven unique socioeconomic regions:
• Carbon Valley (Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, and Mead) – In the far southwestern part along I-25, this is a fast growing residential area with its own manufacturing employment base; it serves as a bedroom community for surrounding cities (Boulder, Denver-metro, Fort Collins, Greeley).
• County Seat (Evans, Garden City, and Greeley) – With over 100,000 residents and Aims Community College and University of Northern Colorado campuses, this is the cultural, educational, and governance hub; it is also the least affluent with a 27% poverty rate in the east part of Greeley.
• Poudre River Corridor (Severance and Windsor) – On the western edge bordering I-25, Larimer County, and Fort Collins, this area features a number of manufacturing jobs, with a Vestas wind turbine plant being the most prominent.
• The Outback (Briggsdale, Grover, and New Raymer) – This sparsely populated northeastern area includes a number of small towns, the Pawnee National Grasslands, and more sheep than people.
• South County (Fort Lupton, Hudson, Keenesburg, and Lochbuie) – The residents of this area along I-76 benefit from a long-standing agricultural economy and energy industry investment; this is the second poorest part of the county when considering the need for free and reduced lunch at elementary schools.
• Thompson River Valley (Johnstown and Milliken) – Featuring residential growth, nestled between the Carbon Valley, Greeley, and Windsor this area is a mix of agricultural and retail economic activity.
• US-85 Corridor (Platteville to the Wyoming border) – With a prominent train line paralleling US-85, this section of the county features a number of agriculturally-based small towns that were established to service the era of steam engine train locomotives.