7 Douglas County CO
Seventh Fastest Growing County In the Nation
Douglas County, Colorado
Seat: Castle Rock
Douglas County enjoyed phenomenal growth during the first few
years of the twenty first century. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau estimates Douglas County is the seventh fastest
growing county in America based on percent of growth between
January 2000 and July 2006 for all counties that began the
century with more than ten thousand residents.
The county, sometimes nicknamed Dougco, is located midway
between Colorado's two largest cities: Denver and Colorado
Springs. Inhabitants generally commute to workplaces elsewhere
in the metropolitan area outside of the county. Urbanization
is rapidly displacing the ranching economy of the county.
Douglas County which was established in 1861, had already
grown in population to 175,766 by the year 2000. But in the
six years that marked the beginning of the 21 Century, the
county increased the number of inhabitants by 50 percent
bringing the estimated total population in July 2006 to
The astounding growth of the last six years has made Douglas
County the fastest growing county in the Centennial
State of Colorado and the seventh fastest in the nation.
Although no figures are available to determine how the growth
may have affected the price of homes in the area, in the year
2000 the median cost for a home within the 840 square mile
jurisdiction was $236,000.