With rich traditions and history, Adams County offers the best of suburban and rural life – vibrant cities, quiet towns, and miles of recreation. Located in the Denver metro area, Adams is the state's 5th largest county serving a population of more than 500,000 residents. Adams County is home to the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton; portions of Arvada, Bennett, Aurora, Lochbuie, and Westminster. Unincorporated communities include Henderson, Strasburg and Watkins.
City of Arvada
Arvada is a beautiful first-ring suburb of Denver, Colorado. Arvada retains a small-town feel even with its estimated population of 113,400. Established in 1870, Arvada enjoys a rich history, quiet tree-lined neighborhoods and a robust mix of business. Our strong civic leadership balances quality of life with an understanding and support of business and economic development. For more information, visit the city's website or call 720.898.7000.
City of Aurora
Once a budding frontier town of farmers and ranchers just east of the state's capital, Aurora is Colorado's third largest city with a diverse population of more than 351,000. From agricultural outpost to military bastion, Aurora established its foundation as a driving force in the west.At 154 square miles, the city reaches into Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas counties. Aurora’s strategic comprehensive plan emphasizes the formation of livable, full-service neighborhoods. For more information, visit the city's website or call 303.739.7000.
Town of Bennett
This growing, high plains community lies in Eastern Adams and Arapahoe Counties. Bennett residents enjoy the pleasures of small town western living, clean air, quiet times and friendly neighbors. While retaining these attributes, the residents can also enjoy the urban highlights of Denver only 25 miles from Bennett and the alpine recreation of the great Rocky Mountains only an hour's drive away. Bennett is committed to responsible planned development, economic vitality, a program for public service improvements, and continued parks and trails expansion. Bennett strives to improve the quality of life for all its residents. For more information, visit the town's website or call 303.644.3249.
City of Brighton
Brighton, Colo., permanent county seat for Adams County, is a growing suburban community founded on a rich history of agriculture and family values. The 37,000 residents and families who call Brighton home enjoy amenities ranging from 27 miles of open trails and 19 playgrounds, a flourishing arts community, diverse restaurant and retail options, and an easy 20-minute drive to Downtown Denver and the Denver International Airport. Come see for yourself why It All Grows in Brighton. For more information, visit the city's website or call 303.655.2000.
City of Commerce City
As the state’s third-fastest growing city, Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation, building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture, and family. The city covers 34.72 square miles and is expected to grow to a 61-square-mile area during the next 20 years. In the last decade, the city’s population has more than doubled, but the city has maintained its small town atmosphere. For more information, visit the city's website or call 303.289.3611.
City of Federal Heights
The City of Federal Heights is a home rule city located in the Denver Metropolitan Region, roughly 12 miles northwest of downtown Denver. Federal Heights was incorporated in 1940, encompasses 1.78 square miles, and is home to more than 12,000 residents. The City is also home to Water World, one of the largest water parks in the country, and is part of the Hyland Hills Recreational District. For more information, visit the city's website or call 303.428.3526.
Town of Lochbuie
The Town of Lochbuie is a Statutory Town located in Weld and Adams counties. The town population is 5,459 residents (based on 2015 State Demography Census). In addition to being a residential center, the town has more than 100 acres of recently zoned and annexed prime retail and industrial property available for development as well as some 60 acres of municipal use and recreational land in the planning stages of development. For more information, visit the town's website or call 303.655.9308.
City of Northglenn
The nearly 38,650 residents of Northglenn enjoy small neighborhoods with accessible schools, convenient shopping centers, parks, lakes, open spaces and outdoor recreation facilities.The city government’s support for community and economic development makes Northglenn a hub of safe neighborhoods and business activity.The quality of planning, development, services and volunteers creates a distinctive sense of community that is uncommon in many modern cities. Many of the original residents who lived in Northglenn when it incorporated in 1969 still live here. For more information, visit the city's website or call 303.451.8326.
City of Thornton
Thornton is a diverse community with a strong commitment to quality of life and environmental issues. The Denver metropolitan area in which Thornton is located consistently ranks as one of the most desirable areas to live in the United States. The community's location, 10 miles north of downtown Denver and adjacent to Interstate 25, provides high visibility for business while still allowing easy access to various transportation routes. For more information, visit the city's website or call 303.538.7200.
City of Westminster
Westminster is a growing suburban community that offers a wide choice of housing, excellent schools and public facilities. View the city profile including data on the city's population and median age. The best features in Westminster include the hundreds of recreational activities. With direct access to major highways, Westminster's central location between Denver and Boulder puts it within easy reach of major business centers, retail centers and a variety of entertainment and recreational facilities. Activities in Denver or Boulder are a 20-minute drive in either direction, and the drive from Westminster to Denver International Airport takes approximately 30 minutes. For more information, visit the city's website or call 303.430.2400.