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This page contains a list of cities in Colorado, and other information about local governments.

Colorado allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 62 total counties in Colorado. Of those 62:[1]

There are 271 total municipalities in Colorado. Of those 271, 172 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 99 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments showed that, as of September of 2012, local government in Colorado consisted of:[2]

333 General Purpose units, including:

  • 62 Counties
  • 271 Cities and towns (including the consolidated city-counties of Denver and Broomfield)

2,485 Special Purpose units, including:

  • 2,305 Special Districts
  • 180 Independent School Districts

Further classifications:

Counties may be:

Cities and towns may be:

  • General law: of which there are 172
  • Home rule charter (if over 2,000 in population): of which there are 96
  • Consolidated City and County: 2 (Denver and Broomfield)
  • There is also 1 remaining territorial charter municipality (Georgetown)

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Colorado

An initiative process is available in all cities and towns. In charter cities, initiative is also available for charter amendments.

In charter counties (Weld and Pitkin) initiative is available for county measures and charter amendments.

Citizens in general law counties do not have broad initiative authority to propose county measures. However, specific state statutes grant a petition process for limited subject matters. For example:

Recall of county elected officials, C.R.S. §1-12-103 & 104; Formation of a home rule charter committee, C.R.S. §30-11-502(1) et seq.; Increasing the number of county commissioners from three to five (in counties having a population greater than 70,000), C.R.S. §30-10-306.5(3)(a); Decreasing the number of county commissioners from five to three (in counties having a population greater than 70,000), C.R.S. §30-10-306.7 (2)(b); Enacting a countywide sales tax ordinance, C.R.S. §29-2-104; Establishment of a county library, C.R.S. §24-90-107(1),(3); Establishment of public improvement district (PID) or a local improvement district (LID), C.R.S. §30-20-501 et seq. and C.R.S. §30-20-601 et seq., respectively; Establishment of various districts, C.R.S. §30-20-801 et seq.[3]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Colorado
City[4] Population City Type Next election
Denver 619,968 Charter as consolidated city-county May 7, 2013[5]
Colorado Springs 426,388 Charter Special Election[6]
Aurora 332,354 Charter Special Election[7]
Fort Collins 146,762 Charter April 2, 2013[8]
Lakewood 144,406 Charter Special Election[9]
Thornton 121,435 Charter November 5, 2013[10]
Westminster 107,967 Charter November 5, 2013[11]
Pueblo 107,577 Charter November 5, 2013[12]
Arvada 107,541 Charter November 5, 2013[13]
Centennial 102,603 Charter November 5, 2013[14]

Full list of cities

See also: List of Colorado cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 271 incorporated cities and s in Colorado. A full list of cities in Colorado is available here.

See also