The Denver region, as defined by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), includes Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin and Jefferson counties, the City and County of Denver, the City and County of Broomfield and southwest Weld County. The DRCOG Area Agency on Aging service area includes Adams, Arapahoe, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin and Jefferson counties, the City and County of Denver, and the City and County of Broomfield.
The Denver region stretches from the mountains to the plains and contains the state capital. It is Colorado’s largest metropolitan area and its economic engine. For instance, 58 percent of statewide jobs are in the Denver region and 51 percent of the state’s vehicle miles traveled occur within the region. The region is home to 56 percent of the state’s total population, and that number is expected to grow from 2.8 million people now to 4 million by 2035. Colorado has one of the fastest-growing senior populations in the nation, with the Denver metro area leading the way. By 2035, 1 in 4 residents of our region will be 60 or over. On the flip side, the region is a preferred destination of millennials.
The population for the Denver region is 2,798,757, according to the 2010 Census.
It is a voluntary association of local governments in the Denver region. While DRCOG is a public agency, it isn't a unit of government. DRCOG does not have statutory authority to require local governments to be members or to follow its plans. DRCOG also can't tax, issue bonds or legislate.
Federal transportation planning dollars comprise the majority of DRCOG’s funding sources. Participating members pay dues (based on their population and assessed valuation), which contribute eight percent of DRCOG’s budget and provide important local match for federal funds. In addition, the dues help fund the organization’s state and federal legislative advocacy efforts. The Board adopts its operating budget each fall.
DRCOG is involved in many issues that affect the region's future. Through DRCOG, local governments work cooperatively on:
- Regional transportation planning
- Regional growth and development planning, emphasizing the integration of transportation and land use
- Advocacy for transportation and older adult programs at the state and federal levels
- Providing services for the region’s older adults through the Area Agency on Aging, and disbursing funding
- Providing services on a regional basis.