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Data, Maps & Modeling

About data, maps and modeling

The Denver Regional Council of Governments produces an array of data, maps and models to support local governments' planning efforts. Visit the Regional Data Catalog for data and maps related to transportation, demographics, housing and employment.

Community Profiles

DRCOG staff create community profiles for each of its cities, towns and counties using data points from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

Aurora, Colorado, as seen from the air with an eastward perspective toward the plains.
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Data Modeling

DRCOG staff use travel and land use models to predict how residents and visitors will get around the region and anticipate trends in growth and development.

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Denver Regional Data Consortium

The Denver Regional Data Consortium is an open, voluntary group of geographic information systems professionals interested in regionally collaborative data initiatives. It meets quarterly and uses a quarterly newsletter to exchange data, information and ideas.

Regional Data Acquisition Project

Through DRCOG's data acquisition projects, staff develop, compile and standardize data from local governments, data companies, land use and travel models. Cities, towns, counties, nonprofit, special district and corporate partners share expenses and receive the resulting data at a significant discount and far less effort than if they were to acquire it on their own. Partners have used the data for regional forecasts, transportation projects, public safety and utility management.



A snow-covered mountain peak above treeline on cloudless day, with an airplane propeller in the foreground.

Photo courtesy of Sanborn Geospatial.

Aerial Photography

Staff facilitate a voluntary partnership to share the expense of capturing high-resolution aerial images of the Denver region every two years.

A stylized representation of a geographic area depicted using light detection and ranging data, called lidar for short.


DRCOG staff facilitate the acquisition of light detection and ranging data, also called lidar, to develop precise maps of natural and built environments in the Denver region.

A computer-generated representation of buildings and streets in a downtown area, demonstrating planimetric data technology.

Planimetric Data

Using its high-resolution aerial imagery, the partnership develops detailed digital depictions of the built environment: buildings, pavement, sidewalks and trails.


A stylized map of the Denver region

Land Use Land Cover

The partnership leverages its high-resolution aerial imagery to depict the region's landscape. The resulting products are used for conservation, regional planning, managing water use and mitigating natural hazards.

What's New? Traffic Signals

Approximately 35 jurisdictions own and operate traffic signals in the Denver region. Find out which city, county, town or state agency is responsible for the ones you use.

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Denver region data briefs