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Everything You Need to Know About Denver Traffic

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Everything You Need to Know About Denver Traffic

Traffic. It’s not something you would normally think about when relocating, unless you’re moving to a city with a reputation that precedes it like Chicago or L.A. Denver traffic isn’t nearly as bad as Chicago’s or L.A.’s, but as Denver continues to grow, so does our traffic.

Thinking of making the move to the Mile High City, but wondering what Denver traffic is like?

Let’s go for a spin.

Denver Traffic

Denver Traffic isn’t bad if you’re coming from cities known for notoriously bad congestion, like L.A., NYC, San Francisco, or Chicago.

On the other hand, if you’re coming from somewhere like Des Moines, Milwaukee, or Raleigh, you might think our traffic is horrendous. As a native, I can tell you that with the influx of people to colorful Colorado, I am definitely spending more time on the road than I was 10 years ago. As a well traveled person, I can also tell you it could be much, much worse. But, don’t just take my word for it.

Inrix, a company that focuses on transportation analytics, recently released their Global Traffic Scorecard that examines the traffic patterns of cities around the world.

According to their study, Denver traffic ranked 21st in the U.S. and 107th in the world (up from 124th in 2015) for traffic congestion.

Great, so what does that mean? On average, Denver drivers spent 36 hours in traffic in 2016, which stayed about the same from the previous year. Compare that to Los Angeles, which took the top spot in the world with drivers spending 104 hours in congestion on average!

Denver Traffic

Chicago ranked 9th in the United States and 19th in the world.

Moving from Chicago, Denver traffic isn’t going to phase you. If you’ve spent any time on the Dan Ryan or Eisenhower, Denver traffic will feel tame by comparison. And unlike in Chicago, you’re going to have the beautiful continental divide to enjoy along with all those break lights.

You can get more detailed information directly from the Inrix study.

As with any large city, there are going to be certain areas of the city that are worse than others and certain times of the day that are particularly bad.

Interstate 25 and Interstate 225 tends to be the worst during the morning and evening rush hours, though I-25 can be bad anytime. 25 is the main north-south corridor connecting Jefferson County and Denver County to Tech Center, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs. It’s always busy, and getting worse every year.

Denver Traffic

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Fridays and Sundays, you might want to avoid Interstate 70 just west of Denver. It can seem like everyone in the state is heading up to the mountains to ski, hike, or mountain bike!

If you’re looking for information on current construction projects in a specific part of town, the Colorado Department of Transportation can help you out with a list of current projects.

Want even more detailed information? The Denver Regional Council of Governments released its 2015 Annual Report on Traffic Congestion in the Denver Region last fall, which provides even more insight into the traffic patterns in the metro area and how it compares to 2005.

Additional resources can be found at, which will provide you with traffic or road conditions for a specific part of the city or state.

If all this information has you considering leaving the car at home and leaving the drive to someone else,, can help you find and utilize alternate transportation options, like carpooling, public transportation, and car sharing.

Thinking of moving Denver? Let us know if you have any questions or want more information about traffic or anything else!

Jefferson County

Jefferson County: Gateway to the Rockies


Jefferson County: Gateway to the Rockies

Known as the “gateway to the Rockies,” Jefferson County is centrally located, with downtown Denver to the east and the magnificent Rocky Mountains to the west.

Jefferson County

The supermoon of may 2012 lights up the night sky above the city of Golden and metro Denver Colorado on a gorgeous evening in May.

If you’re looking to enjoy the quieter life of the suburbs, Jefferson County is a great place to live. Spanning 773-square-miles, Jeffco has something for everyone. From more urban feeling areas bordering the city to rural areas further north to quintessential suburbs to the south and mountains to the west, it really does have it all.

Officially formed as the Territory of Jefferson in 1859, Jeffco has its roots in mining and agriculture.

With a population of more than 565,000, Jeffco is the fourth largest county in the state. Based on the most recent census data, Jeffco had an annual growth rate of approximately 0.17 percent from 2000 to 2011, which is slower than anticipated. The unincorporated areas of the county saw a growth rate of around four percent, while many of the cities saw a decline in their populations.

Within Jefferson County are several cities and towns, including Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, parts of Westminster and Wheat Ridge.

Additionally, unincorporated areas of the county include Applewood, Conifer, Evergreen, Genesee, and parts of Littleton. The unincorporated population is roughly 188,000, or 35 percent, while the city of Lakewood is the largest municipality with around 143,200 people, or 27 percent of the population. According to the Jefferson Economic Council, the median home price in Jefferson County is $293,926. The Jefferson County Planning & Zoning division has more detailed demographic information if you are interested in additional specifics.

Jefferson County is served by a public school system that has several nationally recognized schools.

It is also home to several institutes of higher education, including Red Rocks Community College, Front Range Community College, Colorado Christian University, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and the renowned Colorado School of Mines. The county also boasts a highly educated workforce, with more than 40 percent of the population who have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

For lifelong learners, Jefferson County has a first-class public library system

It includes 10 locations, a Bookmobile, and an online library. In addition to both a print and digital catalog of 1.1 million items, Jefferson County Public Library offers storytimes for families, programs for teens and adults, and technology courses for those looking to improve their computer literacy skills.

For those that enjoy the great outdoors, Jefferson County has a world-class Open Space system.

There are 29 parks that cover 54,000 acres that provide access to hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, and more.

Jefferson County

The Jefferson County Courthouse is nestled at the edge of the foothills just south of Golden, Colorado

If you’re looking for more contained places to explore, Jeffco has plenty to offer, including the Colorado Railroad Museum, Butterfly Pavilion, Bandimere Speedway, Lakeside Amusement Park, Coors Brewery, and more. For entertainment buffs, Jefferson County is home to one of the world’s most famous music venues: Red Rocks Amphitheater. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities also offers first class concerts and theatrical performances.

As you can see, Jefferson County has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a little more background on some of the cities and towns in Jeffco, check out our list. If you’re interested in learning what your commute might look like, check out my post on Denver Traffic.

Have unanswered questions about Jeffco? Contact us in the comments section below.