With plenty of wide-open spaces, mountain vistas, and a tiny-but-happening downtown, Erie is a burgeoning spot with room to grow.

Exploring Erie, Colorado

You might notice that street, neighborhood, and business names in Erie often have the word “vista” in them. That is a clue about Erie’s auspicious location, on a slight rise in the Front Range landscape with a spectacular view of Boulder’s foothills and the Rocky Mountain peaks just beyond. A small-town vibe suffuses the community, especially in the cute-as-a-button downtown, where coffee shops, boutiques, breweries, and eateries are thriving. Yet there’s plenty of ground to cover in every direction, from the scenic Colorado National Golf Club to the Coal Creek Trail, which travels all the way from downtown Erie to Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior. More geographically sprawling and politically diverse than its neighboring Boulder County communities, Erie has room to grow and new possibilities emerging every day.


Eat & Drink


24 Carrot Bistro | Farm-fresh ingredients brought sumptuously (yet unpretentiously) to life by expert chefs in a charming, exposed-brick-and-crystal-chandelier dining room.
Piripi | Tasty Latin and Mediterranean-inspired tapas on a second-story perch above downtown Erie.
Birdhouse | A unique Mexican-Asian fusion of dishes (choose tacos or choose ramen!) that will have you coming back for more.


Trails and Walks


Thomas Reservoir | This pleasant little path rings the reservoir and is great for sunset watching.
Erie Singletrack | This terrain park is a mountain biker’s dream, close to town and with spectacular views.


Arts & Culture


Erie Community Center | A number of art classes and workshops are available that this popular community center, next door to the library.


Favorite Community Events


Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival | Over 200 craft and food vendors, plus a hot air balloon liftoff that you must see each May.
Erie Farmers Market | In a town flanked by farmland, it makes sense that Erie would have a terrific farmers market. It happens May-September on Thursday evenings. 


In the News


“Before its last mine shut down in 1978, Erie was among the country’s largest coal producers. Today, the sprawling town, which straddles Boulder and Weld counties, is a booming suburb with a population that’s nearly doubled in the past decade.... Despite all this growth, Erie’s dining scene has managed to retain its small-town charm.” —5280 Magazine

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Overview for Erie, CO

29,367 people live in Erie, where the median age is 37.1 and the average individual income is $52,185. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

37.1 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Average individual Income

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