Diverse Talent Ready for Industry

Adams County supports a growing and diverse workforce prepared for in-demand jobs in emerging industries such as aerospace, bioscience, and manufacturing.

With the lowest cost of living in Metro Denver and the sixth lowest in Colorado (EMSI, 2018), employees navigate just a few minutes further north of downtown Denver for abundant career opportunities and attainable housing.

And companies and employees alike can take advantage of ongoing skills training at Colorado’s largest community college—Front Range Community College—with accessible campuses in Westminster and Brighton. It opened a new Center for Integrated Manufacturing in July 2019 to provide industry-focused education and hands-on training for modern-day manufacturing workers.

Adams County has experienced solid employment growth in 2018-2019 and our labor force participation continues to grow. Although Adams County (and Colorado) had record low unemployment rates in the past 2-3 years, rates have increased slightly in 2019.

Adams County Metro Denver Colorado
Establishments (2018) 11,131 103,312 201,952
Jobs (2018) 233,224 1,622,601 2,997,886
Average Job Increase (2013-2018) 4.2% 2.9% 2.5%
Average Earnings Per Job (2018)  $61,442.00  $71,985.00  $64,880.00
Unemployment Rate (12/18) 4.2% 3.4% 3.8%

Adams County has seven K-12 School Districts. Many offer unique STEM, CTE, and International Baccalaureate programs.

District K-12 Enrollment (2018-2019)
Mapleton 1 9,149
Adams 12 Five Star Schools 38,707
Adams County 14 6,610
27J School District 19,248
Bennett 29J 1,117
Strasburg 31J 1,080
Westminster Public Schools 9,090


In Adams County

  • Front Range Community College
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Front Range Flight School

Nearby 4-Year Universities

  • Colorado State University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Denver

Workforce Training in Adams County

Investing in and training Adams County’s next generation of workers – whether it be students or adults – is among our top priorities. We partner with these organizations to create and ensure a skilled workforce pipeline for existing and relocating companies.

Workforce Profile

Adams County Education Consortium

The Adams County Education Consortium, housed at Adams County Economic Development, is a bridge between business and K-12 education. Its programslike Backpacks to Briefcases and the 8th Grade Career Expo—expose students to the 21st-century skills that are critical to today’s workplace.

Workforce PROFILE

Adams County Workforce & Business Center

The Adams County Workforce & Business Center creates opportunities for success in Adams County by connecting businesses to a quality workforce. Company-focused services include sector partnerships, business panels, incentive programs, workforce intelligence, and training/retraining solutions.

Maxar's workforce is made up of dedicated, innovative people who are driven by our purpose: For a Better World. With our headquarters in Westminster, we can draw on an immense talent pool in Adams County and the entire Denver Metro area as we expand our team and continue to serve our customers around the globe.
  • Fact

Colorado is the 2nd Most Highly Educated State for residents with a bachelor's degree or higher.

- American Community Survey, 2018