The Town of Erie is located on the northern fringe of the Denver-Boulder Metropolitan area. Named for Erie, PA, Erie, CO is Located less than 25 minutes from downtown Denver via Interstate 25, and even closer to Boulder, Longmont and several other Front Range communities. It is ideally situated in the heart of Colorado's major business and population centers as well as premier educational and research facilities. The completion of the Northwest Parkway with E-470 just two miles from Erie, has cut the travel time to Denver International Airport (DIA) to thirty-five minutes. Additionally, the Erie Municipal Airport provides a full range of services for corporate and general aviation aircraft.
Erie is within an hour of several ski resorts and is less than an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park. There are numerous golf courses located within 15 miles of Erie. Erie's first golf course, Vista Ridge opened in 2002.
Prior to the 1870s and the development of the northern coal fields, settlers living along Coal Creek were farmers or merchants. Throughout the 1860s, stagecoach companies delivered freight, mail and passengers.
Social interaction among early settlers was limited, and families traveled great distances to attend church, school or grange meetings. Many relied on circuit-riding preachers to bring them the gospel once or twice a month. Such a man was Reverend Richard Van Valkenburg, civic leader and a founder of Erie, Colorado. Having spent many years as a Methodist preacher in the coal towns near Erie, Pennsylvania, the Reverend thought it fitting to bestow that name on its western counterpart.
The original plat for Erie was filed in 1871, following establishment of the Briggs Mine, the first commercial coal mine in Weld County. That same year, the Union Pacific Railroad extended a spur westward from Brighton on its main line between Denver and Cheyenne. Coal from the Erie deposits was needed to fuel their huge steam locomotives. The Boulder Valley Railroad, as it was called then, opened up the northern coal fields for development. Soon coal from Erie mines was being shipped by rail to markets in Denver and as far east ask Kansas City. The Town of Erie was incorporated in 1874.
Once home to coal mines, railroads and agriculture, Erie is today a vibrant community comprised of many friendly neighborhoods and a Historic Downtown Business District.
Erie real estate offers a blend of older "character" homes and recently built properties, many in planned communities. Like many Front Range communities, Erie maintains a small town feeling providing a variety of housing options. Erie CO homes range in price from cozy bungalows in the mid $100k range, to homes of $1 million and up. Some of the neighborhoods in Erie include:
Average household size 2.86
Median annual household income: $77,114
For population 25 years and over in Erie
High school or higher: 94.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 49.3%
Graduate or professional degree: 16.5%