Elbert County is Open for Business

Elbert County is Colorado’s Central Plains' most populated county and one of the nation's fastest growing counties. Many families who work in the Denver metro area have moved to western Elbert County to leave the commotion of the city behind and enjoy a quieter country lifestyle.

Elbert County’s largest incorporated town, Elizabeth, was founded in 1859 as a logging center, and sits at 6,450 feet in altitude -- over 1,000 feet higher than the Mile High City. Only a 20-minute drive from Denver, Elizabeth and nearby Kiowa offers the perfect backdrop for new business parks and light manufacturing companies.

With several small school districts and active rural community groups like 4-H and agricultural associations, Elbert County is an ideal location to raise a family.

And, the scenery is magnificent – rolling prairie, creeks, and dense Ponderosa forests still cover the area, blending into the Black Forest as Elbert slopes into El Paso County.

The town of Simla boasts a rural but bustling lifestyle. This part of Elbert County unfolds into gently rolling prairies dotted with splendid evergreen growth and spectacular Front Range views. Out here, agriculture is king, with farmland occupying 93% of the land.

Elbert County at a Glance

Population: 26,145 (2018, Colorado State Demography Office)

Land area: 1,854 square miles.

Population density: 14.1 persons per square mile.

Elevations range from 5,000 to 7,350 feet. The Palmer Divide is the county's east-west spine, from which waters flow north to the Platte or south to the Arkansas.

Annual precipitation ranges from 15 to 18 inches.

January mean temperature is 29°. July mean temperature is 74°.