Douglas County and Castle Rock shine brightly on both the state and national levels. These recognitions provide third-party affirmations that Castle Rock is a great place to conduct business and an enjoyable place to live.
Forbes magazine named Douglas County the No. 9 Wealthiest County in the United States. (2016)
Castle Rock was named Best Large Community for Economic Development by the Economic Development Council of Colorado (2010), due much in part to the Castle Rock Economic Partnership – a unique collaborative group comprising the Town leadership, Castle Rock Economic Development Council, Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Castle Rock Downtown Alliance.
Castle Rock EDC was named the most Innovative Economic Development 2016 by Rockies Venture Club.
Money Magazine named Castle Rock the No. 28 Best Places to Live in the United States. (2021).
Castle Rock’s Department of Innovation and Technology was a 2011 Recipient of the 2011 CIO 100 Award, which honors 100 companies for IT excellence. Castle Rock was one of only two municipalities recognized in North America. (2011)
WalletHub ranked Castle Rock as the No. 8 place in Colorado to raise a family.
American City and County ranked Castle Rock as the No. 20 best small city in America.
Colorado consistently receives top rankings nationally as a place to live and start and succeed in business.
Best States for Business Forbes Magazine
Venture Capital per Capita Beacon Hill State Competitiveness
Tech Industry Employment Concentration TechAmerica Cyberstates 2010
Research & Development Inputs Milken Institute
Entrepreneurial Activity ITIF New Economy Index
Fortune 500 Companies Headquartered in CO Fortune Magazine
High Tech Establishments Cyberstates 2010
Most Preferred State to Live In The Harris Poll
Percent of Sunny Days CQ Press State Rankings
Largest Space Economy (private employment) Development Research Partners
State Technology & Science Index Milken Institute
Percent of Adults in Labor Force U.S. Census Bureau
Percent of Population with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher U.S. Census Bureau
Science & Engineering Degrees per Capita Beacon Hill State Competitiveness
Scientistis & Engineers as Percent of Labor Force Beacon Hill State Competitiveness
Economic Outlook ALEC Latter State Econ Comp Index