Dacono was the second coal mining town of a trio of towns northeast of Erie, along with Firestone and Frederick. They are commonly referred to as the Tri-Town or Carbon Valley area. Dacono was founded by and then named by Charles Baum, a coal mining executive. He named it after three ladies he admired, Daisy (his wife) and Cora and Nora (friends of his wife), selecting the first two letters from each lady’s name.
Da, Co, and No. Dacono had the first railroad depot of Tri-Town, and through the 1930s, passenger cars were running several times a day between Denver and Fort Collins, and coal cars were filling up hourly. The mines are now closed, but coal has not been Dacono’s only resource. Dacono farms have produced sugar beets, corn, wheat, and tomatoes.
Source: Weld County 150, City of Greeley Museums staff, Nancy Lourine Lynch.
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The City of Dacono is located in southwest Weld County, one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Colorado. Dacono is centrally located to access both the Denver Metropolitan Area or Northern Colorado communities. Located in the heart of the Front Range, Dacono possesses a small town atmosphere with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains.
South Weld County
With a population estimated to reach 82,435 by 2020, the southern region of Weld County has experienced some of its fastest growth recently. Offering an attractive small town/rural quality of life with abundant new homes, excellent schools, and majestic mountain views, the region is strategically located just north of metro Denver and east of Boulder, which has fueled booming residential growth. With 23,764 households who have an average median disposable income of $55,028, the region is poised to see continued growth. The average median household income is $68,011, the average median home value is $243,539, and the subregion offers a wide range of educational opportunities, sport venues, and recreation. Commercial and industrial sites are available, and large tracts of undeveloped land provide opportunity for future growth. East/west access is provided by Colorado Highway 52, which connects to Interstate 76 and Interstate 25. North/south access is provided by Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85, which connects to Interstate 70 in Denver and Interstate 80 in Wyoming. Denver International Airport is 20-30 minutes away.
Denver International Airport: 30-minute drive
Major Highway Access-
North/South demand: Interstate 25, 6 miles west of U.S. Highway 85
East/West demand: ExpressToll Highway 470, Colorado Highway 52
|Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2015|
|Less than 9th Grade||7.5%|
|9th-12th Grade, No Diploma||14.4%|
|High School Graduate||29.0%|
|Some College, No Degree||20.3%|
District Data | Public School Districts
Dacono has two highly rated public school districts. They offer comprehensive curricula that provide outstanding educational opportunities for all students. Commitment to excellence is evident both in the quality of the faculty and the achievement levels of the students.
Weld County School District Re-8
- Enrollment of over 2,500 students
- Two elementary, one middle school, one high school, and one neighborhood magnet school
- Vrain Valley School District is the educational home of more than 32,000 of Colorado’s students.
- The seventh largest school district in the state, St. Vrain Valley operates 53 schools that are spread over 411 square miles.
- The makeup of the schools include: 1 Stand Alone Preschool, 26 Elementary, 2 K-8, 7 Middle, 1 Middle/Senior, 8 High, 1 Alternative, and 6 Charter.
- Vrain high schools continue to rank locally and nationally according to the recent U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best High Schools Rankings.
|ST VRAIN VALLEY RE1J STAFFING INFORMATION: 2014-2015|
|Average Teacher Salary, Fall 2015||$48,675.75|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||17.93/1|
|WELD COUNTY RE-8 STAFFING INFORMATION: 2014-2015|
|Average Teacher Salary, Fall 2015||$45,678.61|
|Average Student/Teacher Ratio||15.5/1|
|Community College Enrollment|
|Aims Community College|
|All Campus Locations||5,001|
|Front Range Community College|
|Boulder County Campus||3,736|
|Larimer County Campus||8,061|
|University of Northern Colorado||12,216|
|University of Colorado Boulder||32,775|
|Colorado State University||32,236|
Key Residential Subdivisions/Home Builders
- Sweetgrass (KB Home)
- Sharpe Farms (LGI Homes)
- Eagle Meadow (Tamrick Homes-custom)
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The City of Dacono works to enhance the city’s quality of life through the creation and preservation of healthy businesses and good jobs. We want to accomplish this mission by working with companies that are looking to start a new business, expand an existing business, or relocate a business to Dacono. If you are considering relocating, expanding, or starting a new business, consider Dacono, Colorado.
The City of Dacono is dedicated to achieving the highest quality of development, infrastructure, and quality of life for its citizens. These goals are met, in part, through the enhancement and expansion of the local economy. Because of the inherent competition between localities for new businesses and jobs, the City recognizes that incentives are sometimes necessary to allow a community to reach its full economic potential.
The City has an adopted business assistance policy which is followed to establish standards and guidelines that will govern the granting of financial incentives to facilitate economic growth. These guidelines are predicated on the belief that the City has an interest in taking positive action to maximize its long-term financial capacity while responding to the service demands of both new and existing development without placing a disproportionate tax burden on residents.
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