Community Snapshot

  • Population: 7,518
  • Number of Households: 2,916
  • Median Household Income: $77,044
  • Per Capita Income: $35,516
  • Median Home Value: $353,221
  • Diversity Index: 28.9
  • Median Age: 43.8
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
  • Labor Force: 4,196
  • HS+ Graduate Rate: 97%
  • Sales Tax Rate: 3.0%
  • Town Mill Levy Rate: 9.327

“The Garden Spot— Where good things grow”

Berthoud, Colorado

Canopies of Cottonwoods and meadows carpeted with thick grass lured the first homesteaders to the Little Thompson River bottom in the 1860s. In 1873, Lewis Cross set the stage for the valley’s first settlement when he claimed a homestead that would later be on the course of the Colorado Central Railroad. After the line was built in 1877, a cluster of buildings was constructed on the Cross homestead, which was named Berthoud. The name honored Capt. Edward L. Berthoud.

Berthoud’s location on the river bottom proved unsuitable, and in the winter of 1883-84, the town was moved one mile north to a new townsite platted by Peter Turner. At that location, the town flourished and became an important agricultural center of southern Larimer County. By the early 1900s, Berthoud sported a bustling business district on Third Street at Massachusetts and Mountain avenues. Agriculture in the Berthoud area also flourished. Farmers diverted water from the Little and Big Thompson rivers into a network of reservoirs and ditches that irrigated the arid uplands. The town grew as merchants and shopkeepers set up businesses to serve farmers and ranchers.

Today, Berthoud is a bustling community with a quaint downtown, boutique shops and excellent schools and amenities that make it attractive to residential and commercial development. Centrally located between Fort Collins and Denver along the fast-growing I-25 corridor, Berthoud is quickly becoming a hub for residential, commercial and industrial development. These qualities are attracting a variety of new developments not the least of which is the TPC Colorado and Heron Lakes golf and residential community. With diverse business developments locating in Berthoud, the economy is healthy and the future bright for Berthoud now and years to come. Berthoud, “Come and Grow With Us.”

For Berthoud pre-searched real estate please select the property search tab to the right.

Source: Berthoud’s Beginnings, Berthoud Historical Society President, Mark French.


Berthoud is centrally located in the northern Front Range four miles west of Interstate 25 on Colorado Highway 56 (Exit 250).



  • BNSF Railroad with rail spur access


  • Denver International Airport: 49-minute drive
  • Ft. Collins/Loveland Airport: 15-minute drive

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, sports venues, and recreation. Commercial and industrial sites are available, and large tracts of undeveloped land provide the 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.

Major Highway Access

  • North/South demand: Direct, nonstop access to Interstate 25 (Exit 250)
  • East/West demand: Colorado Highway 56
  • Western town boundary: U.S. Highway 287
Population 25+ by Educational Attainment, 2016
Total 4,222
Less than 9th Grade 0.3%
9th-12th Grade, No Diploma 2.7%
High School Graduate 17.3%
Some College, No Degree 32.2%
Associate Degree 10.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 23%
Graduate/Professional Degree 11.1%
27J School District
Ivy Stockwell Elementary 315
Berthoud Elementary 438
Turner Middle School 480
Berthoud High School  720
Average Teacher Salary, Fall 2015 $46,886.32
Average Student/Teacher Ratio 18.8/1
Community College Enrollment Fall 2016
   Aims Community College
        All Campus Locations 7,107
   Front Range Community College
        Boulder County Campus 5,406
        Larimer County Campus 5,321
University Enrollment Fall 2016
   University of Northern Colorado 12,260
   University of Colorado Boulder 30,789
   Colorado State University 33,198

Key Residential Subdivisions/Home Builders

  • Hammond/The Landhuis Company
  • Heritage Ridge/Arbor Capital Partner
  • Heron Lakes/Hillside Commercial
  • Heron Pointe/Journey Homes LLC
  • PrairieStar/PrairieStar Inc.
  • Rose Farm Acres/Rose Farm Acres LLC
  • Vantage/Access Land Colorado, LLC

Median Home Value






Key Retailers

  • Hays Market
  • Fast food chains
  • Sit-down restaurants

Key Traffic Counts

  • Interstate 25 at the Berthoud interchange: 75,000 ADT
  • Colorado Highway 56 & 1st Street in Berthoud: 500 ADT
  • U.S. Highway 287 and Colorado Highway 56: 16,000 ADT

Unique Needs/Opportunities

  • Wilson Ranch: A 1,600-acre mixed use development located at the Berthoud Interstate 25 interchange. Fully serviced and zoned.
  • Ludlow Farms: A 300-acre mixed use development located at U.S. Highway 287 and Colorado Highway 56. Fully serviced and zoned.
  • Heron Lakes: TPC golf course with residential pad sites available.

The town of Berthoud is pro-growth and prepared to handle company needs, and will do what can reasonably be done to reduce development/start-up costs of businesses looking to locate or expand. Berthoud considers each business, commercial, and industrial opportunity on an individual basis.

For additional information, contact:

Town of Berthoud

Walt Elish
Business Development Manager

328 Massachusetts Avenue
P.O. Box 1229
Berthoud, CO 80513

Phone: 970-532-2643