Transportation & Logistics

Driving commerce forward

Transportation & logistics

Cluster overview

Meeting customer demand requires quickly and efficiently moving goods, services, and information. The transportation and logistics cluster in Colorado does just that, supporting the state’s 6,000 or so manufacturing firms and significant e-commerce growth. Goods produced in our state are consumed in nearly every country in the world in part because we can efficiently get them there. Enabled by our superior multi-modal transportation infrastructure, central United States location with global access, and ample land for scalable operations, Aurora has become a powerhouse in this cluster. We welcomed the first two Amazon facilities in Colorado with the e-commerce boom. We’re next to one of the busiest international airports in the country and world. And we have millions of square feet of industrial product serving companies all along the global supply chain. Transportation and warehousing is Aurora’s 8th largest industry with an employment concentration much higher than the national average. And the growth we’ve seen in the last decade is only going to continue.


Transportation and warehousing has seen the largest 5-year employment growth among all of Aurora’s industries

Growth over time

The growth story

Aurora and Adams and Arapahoe Counties have experienced growth this cluster that far outpaces the Metro area, state, and nation over the last five years both in employment and number of companies.

Transportation & Warehousing Growth

5-year CAGR 2014-2019


Talent and employment

More than 16,000 transportation and logistics companies in Colorado employ nearly 200,000 people in the broader cluster. Narrowing down to a subset, Aurora’s transportation and warehousing industry specifically has 300 companies and more than 7,000 employees. Top employers like Amazon are taking advantage of the skilled workforce available in the region.


Transportation & logistics companies in Colorado

(State of Colorado)

Nearly 200K

Colorado cluster employees

(State of Colorado)


billion Colorado cluster annual payroll

(State of Colorado)


Billion Colorado exports in 2019

(U.S. Department of Commerce)


Top employers in Aurora

Amazon, UPS, United Natural Foods Incorporated (UNFI), Kroger, Wagner, and YRC are among the top employers in Aurora and employ thousands of people in our community.

UPS Cargo operations, photo courtesy of Denver International Airport