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Jan 15, 2012 6:22 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Colo. draws 31,000 residents from other states

DENVER (AP) - The Census Bureau says Colorado had a net gain of more than 31,000 people moving to the state from elsewhere in the U.S. last year, fifth-highest in the nation.

The Denver Post reported Sunday that Colorado was the most popular state among 25- to 44-year-olds who moved.

State demographer Elizabeth Garner says Colorado's unemployment hasn't deterred people, given that times are tough almost everywhere. Colorado's November rate was 8 percent.

Garner says Colorado has a big bulge of people in the 45-to-65 age range, many who moved here in the 1970s and '80s. They are retiring out of the labor force and being replaced by younger workers.

Colorado's in-migration is much lower than it was in the '90s and hasn't been strong enough to lift the construction industry.

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