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Report: Denver leads Colorado’s statewide population growth

Posted at 4:19 PM, Mar 28, 2020

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau has released a report showing the population of Denver increased more than any other county in the state of Colorado last year.

The city and county of Denver has 727,211 residents, a 1.5% increase or about 11,000 more people compared with mid-2018, the Denver Post reported.

Since 2010, the city has grown by a cumulative 21%, adding more than 127,000 people, the report said.

The annual report was released Thursday after estimating the final population count between 2010 and 2019.

A data analysis by the Post shows Denver led in numerical growth for the first time in four years, despite faster percentage growth recorded in smaller counties.

El Paso County, the state’s second-largest county and home to Colorado Springs, increased by 8,314 people, or 1.2%, the report said. Weld County grew by 9,677 people and Douglas County by 8,165 people.

The final county census shows that in the past decade Colorado has been reflective of national trends. Colorado’s urban counties have grown much faster than its rural ones.

“One interesting trend we have seen this decade is widespread population decline among smaller counties, while larger counties tended to have population growth,” said Christine Hartley, a demographer at the Census Bureau. “Three out of four counties with a population of less than 10,000 in 2010 had even smaller populations in 2019.”