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Colorado's rapid growth continues; Denver's growth slows

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 15:05:45-04

DENVER — New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Colorado's population continued to grow between July of 2015 through July of 2016, although it did highlight some changes.

According to the data, Colorado grew by 91,726 residents in the past year, with 60,773 people migrating to the state both from other states and through international means. 

A point for natives, however, is births in Colorado grew to 67,353 in the year. Deaths in the state only equated to 37,121 to balance the population growth equation. 

The top growing counties in the state continue to be major metro areas, however Denver's boom slowed slightly in that time period.

Denver County saw only the second highest growth of all counties, being slightly edged out by El Paso County, which claims Colorado Springs as its capitol. 

El Paso County saw an increase of 13,994 residents. Denver saw a growth of just 13,028 residents. For Denver County, that's a large difference between the year prior when 18,582 residents filtered into the state. 

The change in population in Denver represents only a 1.9 percent growth rate, which is less than each of the last five years. 

So how many people live in Denver County now? At least 693,000, according to the Census Bureau. For the third year in a row, population in Denver County edged out El Paso County, which boasted 688,000 residents by comparison. 

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