What Colorado regions will grow fastest through 2050?
November 7, 2017
Northern Colorado and the Western Slope will claim larger shares of Colorado's population as the state adds 3 million new residents over the next three and a half decades, according to state forecasts.
Greeley and Fort Collins will more than double in population and the Western Slope will grow by two-thirds by 2050, the State Demography Office predicts, while Denver, Boulder, Pueblo and the central mountain resorts will grow at slower rates. Also, Colorado Springs will overtake a built-out Denver as the state's largest city.
Between 2015 and 2050, Colorado will add the equivalent of another metro Denver, on its way to 8.46 million residents. Though it's a lot of people, the state's rate of growth actually is predicted to slow during that period as the baby boomer generation moves on.
State and local officials use the forecasts to plan for growth, a hot topic as Colorado's roads, housing market and environment strain from an influx of out-of-state migrants.
The portion of the state's population along the Front Range is not expected to change significantly from its current 83.5 percent. What will change is where new households settle along the Front Range, and across more rural areas of Colorado, some of which are losing population.
The Denver and Boulder metro areas will add 1.39 million people, the most of any region, a gain of 45.4 percent. But other regions will add residents at an even faster clip, which will push the metro Denver-Boulder share of the state population from 56.3 percent of the total in 2015 to 52.7 percent by the midcentury mark
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