Sur­round­ing ci­ties lift Den­ver’s pop­u­la­tion

L.A. and Chicago trail when it comes to revving the Colorado cap­i­tal city’s mi­gra­tion mo­tor

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Aldo Svaldi

Com­plaints about over­crowd­ing in metro Den­ver tend to cen­ter on “those out-of-staters.” What is of­ten missed is that most of the new­com­ers came from places much closer.

Lawn­starter, an on­line land­scape sched­ul­ing ser­vice, dug into the mi­gra­tion num­bers from the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau’s Amer­i­can Com­mu­nity Sur­vey be­tween 2010 to 2014.

Boul­der sent metro Den­ver 9,084 new res­i­dents a year on av­er­age dur­ing that time frame, while Colorado Springs sent 6,274, Gree­ley sent 4,478 and Fort Collins sent 4,217, ac­cord­ing to the anal­y­sis.

So how does that com­pare to the mega­met­ros? Los An­ge­les, with a pop­u­la­tion of 18.6 mil­lion, sent an av­er­age of 3,815 res­i­dents a year dur­ing the pe­riod stud­ied, while the Dallas-Forth Worth area, pop­u­la­tion 6 mil­lion, sent 3,045. Chicago, pop­u­la­tion 2.7 mil­lion, sent 2,824.

State de­mog­ra­pher El­iz­a­beth Gar­ner said Colorado has one of the high­est rates of net mi­grants per capita of any state.

“Colorado has ranked fifth, seventh, fourth, fifth and third since 2011 in its net mi­gra­tion per res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion,” Gar­ner said.

But metro Den­ver ranks sec­ond in the coun­try for the share of new­com­ers who come from within state bor­ders.

“A larger share of its growth comes from within state com­pared to other metro ar­eas,” she said.

With mi­gra­tion, it is also im­por­tant to look at the peo­ple mov­ing out of an area and not just mov­ing in. About an equal num­ber of peo­ple moved to Den­ver from At­lanta as moved from Den­ver to At­lanta dur­ing the four years stud­ied.

Phoenix was an­other city where the mi­gra­tion with Den­ver was a wash, and Hous­ton, while slightly in Den­ver’s fa­vor, was some­what bal­anced.

Then there are the two ci­ties that stand out for lop­sided flows. New York City sent 1,684 more res­i­dents than it took back per year from Den­ver. Chicago was an­other big net sender, send­ing 2,824 peo­ple a year while tak­ing back 1,190, re­sult­ing in a net gain of 1,634 res­i­dents for Den­ver.

Den­ver takes three res­i­dents for ev­ery two it loses in the mi­gra­tion tug-ofwar with San Francisco, Dallas and Washington, D.C., and won when pit­ted against ma­jor met­ros ex­cept for one.

Seat­tle beat Den­ver for net mi­gra­tion, at­tract­ing five Den­ver res­i­dents for ev­ery four of its own who moved the other way, or 449 peo­ple a year on av­er­age in its fa­vor.

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