The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Aldo Svaldi

Colorado’s rush of new­com­ers has slowed, but the state still added enough peo­ple to sur­pass Min­nesota in sheer num­bers, ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates from the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau re­leased Tues­day.

Colorado added 91,726 peo­ple be­tween July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, push­ing the state’s pop­u­la­tion to 5,540,545 and into the 21st spot, just ahead of Min­nesota.

Colorado’s rate of pop­u­la­tion growth fell from 1.89 per­cent last year to 1.68 per­cent this year. That ranked sev­enth, be­hind Ore­gon and ahead of Ari­zona.

“The slow­ing in the en­ergy in­dus­try due to lower prices slowed us rel­a­tive to our neigh­bors,” said state de­mog­ra­pher El­iz­a­beth Garner.

Last year, Colorado ranked sec­ond only to North Dakota in pop­u­la­tion growth. But North Dakota dropped off the charts. Wy­oming, an­other re­source de­pen­dent econ­omy, was among eight states that lost pop­u­la­tion.

Utah led the na­tion with a 2.03 per­cent gain in pop­u­la­tion, while Texas led in terms of the num­ber of peo­ple gained — 432,957. Illi­nois was at the other ex­treme, los­ing 37,508 peo­ple.

Garner said about one-third of Colorado’s pop­u­la­tion in­crease, or 30,300, was nat­u­ral, mean­ing more peo­ple were born than died. About two-thirds, or 60,700, rep­re­sented mi­gra­tion.

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