YOU BETCHA: STATE POPULATION PASSES MINNESOTA’S TOTAL
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.