- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Colorado saw a major jump in population in 2015, with nearly 101,000 people added in a single year.

According to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday, Colorado’s population reached more than 5,456,500 as of July 1, with just shy of 101,000 residents more than July 1, 2014, The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1OiUTAM).

The 1.89 percent increase was the second highest in the country, with only North Dakota gaining more residents, with a 2.28 percent jump that added 16,887 people. Colorado’s population gain was also more than double the 0.79 percent increase in the overall U.S. population.

The state ranked seventh among all states for total number of people added, landing between North Carolina and Arizona.

State demographer Elizabeth Garner says net migration - more people moving to the state than leaving - accounts for about two-thirds of the population gain.

“In the long run, that contribution rate is closer to 55 percent,” she said, citing averages since 1980.

Though Colorado ranked among the top five states for job growth in 2014, it is closer to middle of the pack this year and could see even smaller increases next year. CU economist Richard Wobbekind said people moving to the state are likely not looking at the number of jobs added but instead the overall unemployment rate, which hit 3.6 percent in November. Nationally the unemployment rate is 5 percent.


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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