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Denver is fastest-growing big city in West

Monday, August 13, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Denver Business Journal

by Mark Harden, New Media Editor

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012

Denver grew at a faster rate than any other large city in the western states between 2010 and 2011, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

The analysis is by G. Scott Thomas, who writes about demographic trends in his "On Numbers" blog for American City Business Journals, the Denver Business Journal's coporate parent.

Thomas analyzed census data on 2,308 western cities, town and villages, comparing population totals as recorded by the official U.S. Census in April 2010 to population estimates as of July 2011.

Population counts are for residents living within the city limits only, not surrounding suburbs.

Thomas says Denver's population growth rate between 2010 and 2011 was 3.33 percent, more than any of the West's 200 largest cities.

Denver's head count grew from 600,008 to 619,968 over that time, a gain of 19,960 residents.

Among other larger Colorado cities, Broomfield's population grew 2.62 percent, Colorado Springs gained 2.39 percent, Parker added 2.35 percent, Castle Rock gained 2.33 percent and Northglenn added 2.24 percent.

In terms of whole numbers, Los Angeles saw the West's greatest population gain between 2010 and 2011, of 27,077, Thomas reports. But L.A. is so large already that the increase amounted to just a 0.71 percent population gain.

Denver now ranks seventh among the West's cities in population within city limits, according to Thomas' numbers, behind L.A. (3,819,702), Phoenix (1,469,471), San Diego (1,326,179), San Jose (967,487), San Francisco (812,826) and Seattle (620,778).

The Mile High City is 23rd nationwide.

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