If it seems to you that more and more people are moving to Colorado every year, you’re right.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday that that state’s population grew by 2 percent, or 95,267 people, between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007.

That puts the state’s population at 4.8 million and ranks it as the 22nd most populous state.

Nevada was ranked the fastest-growing state, with a 2.9 percent increase in population, and California remained the most populous state with 36.5 million people.

The U.S. population is 301.6 million.


  1. So, what are the implications of 2 percent annual population growth in Colorado? If we keep that up, we will double the state’s population to 9.7 million in 2042, and double it again to nearly 20 million by 2077. No wonder CDOT can’t see a way to fund highways and transit adequately to even maintain current dismal traffic congestion levels. And the Department of Interior predicts serious conflict over water on Colorado’s front range.

    I don’t see this as a recipe for success by any measure. We’d do well to wean ourselves from this growth addiction. Growth consumes cash, as any businessperson knows, and it will be impossible to maintain air quality and quality of life with 20 million crowded into Colorado. Who wants to ski if the drive home Sunday afternoon involves 6 hours choking in bumper-to-bumper traffic?

    The solution? Recognize that our archaic approach to economic development courts this kind of population growth. We don’t have to close our borders. We just need to end growth subsidies and redefine “economic development,” which has long been hijacked by growth-boosters.

    Dave Gardner
    Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity

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