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County population up, state growth slows

Greg Masse
Post Independent Staff
With Wire Reports

Garfield County’s population rose by 1.4 percent from 2002 to 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

From July 1, 2002, to July 1, 2003, the county’s population gained 671 people, growing from 46,940 to 47,611. The figures are estimates based on surveying.

Garfield County edged out the state’s growth by 0.3 percent. As a whole, Colorado grew 1.1 percent during the same time span to an estimated 4.5 million, the Census Bureau reported.

Eagle County, which includes part of Basalt and El Jebel, expanded its population by 2.3 percent, or 1,050 people, to 46,020, and the number of Pitkin County residents increased by 0.5 percent, or 67 people. Pitkin County’s population surpassed the 15,000 mark with 15,002 people, the Census Bureau reported.

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Douglas County, south of Denver, was again the fastest-growing in the state, at 5.6 percent, but Colorado’s economic and population slowdown has cut into the growth dramatically.

Once consistently among the nation’s fastest-growing counties, Douglas ranked 16th. The fastest-growing county in the nation was Loudoun County in northern Virginia, at 31 percent.

Other fast-growing Colorado counties included Custer, 3.6 percent; Weld, 3.5 percent; and Broomfield, 3.4 percent.

Twenty-six Colorado counties lost population during the period, including Cheyenne, down 4.5 percent; Baca, down 4 percent; Kiowa, down 3.2 percent; and Gunnison, down 18 people, the bureau estimated.

The overall state population was 4,550,688.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


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