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Rifle population at or near Glenwood’s

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE Since 2000, Rifle’s population has grown about 24.5 percent compared to 13.3 percent for Glenwood Springs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.The bureau’s annual population estimate was released in late June. It’s the best guess for how many people lived in the cities as of July 1, 2006. The estimate is not as comprehensive as the full-blown census survey conducted every 10 years, nor does it include other types demographic information.”The census is an enumeration of every household. This is based on things like births and deaths, using the census year as a population base. It’s our best guess as to what the population is,” said Jerry O’Donnell, one of the bureau’s public information officers.For July 1 last year, Glenwood Springs population was estimated at 8,765, while Rifle was estimated at 8,446 people. As of the 2000 census, Glenwood Springs was at 7,736 and Rifle was at 6,784. In that time period, Glenwood Springs grew by about 1,029 while Rifle grew by 1,662.In 1990, Glenwood Springs’ population was about 6,561 residents compared to Rifle’s 4,636 residents.Rifle’s growth is projected to continue taking off. According to preliminary results of a BBC Researching & Consulting study released last fall, Rifle and its surrounding area will have nearly twice the population of Glenwood Springs by 2030. By that year, it projects the Glenwood Springs area to be at about 22,215 people and the Rifle area to be at 43,859.Garfield County grew to 51,908 by July 2006 compared to 49,772 in July 2005. In 2000, it was 44,236, according to census bureau estimates.Rifle has been growing at a faster rate than Glenwood Springs due in large part to growth in area oil and gas development. People in the oil and gas business are also living – at least temporarily – outside of city limits in facilities known as “man camps.”One example is EnCana USA recently winning Garfield County approval to operate up to 31 temporary facilities housing nearly 750 natural gas development workers north of Parachute.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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