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State of Growth: Increasing population numbers in El Paso County

Posted: 5:22 PM, Apr 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-06 14:05:41-04

COLORADO- Recent numbers released by the U.S. Census show El Paso County is growing quickly, gaining more than 13,000 newcomers in 2018.

This number, just surpassing the number of new residents in Denver County, which boasts a little more than 11,000 new people for 2018.

“What we have seen is that the majority of the growth has been along the front range,” said Colorado State Demographer Elizabeth Garner, “what it tells us in terms of migration is where are the jobs growing, and where are people attracted to.”

Garner says the amount of growth along the Front Range in places such as Denver, El Paso, and Weld counties is what’s so unusual with the growth.

Additionally, Colorado and the rest of the U.S. is facing lower fertility rates.

Colorado is slightly lower than the national 1.8 percent for fertility, with 1.7.

The lower fertility isn’t something Garner says they anticipated, and it could have an impact on the labor force later on.

El Paso County has remained steady when it comes to fertility, which is something Garner credits to a steady increase beyond the net migration.