Count shows 5 million live in Colorado

Colorado grew fast compared to the rest of the nation, but not fast enough to merit another seat in Congress.

Just over 5 million people called Colorado home on April 1, when the census was taken.

That’s enough to account for about 7.7 congressional districts at about 647,000 people per U.S. representative.

Next-door Utah qualified, however, for an additional seat, bringing its delegation to four in the House, to represent nearly 2.8 million people.

Colorado’s growth rate was nothing to dismiss, state Demographer Elizabeth Garner said. The 9.9 percent growth rate made it the ninth-fastest growing state in the nation in terms of percentage increase, Garner said.

Utah was third, with a 28.9 percent growth rate between 2000 and 2010.

“I wasn’t surprised about any of the folks in front of us,” Garner said.

If Colorado continues to grow as it has over the past decade, it’s increasingly likely it will gain a seat in Congress in 2020, Garner said.

Colorado got a seventh seat in Congress based on the results of the 2000 census.


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