Colorado population tops 5 million

2.7 million new residents flood state since 1970

Jenni Case, right, of Grand Junction grins as she and her 14-year-old niece Kyli Case, center, of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, high five Jenni’s brother-in-law Jesse Bynon of Grand Junction on the sidelines as the two run the last few steps of this morning’s Turkey Trot 5K race along the Riverfront Trail. The annual event raises money for the Grand Junction Fire Department Local 2808’s injured firefighters fund.



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Jenni Case, right, of Grand Junction grins as she and her 14-year-old niece Kyli Case, center, of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, high five Jenni’s brother-in-law Jesse Bynon of Grand Junction on the sidelines as the two run the last few steps of this morning’s Turkey Trot 5K race along the Riverfront Trail. The annual event raises money for the Grand Junction Fire Department Local 2808’s injured firefighters fund.

Despite the recession, Colorado continues to draw newcomers — so many in fact that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state’s population topped 5 million for the first time…




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