Residents from other states flocked to Colorado last year, fueling almost half of the state’s population gains.
New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau pinpoint what was behind the state’s 1.5 percent growth rate, the third highest among states in the U.S.
Overall, Colorado gained almost 79,000 people between 2012 and 2013 to reach 5,268,367 in population.
About half of the gains, 36,284, came from more people moving to Colorado from other states than leaving Colorado to go elsewhere. Net international migration, a major growth factor in the 1990s and last decade, only added 8,573 people last year.
The rest of the 2013 growth, 32,672, came from more births than deaths.
Colorado trailed only North Dakota and Utah in rate of growth.
Migration from other states accounted for almost 80 percent of North Dakota’s growth, which continues to experience a robust oil and gas boom.
But only 12 percent of the growth in Utah came from out of state residents. Population gains in Utah were driven by three times more births than deaths last year.