Timnath may be on the smallish side among Colorado towns and cities, but it was the fast growing burg in the state last year.
The Larimer County town off Interstate 25 south of Fort Collins grew 32 percent in one year to 1,543 people, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.
Lone Tree in Douglas County was second, jumping 11.5 percent in one year to 13,267 residents.
Timnath, founded as an farm town in 1882, was also the fastest growing town since the start of the decade, climbing 142 percent.
Weld County towns continued to dominate the list of the fastest growing municipalities, occupying five of the top 10 spots.
Among the state’s cities over 50,000, Castle Rock grew the most, climbing 3.3 percent in one year and 10 percent since 2010 to about 53,000.
Denver, the state’s largest city, ranked third, growing by 2.4 percent to almost 650,000 people. Since 2010, Denver is the second fastest growing major city in Colorado, climbing 8.2 percent, according to the Census Bureau. Among U.S. cities 500,000 and larger, Denver posted the second highest growth rate nationally between 2010 and 2013, trailing only Austin, Texas.
But not every Colorado town grew last year.
More than a third or 97 of the state’s 272 towns lost population last year. The largest to lose people was Grand Junction, where the population dropped by less than 100 to 59,778.