FILE - Family hikes in Colorado

Kyle Jones, of Greeley, Colo., far left, carries his son Andrew while walking with his wife Sarah, center, who carries their baby Caleb, trailing their daughter Kaylee, at a scenic overlook off Trail Ridge Road, above tree-line at Rocky Mountain National Park, west of Estes Park, Colo., Monday, July 14, 2014.

All but two Colorado cities grew in population in the last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday.

Sterling lost 137 residents, a 0.64% decrease, the only decrease for Colorado cities included in the data. Edwards gained one resident, statistically a zero percent increase.

The data included 17 cities and metropolitan areas in the state.

Greeley, which has an estimated population of more than 314,000, grew by 9,031 resident, the largest percentage increase in the state. It ranked 14th nationally in percentage growth.

The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area had the largest numerical increase at 39,436, a 1.34% increase, while Colorado Springs grew by 13,501, a 1.83% increase, the third largest percentage increase in the state.

Fort Collins came in second place for highest percentage growth in the state, with 6,525, and over 350,000 residents in total.

Other cities that saw population growth were Boulder (2,005), Pueblo (1,103), Glenwood Springs (655), Grand Junction (1,801), and Durango (769). 

Steamboat Springs was the smallest city with the most significant percentage growth, at 1.5%, or 387 residents.

Colorado’s estimated population is almost 5.7 million. 

A proposal that passed the House last week would give $12 million to start a “2020 census outreach grant program,” which would focus on community outreach. Colorado Democrats cite accuracy in census reporting for the proposal. 

Colorado’s economy has been strong, having the sixth highest gross domestic product growth nationally in the third quarter of 2018. (The bureau’s census numbers from the report ended in July, 2018.)

The state’s overall GDP was $369 billion in that quarter, with the information services industry having the highest percentage increase.

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.