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Here's Where All Those Colorado Transplants Are Coming From

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Among the questions asked most frequently by Coloradans is this one: "Where the hell did all these new people come from?"

We've got the answer — or at least the U.S. Census Bureau does.

The agency has been in the news during recent months because of the Trump administration's now-abandoned effort to put a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, allegedly to help Republicans gain an advantage when it comes to redistricting, which is scheduled to get under way the following year. But most of the counting done by the agency is apolitical.

An example is released-this-week 2018 data that reveals where residents of each state were born. And the information about our fair state is fascinating even as it confirms plenty of suspicions about which American places are churning out the most transplants to Colorado.


The figures show that fewer than half of the folks currently living in Colorado have original roots. Of the total population, 5,695,564 (an increase of 88,410 from 2017), only 2,388,284 million started out here.

A far lower number, 635,176, hail from foreign countries (the assorted nations aren't specified — and the total includes those "born at sea"). There are just shy of 15,000 from Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories. So the remainder came here from one of the other 49 states or Washington, D.C.

Which ones? We've broken them into seven brackets: fewer than 10,000, between 10,001 and 20,000, between 20,001 and 30,000, between 30,001 and 40,000, between 40,001 and 50,000, between 50,001 and 100,000, and more than 100,000. The ones in the last category are unlikely to surprise you, but try to resist getting pissed. Here in Colorado, we're all about love!

FEWER THAN 10,000 TRANSPLANTS

Delaware (4,213)
Maine (9,320)
New Hampshire (7,413)
Rhode Island (4,737)
Vermont (5,787)
West Virginia (8,724)

As you can see, four of these six entries are New England states of modest size, and one the small, nearby state of Delaware, which likely explains the comparatively low numbers. The exception is West Virginia, which is regularly listed among the handful of the country's poorest states. We're guessing that more West Virginians would get here if they possibly could.