Denver continues to grow at a crazy pace
, with transplants aplenty causing the city's population to swell
. Now, a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data reveals the ten cities that have contributed the most new Denverites in recent years. And while many of them are major metropolises from across the country, the top of the roster is dominated by communities in Colorado.
This last finding echoes information we shared in the August 2016 post "Where Are Transplants Moving to Denver From? Here Are the Top 29 Places
." Census Bureau data from between 2009 and 2013 collected by the Sparefoot
website showed that 64 percent of those who moved to Denver County during that span — 42,674 people — relocated from another county in Colorado. That meant the remaining 36 percent, representing 23,751 people, came from out of state.
These trends have continued. According to a report jointly created by LawnStarter
and the Bellhops Denver
moving service, the Denver metro area grew from 2,554,864 to 2,853,077 between 2010 and 2016, a gain of 298,213 residents. That's an increase of 11.7 percent, making the Mile High City and its immediate surroundings the seventh-fastest-growing region in the country with a base populace in excess of one million.
The study reveals the previous homes of these newcomers, as well as what its authors characterize as "counterflow" — the number of people from Denver moving to the locations even as others were putting down roots here. Also spotlighted are the cities that added the highest number of former residents, those that lost the most to our town, and the comings and goings of those in six Colorado places.
Note that the 2011-to-2015 data shows that Coloradans made up 19 percent of those who relocated to Denver over that span — far fewer than the 64 percent from 2009 to 2013. If you've been seeing more out-of-state license plates during your commutes lately, that's a big reason why.
Here are the details. Click to read the complete report
DENVER TRANSPLANTS FROM 2011 TO 2015
10. New York
Number of people who moved to Denver: 2,436
Percentage of all movers: 1.69 percent
Number of people who moved to Denver: 2,519
Percentage of all movers: 1.75 percent
8. Washington, D.C.
Number of people who moved to Denver: 3,004
Percentage of all movers: 2.09 percent
Number of people who moved to Denver: 3.021
Percentage of all movers: 2.10 percent
Number of people who moved to Denver: 3,544
Percentage of all movers: 2.47 percent
5. Los Angeles
Number of people who moved to Denver: 3,922
Percentage of all movers: 2.73 percent
4. Fort Collins
Number of people who moved to Denver: 4,011
Percentage of all movers: 2.79 percent
Number of people who moved to Denver: 4,803
Percentage of all movers: 3.34 percent
2. Colorado Springs
Number of people who moved to Denver: 6,842
Percentage of all movers: 4.76 percent
Number of people who moved to Denver: 9,340
Percentage of all movers: 6.5 percent
NET MIGRATION FLOW OF THE TOP TEN
10. New York
Net gain/loss: +1,460
Net gain/loss: -912
8. Washington, D.C.
Net gain/loss: +1,443
Net gain/loss: +819
Net gain/loss: +2,374
5: Los Angeles
Net gain/loss: +1,144
4: Fort Collins
Net gain/loss: -1,629
Net gain/loss: -1,992
2: Colorado Springs
Net gain/loss: -393
Net gain/loss: +823