The Front Range's Changing Demographics

June 2010

Just one county along the Front Range witnessed an increase in the percentage of Caucasian residents last year: Denver. The county's white population rose from 50.9 percent to 51.2 percent between July 2008 and July 2009, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report cited by The Denver Post, marking the fourth straight year the percentage has grown. The remainder of the 11 Front Range counties witnessed declines in their Caucasian populations for the same period. While Denver's Latino population dropped from 34.3 percent to 33.9 percent, Denver's black population rose slightly to 9.3 percent. Arapahoe County now has the highest percentage of black residents in Colorado: 9.4 percent. And Colorado is growing older as baby boomers gray. The percentage of Coloradans between 60 and 69 years of age rose more than six percent between 2008 and 2009---that's more than triple the state's growth rate of 1.8 percent. Meanwhile, another population has declined, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report: chronically homeless people in Denver. Writing of John Hickenlooper's visit to the United Way of Larimer County's annual State of the Community luncheon, the paper reports that after five years of concerted effort under the leadership of the Denver mayor and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, Denver has seen a 60 percent decrease in chronic homelessness.

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