DENVER (AP) — Colorado isn’t just gaining people. It’s gaining more people over age 65.

New census figures show Colorado’s overall population grew an average of 1.7 percent a year over the past decade, but state officials say the number of Coloradans from 55 to 64 years old grew by an annual average of around 6 percent in that time.

State demographer Elizabeth Garner says Colorado has around 619,000 people in that age group now.

She predicts that by 2030, there will be 1.35 million Coloradans ages 65 and up, which would be about 1 million more than in 1990.

While close to one in every eight Coloradans is 65 or older today, she projects that will start approaching one in five by 2040.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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