Colorado’s poverty rate dropped slightly last year and median income rose, according to annual poverty figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau.
The United States’ population is still getting older, but that’s changing in the Great Plains because of the attraction of working in the booming oil and gas industries.
The Census Bureau says Colorado saw about 31,000 newcomers last year. That’s the fifth highest rate in the nation for people moving into a state.
Colorado’s growing Hispanic population might influence how new state legislative districts are drawn this year, but whether that leads to districts dominated by Latinos is an open question.
Hispanics of any race now account for one-fifth of the state’s population, and El Paso County has surpassed Denver as Colorado’s most populous county, the Census Bureau said Wednesday.