By Matt Kroschel

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado mountain towns are seeing a spike in senior population and nowhere in the state is that more visible than in Steamboat Springs.

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Newly released analysis published in Newgeography show a nearly 80 percent increase in that section of the population since the 2010 Census in Steamboat.

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At Casey’s Pond Senior Living Community, they have seen the growth first hand. Retirees moving to the mountain town for the natural beauty and outdoor activities.

“Just wonder why it’s taking people so long to discover us because it’s, it’s everything,” said Karen Street. “We have our hot springs. They have activities, exercise activities all the time. We have a community center where they have exercise classes.”

CBS4’s Matt Kroschel interviews Karen Street. (credit: CBS)

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The largest senior population percentage gains have been in areas considered prime retirement markets.

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That also includes Edwards, Breckenridge and Glenwood Springs.

Leaving Edwards, Breckenridge and Glenwood Springs, with rising senior populations also, according to the data.

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Since the 2010 Census, the share of U.S. population 65 years of age and older has risen 3.3 percent annually, according to the report.

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Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.