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The population of Colorado went from 4,328,070 to 5,187,582 from 2000 to 2012 for a total growth of 859,512. The population of the United States for that same time period went from 282,171,957 to 313,914,040 for a total population growth of 31,742,083. Colorado had a total percentage growth for those 12 years of 19.9 percent which was faster than the overall United States total percentage growth which was 11.2 over those same years. The trends of growth for both the United States and Colorado can be seen on the graph below. The graph which is logarithmic indicates that although the growth was faster for Colorado than the United States the trends were similar.
Population of Colorado and the United States Annually from 2000 to 2012
Territory 7/1/2012 7/1/2011 7/1/2010 7/1/2009 7/1/2008 7/1/2007 7/1/2006 7/1/2005 7/1/2004 7/1/2003 7/1/2002 7/1/2001 7/1/2000
United States 313,914,040 311,591,917 309,330,219 307,006,550 304,374,846 301,579,895 298,593,212 295,753,151 293,045,739 290,326,418 287,803,914 285,081,556 282,171,957
Colorado 5,187,582 5,116,796 5,047,692 5,024,748 4,935,213 4,842,259 4,753,044 4,660,780 4,599,681 4,548,775 4,504,265 4,433,068 4,328,070

Annual Estimates and data of the Resident Population for the United States and States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (NST-EST2009-01)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: December 2009
Annual Estimates of the Population for the United States and States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 (NST-EST2011-01)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: December 2011

Graph of population growth trends of Colorado.

The race percentages for Colorado are shown with the table and charts below that indicate there have been changes from 2000 to 2012. The percentage of the population of white only has decreased from 74.7 to 69.3. The percent of the black only population has increased from 3.7 to 4.5. The percent of population of hispanic / mixed has increased from 17.2% to 21.2% and other/mixed races have increased from 4.4% to 5.0%.

Population by Race for Colorado
Race
July 1, 2000
% of Total
July 1, 2012
% of Total
White Only
3,230,049
74.7
3,705,052
69.3
Black Only
161,497
3.7
239,397
4.5
Hispanic* / Mixed
745,292
17.2
1,131,582
21.2
Other / Mixed Non-Hispanic
190,083
4.4
269,005
5.0
Total Races with Hispanic*
4,326,921**
100.00
5,345,036**
100.0

*Hispanics are technically not considered a race but rather an ethnicity.
**Note the slight difference of the population used in race chart from population chart above. Totals were taken from U.S. Census bureau which contained differences between it's total population table for the states and population totals for the state with the breakdown of the races.

 

 

Population Density Map of Colorado by Square Mile

Darker orange color indicates areas of higher population density. Map is delineated by county.
Counties with major cities in general contain segments of higher population.

Population density map for Colorado.

References:

Population Estimates, 2013, United States Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/popest/data/historical/2010s/index.html

List of U.S. states and territories by population, 2013, Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population

U.S. Population Density, ArcGis, http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=302d4e6025ef41fa8d3525b7fc31963a

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