Population growth over the last year in Weld County outpaced statewide growth and matched growth in Denver, according to 2013 data released on Monday by the U.S. Census.
The estimated 2013 population in Weld County was 269,785 — up 2.3 percent from 263,525 in 2012, according to Census numbers.
In the same time period, Colorado’s population grew by 1.5 percent, to about 5.27 million in 2013.
Larimer County’s population grew 1.7 percent, Adams County by 1.9 percent, and Denver County by 2.3 percent.
At the same time, Census officials found oil and gas rich areas near the Great Plains were some of the fastest-growing in the last year.
The 2012 Economic Census shows that oil and gas extraction, along with mining and quarrying, is one of the most rapidly growing parts of the nation’s economy in recent years.
From 2010-2013, Weld County’s population grew by 6.7 percent — one the state’s highest growth rates, behind Denver County at 8.2 percent.
Statewide, the population increased by 4.8 percent.
Population estimates for cities will not be released until later this year, Census officials said.