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Weld County 2017 population swells with second-highest in state

Sharon Dunn
sdunn@greeleytribune.com

Weld County last year saw the second highest population growth in the state, according to the state demography office.

Population estimates from 2017 show Weld grew by 10,390 people last year to 304,633, according to a news release.

The numbers also put Weld at the top of the heap across the country as the 14th fastest growing county for county over 100,000 in population. The Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is all of Weld, was the third fastest growing MSA in the country at 3.5 percent.

Only El Paso County, anchored by Colorado Springs, grew more, with an extra 12,526 people.

Weld also had the largest net migration in the state — more people moving into the county than those leaving — at 7,622. Larimer County sat in the middle of the pack with a net migration of 4,138.

Colorado's overall population grew by 77,049 people, according to those estimates.

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According to the release, net migration represents 60 percent of Colorado's overall growth, while natural increases (births over deaths), accounted for 40 percent of the state's growth.

Six of the top 10 largest gaining counties were in Texas, the release stated. The remaining four counties on the list were in Arizona, Nevada, California and Washington, the release stated.