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Census data reflects consistent growth in Summit County

Robert Allen
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Population increased steadily across Colorado and much of Summit County from 2000 to 2007, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday.

The county’s year-round inhabitants are gradually increasing with the rise of retail and services, said demographer Richard Lin with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

“(They’re) starting to turn into normal communities along Interstate 70,” he said.

The county population estimate increased by 576 to 26,547 in 2007. This was the biggest leap over the data period, which started with 23,548 people in 2000.

Silverthorne, with 3,927, is the county’s largest community, followed by Breckenridge, with 3,366, according to the U.S. Census Bureau at http://www.census.gov.

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Lin said folks from the East Coast, who would ordinarily visit the county in summer or winter months, find that technology often allows them to work from Colorado. This also affects to Summit County’s increasing resident population.

The top-down procedure for gathering information ” identifying migration, births and deaths from the national to local levels ” helps ensure against part-time residents being counted in the local data.

Nationally, Houston’s 2.2 million population had the greatest numerical increase between 2006 and 2007, growing by about 39,000 people. New Orleans’ population ” in Hurricane Katrina’s wake ” managed to hit the nation’s highest rates of both loss and gain for a large city between 2000 and 2007. Between 2006 and 2007, it increased by 13.8 percent to about 239,000. Its population was about 484,000 in 2000.

Denver is the nation’s 26th largest city, with 588,349 residents. And New York remains number one with about 8.3 million people.

The U.S. population is about 304.5 million and the Earth has about 6.7 billion people.

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