Tide turns in moving trend
It wasn’t much of a swing, to just past 50.9 percent of folks moving out vs. 49.1 moving into the state. Just enough to signal the end of better than a decade of soaring growth in Colorado, which was enough for Eagle County to rank 10th among counties nationwide in swiftest population growth in the 1990s, according to the Census Bureau.
Garden spots such as New Jersey, Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, even New York, had far higher percentages of people moving out, as might be expected. Where are they going? For the most part, to the Carolinas, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. And Washington, D.C. That last one must be that growth in government, no matter whether the Democrats or Republicans are in power. The nation’s capital and the nation’s capital of sin both have been big “in-bound” states ever since United Van Lines began doing its survey 26 years ago. Which is which, we’ll leave to you. It’s hard to tell sometimes.
The closest balance of people moving out vs. people moving in happened in Vermont, which had 50.2 percent of movers coming in and 49.8 percent leaving. Colorado was on par with Kentucky and Mississippi for balance. At least a snow state held steady in the teeth of the grand migration to the South that began just after the air conditioner was perfected. Even Louisiana has more people moving in than out.
United says migration patterns generally reflect what’s happening with the economy. In Colorado’s case, the boom ended, but not with great bleeding. Probably a mere pause, one the Vail Valley may hardly notice before this decade is done, given the building and building plans afoot in the upvalley.
Gary Severson, executive director of a regional organization rivaling the military for longest acronym – NWCCOG – notes in his newsletter column that all six incumbent county commissioners in the group’s sphere were re-elected to office.
In addition to our own Commissioner Tom Stone, the other winning incumbents were Mike Ireland and Patti Clapper in Pitkin County, Tootie Crowner in Jackson County, Duane Daily in Grand County and Gary Lindstrom in Summit County.
Good thing, from the perspective of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments hanging on to leaders of the body. Stone, for one, is a member of the executive committee. Several others of the those re-elected serve as group officers. Collectively, their experience will make this body stronger on behalf of this part of the state in the months ahead.