Census Bureau: Elbert County grew by 12.9% over decade

The county has gained nearly 3,000 people since 2010

Mark Harden
mharden@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/12/21

The population of Elbert County grew by 12.9% between 2010 and 2020, making it the 10th-fastest-growing county in Colorado. That's according to redistricting data released Aug. 12 by the U.S. Census …

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Census Bureau: Elbert County grew by 12.9% over decade

The county has gained nearly 3,000 people since 2010

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The population of Elbert County grew by 12.9% between 2010 and 2020, making it the 10th-fastest-growing county in Colorado.

That's according to redistricting data released Aug. 12 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Elbert County's population rose to 26,062 last year, up from 23,086 a decade earlier, adding 2,976 residents, the Census Bureau said.

The county's 10-year growth rate was lower than the 14.8% growth rate of Colorado as a whole.

The new census data also showed that Elbert County in 2020 had a housing unit vacancy rate of 4.4%, among the lowest in the state. Only Jefferson, Adams and Douglas counties had a lower vacancy reat, tied with 4.3%. The statewide rate was 9.4%.

Statewide, the fastest-growing county between 2010 and 2020 was Broomfield, with a 32.6% growth rate, the new numbers show. Broomfield ranked No. 30 among the nation's fastest growing counties.

That was followed by Weld County (30.1%), Douglas County (25.4%), lightly-populated Mineral County (21.5%), Larimer County (19.8%), Denver County (19.2%), Adams County (17.7%), El Paso County (17.4%), Arapahoe County (14.5%) and Elbert County (12.9%).

Meanwhile, 15 of Colorado's 64 counties lost population over the 10-year period, led by Kit Carson County, with a loss rate of 14.3%.

The Census Bureau released the first local-level results from its 2020 census to give Colorado and other states the data they need to redraw the boundaries of congressional and legislative election districts. In Colorado, that process is under way by twin newly-established independent commissions.

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