Adams charts top population growth

Breaking down recent 2020 Census data

Liam Adams
ladams@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/23/21

Adams County and its municipalities were among the highest growing areas in Colorado, new 2020 Census data shows. Adams County added 77,969 new people between 2010 and 2020, a nearly 18% increase. It …

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Adams charts top population growth

Breaking down recent 2020 Census data

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Adams County and its municipalities were among the highest growing areas in Colorado, new 2020 Census data shows.

Adams County added 77,969 new people between 2010 and 2020, a nearly 18% increase. It ranked the fourth highest in Colorado for counties with the greatest numeric population growth. Weld County was fifth on the list because of its 72,513 new people, a 30% increase, according to 2020 Census data organized by the Redistricting Data Hub.

Adams County’s total growth is related to the population increases in its municipalities. There are 23,095 more people in Thornton, 16,505 in Commerce City, 10,203 in Westminster, 6,731 in Brighton, and 2,342 in Northglenn since 2010. Fort Lupton added 578 new people.

Thornton was sixth, Commerce City was ninth, and Westminster was 17th for the top 20 municipalities in Colorado with the greatest numeric population growth, the Redistricting Data Hub reported.

The U.S. Census Bureau released the first detailed population counts from the 2020 Census on Aug. 12. The data the Redistricting Data Hub provided has not been validated against Colorado’s redistricting body, the organization said. The recent data release includes population, demographic, and age information for counties and cities.

Forty-one percent of people in Adams County identify as Hispanic or Latino and 46% identify as White alone. According to the Washington Post, Adams County is one of 65 counties in the U.S. that became majority-minority in the past decade.

Twenty-nine percent of people in Weld County identify as Hispanic or Latino and 62% identify as White alone.

Thirty-six percent of people in Thornton, 23% in Westminster, 37% in Northglenn, 43% in Brighton, 49% in Commerce City, and 55% in Fort Lupton identify as Hispanic or Latino. The population of people who identify as White alone in each city is 51% in Thornton, 64% in Westminster, 52% in Northglenn, 49% in Brighton, 40% in Commerce City, and 40% in Fort Lupton.

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