Colorado natives now slightly less outnumbered by transplants

New data shows who is living in and leaving the state of Colorado.
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Where Colorado residents were born.

Looking west from the top floor of the newly-completed Country Club Towers, Aug. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado natives got a baby boost last year with the total number of people born and living in the state jumping to 2.37 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The nearly 2 percent increase — or 43,987 additional Colorado natives — was not anywhere close to enough to overtake the Centennial State's transplant majority. Only 42.8 percent of 5.5 million Coloradans were born within the state in 2016, according to the federal government estimates released this fall.

Overall, Colorado added 83,971 people from 2015 to 2016, good enough for a 1.5 percent increase, the data show.

Where Colorado residents were born

The 2016 data still shows people born in another country make up the largest share (11 percent) of non-natives residing in the Centennial State. That’s followed by the 6 percent — 332,309 people — from California and 3.2 percent — 176,962 people — from Texas. The Lone Star State held onto its No. 3 spot even with the percent of Texans dropping about 3 percent or by 5,754 people.

Nevada (17.5 percent) and Connecticut (17.1 percent) are both seeing the largest decreases in people living in Colorado. Nearly, 3,480 people from The Silver State left Colorado from 2015 to 2016 and 4,269 people from Connecticut moved out.

Where Colorado natives live

Delaware and Mississippi were the states to see the largest percentage jump of Colorado-born residents within their borders.

The First State saw a 69.4 percent jump, or 746 Colorado natives, moving to the state last year. The Magnolia State saw 2,191 more Colorado-born residents or a 48.2 percent jump.

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