The growth spurt outside the Front Range can be credited to Pueblo and Grand Junction finally shrugging off the effects of the Great Recession.
Single family home construction has lagged since the Great Recession in most states, including Colorado.
Meanwhile, Colorado's population grew by 11 percent from 2009 to 2016, to 5.55 million residents.
Colorado's median household income went up in 2016 while poverty and the number of people uninsured went down.
State demographer Elizabeth Garner still expects the state's population to rise at a slow to moderate clip in the coming years.
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Colorado state demographer Elizabeth Garner talks about poverty, second-home ownership, and immigrant birthrates. She talks with CPR's Jonathan Brown about December's report from the U.S.