Survey Finds Majority of Coloradans are Unhappy with the State’s Rapid Population Growth

Brent Thomas | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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Since 1980, the population of Colorado has more than doubled. During this time more than 1,250 square miles of open space, natural habitat, and agricultural land has been turned into shopping malls, streets, housing, and other urban development. It has also strained wildlife and infrastructure as cities, roads, and highways are becoming more crowded. The same is true for parks, neighborhoods, and schools. If the growth continues, it is estimated that Colorado will add another 1.8 million residents by 2050.

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Colorado population and projected growth. Credit:

Rasmussen Reports surveyed over 1,000 “likely to vote” Coloradans to gauge their feelings on the matter. Overwhelmingly, the answers showed they want to limit population growth. In recent years 92% feel that the state has become more crowded. 90% desire a future where far fewer people move to the state. 59% prefer a complete stop to population growth or even a decline in the population.

Other highlights of the survey include:

  • 61% of citizens said Colorado has developed too much
  • 76% said that it would be more negative if trends continue and the cities of Colorado Springs, Denver, and Fort Collins joined together in a “megacity”
  • 81% expect traffic to become worse if the growth trend continues
  • 76% feel the limited water in rivers and streams should be used to support wildlife rather than residents
  • 63% believe that development should be restricted to make it more difficult for people to move to Colorado

It is impossible to say if the projected population growth will be positive or negative for the state. It is also uncertain if anything will be done to prevent rapid growth. The current residents would like it to stop. Preservation of the mountains, rivers, forests, and canyons should be a priority, but what are the tradeoffs?

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A potential downfall of population growth is longer lift lines. Credit:

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7 thoughts on “Survey Finds Majority of Coloradans are Unhappy with the State’s Rapid Population Growth

  1. 80% plus of population growth in the U.S. comes from immigration and births to recent immigrants. Having a sustainable(lower) level of immigration is the place to start.

  2. Send them back to CA before their export their failed ideas and destroy your state as well. Oh wait that’s already happening.

    Thanks California.

  3. Ya think? It’s all anybody talks about. Legal weed brought in the million kooks, everywhere you go is mass of idiotic gapers. So now Colorado Sucks, tell your friends!

  4. 2×2=4. 4X4=16. 16X16=256. It’s called exponential population growth. There’s nothing you can do about it. Unless you want to have restrictions on how many kids people can have.

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