Where do the majority of Colorado transplants come from?

November 4, 2019 Buying

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Released this week: 2018 data that reveals where residents of each state was born.

And the information about our fair state is fascinating even as it confirms plenty of suspicions about which American places are churning out the most transplants to Colorado.

The figures show that fewer than half of the folks currently living in Colorado have original roots. Of the total population, 5,695,564 (an increase of 88,410 from 2017), only 2,388,284 million started out here.

A far lower number, 635,176, hail from foreign countries (the assorted nations aren’t specified — and the total includes those “born at sea”). There are just shy of 15,000 from Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories. As such, the remainder came here from one of the other 49 states or Washington, D.C.

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Which ones? Westword broke them into seven brackets: fewer than 10,000, between 10,001 and 20,000, between 20,001 and 30,000, between 30,001 and 40,000, between 40,001 and 50,000, between 50,001 and 100,000, and more than 100,000. The ones in the last category are unlikely to surprise you…
Delaware (4,213)
Maine (9,320)
New Hampshire (7,413)
Rhode Island (4,737)
Vermont (5,787)
West Virginia (8,724)

As you can see, five of these six entries are New England states of modest size, which likely explains the comparatively small numbers. The exception is West Virginia, which is regularly listed among the handful of the country’s poorest states. We’re guessing that more West Virginians would get here if they possibly could.

BETWEEN 10,001 AND 20,000 TRANSPLANTS

Alabama (17,673)
Alaska (13,500)
Arkansas (16,907)
Hawaii (16,118)
Idaho (18,438)
Kentucky (16,959)
Mississippi (13,071)
Nevada (17,712)
South Carolina (12,707)
Washington, D.C. (14,064)

Like West Virginia, five of these nine states (plus Washington, D.C.) are from the South. But also grouped here are Alaska and Hawaii, plus two states in the western section of the continental U.S., Idaho and Nevada, that share some geographical similarities with Colorado, but aren’t as good. Obviously.

BETWEEN 20,001 AND 30,000 TRANSPLANTS

Connecticut (25,501)
Maryland (25,943)
Montana (23,647)
North Dakota (20,986)
Oregon (29,827)
Tennessee (25,362)

Even more folks are fleeing the South! Additional New Englanders are splitting! The West is best, but some parts of it are better!

BETWEEN 30,001 AND 40,000 TRANSPLANTS

Georgia (34,600)
Louisiana (33,600)
North Carolina (31,557)
South Dakota (32,739)

The exodus continues in more populous states around the country, plus South Dakota, which has less than one-third the residents (882,235) of the Denver metro area (2,932,415). As such, the 32,739 South Dakotans who now live in Colorado represent nearly 4 percent of their old state’s population. Sorry, Pierre and Sioux Falls.

BETWEEN 40,001 AND 50,000 TRANSPLANTS

Indiana (48,595)
Massachusetts (43,656)
Utah (44,759)
Virginia (40,644)
Washington (47,350)
Wyoming (40,645)

The most interesting entries here are Utah and Wyoming, a pair of neighboring states with smallish populations — yet more than 40,000 people from each wound up here.

BETWEEN 50,001 AND 100,000 TRANSPLANTS

Arizona (57,999)
Florida (65,910)
Iowa (78,211)
Michigan (93,910)
Minnesota (72,835)
Missouri (70,746)
Nebraska (88,400)
New Jersey (58,004)
New Mexico (79,706)
Ohio (88,122)
Oklahoma (57,575)
Pennsylvania (80,406)
Wisconsin (60,908)

The huge numbers of transplants from these thirteen states speak volumes about the wide appeal of Colorado. There are more neighboring states (Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma), where lotsa folks realize that the grass is greener on our side of the fence. Add in Arizonans and Floridians sick of their particular brand of heat and lots of ex-Midwesterners who’ve had more than enough of the humidity and the result is an even longer line to get into Colorado.

MORE THAN 100,000 TRANSPLANTS

California (365,982)
Kansas (101,329)
Illinois (155,086)
New York (135,248)
Texas (200,481)

More than 135,000 New Yorkers. Over 155,000 Illinois natives who reached their limit. A whopping 200K from Texas. And so many Californians that if they all lived in one place, it would instantly become the fourth largest city in the state. If that doesn’t put Colorado’s incredible growth into perspective, nothing will.

Thanks to Westword for compiling and reporting this information! Hop over there to keep reading!

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