The Changing Face of Colorado
Colorado is becoming an increasingly multiracial state. Between 2000 and 2015, people of color increased from one-quarter of the state’s population to nearly one-third. By 2040, an estimated 45 percent of the state’s population will be people of color.
Since 2000, people of color represent over half of Colorado’s population growth, driven primarily by growth in the Latino population. These population shifts are happening across the state—in many urban, suburban and rural areas, people of color are becoming a larger share of the overall population. People of color comprise about 26 percent of the population in rural communities and 31 percent in urban areas.
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As people of color comprise a larger share of the labor force, their social and economic progress will determine the success and growth of the state’s economy. Persistent racial gaps in income, employment, opportunity, and ultimately health threaten the prosperity of these individuals, their families, and the state as a whole.
Fig. 1. Colorado is growing increasingly multiracial
Projected State Population by Race and Ethnicity, 2000-2040
Source: Colorado State Demographer’s Office