Three Colorado mountain towns rank in top five in U.S. for growth in senior population


Colorado’s mountains aren’t the only places showing more white on top. Residents of the resort towns below are graying at some of the fastest rates in the country.

Steamboat Springs, Edwards and Breckenridge ranked first, third and fourth, respectively, for the biggest gains in their senior populations this decade, while Glenwood Springs came in 13th, according to an analysis published in Newgeography.

“You have to recognize that not everybody wants to move to Florida. A lot of people enjoy those mountain communities,” said Wendell Cox, a principal with Demographia near St. Louis who did the analysis using U.S. Census Bureau numbers.

Cox looked at the change in the 65-plus population between 2010 and 2016 in 933 places across the country ranging from small communities to large metropolitan areas. Of the 15 locales with the biggest percentage gains in senior population, nine were in the Rocky Mountain region, including four in Colorado.

15 U.S. communities with largest increase in the 65-plus population between 2010 and 2016

1. Steamboat Springs, CO
2. The Villages, FL
3. Edwards, CO
4. Breckenridge, CO
5. Summit Park, UT
6. Myrtle Beach, SC
7. Heber, UT
8. Gillette, WY
9. Santa Fe, NM
10. Austin, TX
11. Jackson, WY
12. Hailey, ID
13. Glenwood Springs, CO
14. Bend, OR
15. Fairfield, IA
Source: Demographic research using U.S. Census Bureau numbers

Nationally, the nation’s senior population this decade rose 15.2 percent, a gain nearly five times faster than overall population growth. The entire country is getting older, but Colorado, with its heavy concentration of baby boomers, is aging faster than most.

Steamboat Springs, including surrounding Routt County, saw a nearly 80 percent surge in its senior population in the period studied, edging out The Villages, a community northwest of Orlando, Fla., built specifically for seniors.

“A lot of retired people move here who have lived in bigger cities,” said Meg Tully, executive director of the Routt County Council on …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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