Friday, February 25, 2011

Commerce City 4th fastest growing city in state

Created by Commerce City... Census data shows population up 118 percent from 2000

COMMERCE CITY – According to data released earlier this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce City’s population increased from 20,991 residents in 2000 to 45,913 in 2010, making it the state’s fourth fastest-growing city amongst communities with at least 10,000 people. Based on current population, Commerce City now sits as the 19th largest municipality in Colorado, moving up seven places from 2000 census findings.

Of particular note, the number of people in Commerce City of Hispanic descent increased 94 percent from the 11,096 residents in 2000 to the 21,509 residents recorded by the 2010 census. Hispanics now comprise 47 percent of the city’s population.

“The census numbers give further credence to what we’ve believed anecdotally – that Commerce City is a vibrant, culturally diverse community,” said City Manager Jerry Flannery. “It’s encouraging to know that even with the economy slowing in the past couple of years, Commerce City has continued to develop,” Flannery added.

Census data is used in part to determine the state’s congressional district boundaries and determine where transportation funding goes and how the government allocates its services.

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