What energy slump?
A struggling energy sector over the past couple of years has done nothing to slow the population growth in Weld County, which accounts for the lion’s share of the state’s energy production. The Greeley metropolitan statistical area — comprised of all of Weld County — ranked as the fourth-fastest-growing MSA in the country from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Greeley MSA grew by 9,879 people, or 3.5 percent, to a total population of 294,932.
Other counties in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado grew, but at a far slower pace.
The Boulder MSA — comprised of Boulder County — grew just 1.1 percent, adding 3,488 people for a total population of 322,226. Boulder ranked No. 109 in terms of growth rate among the nation’s 382 MSAs.
The Fort Collins MSA — comprised of Larimer County — grew by 1.8 percent, adding 6,125 people for a total population of 339,993. The Fort Collins MSA ranked No. 51 in terms of growth nationwide.
Broomfield County, which is part of the Denver-Aurora MSA — reached a population of 66,529, adding 1,644 people.
Overall, Colorado added 91,726 people, for a total population of 5,540,545.