Jun 7, 2010 9:28 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

West Slope growth rate slows

State officials say population growth fueled by the western Colorado energy boom is slowing down in Grand Junction and surrounding Mesa County.

But the state Demographer's Office says the area's population isn't expected to shrink. Elizabeth Garner, the state demographer, says Mesa County's growth rate may not pick up for another decade. She says the county could grow by about 3,000 people this year, compared with 4,000 last year.

Grand Junction could grow by about 1,000, down from about 1,500 last year. Garner's office says Grand Junction had about 55,000 people and Mesa County about 144,000 in 2008, the most recent estimates available.


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