Las Animas County vs. Colorado
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2017
Introduction
Las Animas County:
2017 Population = 14,238
2017 Percent of State = 0.3%
Colorado:
2017 Population = 5,607,154
2017 Percent of State = 1.7%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Las Animas County with comparisons to Colorado and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Las Animas County vs. Colorado's population growth over 1969-2017. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1969-2017
Population, 1969-2017
Figure 1.
Figure 1 traces Las Animas County's annual population for the period 1969-2017 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 49-year period, Las Animas County's population dropped from 15,667 in 1969 to 14,238 in 2017, for a net loss of -1,429, or -9.1%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population, 1969-2017
Population, 1969-2017
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks Colorado's annual population for the period 1969-2017 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 49-year period, Colorado's population rose from 2,166,000 in 1969 to 5,607,154 in 2017, for a net gain of 3,441,154, or 158.9%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2017
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2017
Figure 3.
Figure 3 shows Las Animas County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Colorado, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Las Animas County's overall population growth was -9.1% over 1969-2017 trailed Colorado's increase of 158.9%, and fell below the United States' increase of 61.8%.
Population as a Percent of the Colorado Total: 1969-2017
Population as a Percent of the Colorado Total: 1969-2017
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of comparing the population growth of Las Animas County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to Colorado's statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than Colorado's population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Las Animas County's population totaled 0.72% of Colorado's population, while in 2017 it totaled 0.25% thereby yielding a -0.47% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2017 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2017
vs.
1969
-0.47%
=
0.25%
-
0.72%
 
   
Las Animas County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2017
Las Animas County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2017
Figure 5.
Figure 5 displays the short-run pattern of Las Animas County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2017. The average annual percent change for the entire 48-year period is also traced on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Las Animas County's population contracted at an annual rate of -0.19% over 1970-2017. The county posted its highest growth in 1994 (2.38%) and recorded its lowest growth in 2013 (-3.95%). In 2017, Las Animas County's population grew by 1.07%
Las Animas County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2017
Las Animas County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2017
Figure 6.
Over the past four decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again illustrates the annual percent change in Las Animas County's population since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2017.
During the 1970s, Las Animas County's annual population growth rate averaged -0.68%. It averaged -0.51% during the 1980s, 0.77% during the 1990s, 0.54% during the 2000s, and -1.26% thus far this decade (2010 to 2017).
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Las Animas County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Colorado and the nation. As the chart reveals, Las Animas County's average annual population growth trailed Colorado's average throughout the 1970s (-0.68% vs. 2.78%), recorded under Colorado's average throughout the 1980s (-0.51% vs. 1.41%), trailed Colorado's average during the 1990s (0.77% vs. 2.58%), trailed Colorado's average in the 2000s (0.54% vs. 1.64%), and lagged Colorado's average over the 8 year period of the last decade, 2010-2017 (-1.26% vs. 1.51%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Las Animas County fell under the nation during the 1970s (-0.68% vs. 1.10%), recorded underneath the nation during the 1980s (-0.51% vs. 0.95%), fell under the nation over the 1990s (0.77% vs. 1.23%), posted below the nation throughout the 2000s (0.54% vs. 0.95%), and lagged the nation over 2010-2017 (-1.26% vs. 0.75%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
-0.19
-0.68
-0.51
0.77
0.54
-1.26
1.07
 
2.01
2.78
1.41
2.58
1.64
1.51
1.39
 
1.01
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.75
0.72
 
   

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Las Animas County:
Population, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
15,667
100.0
N
0.72
1970
 
15,821
101.0
0.98
0.71
1971
 
16,174
103.2
2.23
0.70
1972
 
16,158
103.1
-0.10
0.67
1973
 
15,760
100.6
-2.46
0.63
1974
 
15,698
100.2
-0.39
0.62
1975
 
15,771
100.7
0.47
0.61
1976
 
15,711
100.3
-0.38
0.60
1977
 
15,446
98.6
-1.69
0.57
1978
 
14,903
95.1
-3.52
0.54
1979
 
14,610
93.3
-1.97
0.51
1980
 
14,927
95.3
2.17
0.51
1981
 
15,011
95.8
0.56
0.50
1982
 
15,146
96.7
0.90
0.49
1983
 
15,075
96.2
-0.47
0.48
1984
 
14,742
94.1
-2.21
0.47
1985
 
14,416
92.0
-2.21
0.45
1986
 
14,217
90.7
-1.38
0.44
1987
 
14,019
89.5
-1.39
0.43
1988
 
13,773
87.9
-1.75
0.42
1989
 
13,867
88.5
0.68
0.42
1990
 
13,757
87.8
-0.79
0.42
1991
 
13,567
86.6
-1.38
0.40
1992
 
13,698
87.4
0.97
0.39
1993
 
13,740
87.7
0.31
0.38
1994
 
14,067
89.8
2.38
0.38
1995
 
14,381
91.8
2.23
0.38
1996
 
14,558
92.9
1.23
0.37
1997
 
14,621
93.3
0.43
0.36
1998
 
14,765
94.2
0.98
0.36
1999
 
14,960
95.5
1.32
0.35
2000
 
15,297
97.6
2.25
0.35
2001
 
15,116
96.5
-1.18
0.34
2002
 
15,424
98.4
2.04
0.34
2003
 
15,706
100.2
1.83
0.35
2004
 
15,573
99.4
-0.85
0.34
2005
 
15,582
99.5
0.06
0.34
2006
 
15,673
100.0
0.58
0.33
2007
 
15,734
100.4
0.39
0.33
2008
 
15,770
100.7
0.23
0.32
2009
 
15,775
100.7
0.03
0.32
2010
 
15,411
98.4
-2.31
0.31
2011
 
15,033
96.0
-2.45
0.29
2012
 
14,971
95.6
-0.41
0.29
2013
 
14,379
91.8
-3.95
0.27
2014
 
14,031
89.6
-2.42
0.26
2015
 
14,021
89.5
-0.07
0.26
2016
 
14,087
89.9
0.47
0.25
2017
 
14,238
90.9
1.07
0.25
Source: Calculations by the Colorado Regional Economic Analysis Project (CO-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
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Colorado:
Population, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
2,166,000
100.0
N
1.08
1970
 
2,223,979
102.7
2.68
1.09
1971
 
2,303,502
106.3
3.58
1.11
1972
 
2,404,576
111.0
4.39
1.15
1973
 
2,495,803
115.2
3.79
1.18
1974
 
2,541,318
117.3
1.82
1.19
1975
 
2,586,144
119.4
1.76
1.20
1976
 
2,632,244
121.5
1.78
1.21
1977
 
2,696,007
124.5
2.42
1.23
1978
 
2,766,725
127.7
2.62
1.25
1979
 
2,849,181
131.5
2.98
1.27
1980
 
2,908,803
134.3
2.09
1.28
1981
 
2,977,899
137.5
2.38
1.30
1982
 
3,061,562
141.3
2.81
1.32
1983
 
3,133,634
144.7
2.35
1.34
1984
 
3,169,995
146.4
1.16
1.34
1985
 
3,208,726
148.1
1.22
1.35
1986
 
3,237,448
149.5
0.90
1.35
1987
 
3,260,477
150.5
0.71
1.35
1988
 
3,262,280
150.6
0.06
1.33
1989
 
3,275,815
151.2
0.41
1.33
1990
 
3,307,618
152.7
0.97
1.33
1991
 
3,387,119
156.4
2.40
1.34
1992
 
3,495,939
161.4
3.21
1.36
1993
 
3,613,734
166.8
3.37
1.39
1994
 
3,724,168
171.9
3.06
1.42
1995
 
3,826,653
176.7
2.75
1.44
1996
 
3,919,972
181.0
2.44
1.46
1997
 
4,018,293
185.5
2.51
1.47
1998
 
4,116,639
190.1
2.45
1.49
1999
 
4,226,018
195.1
2.66
1.51
2000
 
4,326,921
199.8
2.39
1.53
2001
 
4,425,687
204.3
2.28
1.55
2002
 
4,490,406
207.3
1.46
1.56
2003
 
4,528,732
209.1
0.85
1.56
2004
 
4,575,013
211.2
1.02
1.56
2005
 
4,631,888
213.8
1.24
1.57
2006
 
4,720,423
217.9
1.91
1.58
2007
 
4,803,868
221.8
1.77
1.59
2008
 
4,889,730
225.7
1.79
1.61
2009
 
4,972,195
229.6
1.69
1.62
2010
 
5,048,029
233.1
1.53
1.63
2011
 
5,116,411
236.2
1.35
1.64
2012
 
5,186,330
239.4
1.37
1.65
2013
 
5,262,556
243.0
1.47
1.66
2014
 
5,342,311
246.6
1.52
1.68
2015
 
5,440,445
251.2
1.84
1.69
2016
 
5,530,105
255.3
1.65
1.71
2017
 
5,607,154
258.9
1.39
1.72
Source: Calculations by the Colorado Regional Economic Analysis Project (CO-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
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United States:
Population, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,338,421
153.7
0.84
2011
 
311,644,280
154.8
0.75
2012
 
313,993,272
156.0
0.75
2013
 
316,234,505
157.1
0.71
2014
 
318,622,525
158.3
0.76
2015
 
321,039,839
159.5
0.76
2016
 
323,405,935
160.7
0.74
2017
 
325,719,178
161.8
0.72
Source: Calculations by the Colorado Regional Economic Analysis Project (CO-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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