Denver’s changing suburbs: The future is older and more racially and ethnically diverse

Denver’s suburbs will be home to a more ethnically diverse population and a lot more aging Baby Boomers by 2040, even as the metro area’s growth slows from the torrid pace it has kept since the 1990s.

“Age is an important factor,” State Demographer Elizabeth Garner said of older people, adding that Colorado as a whole saw the second-fastest growth rate of seniors in the nation last decade. “These folks aren’t leaving — they’re staying here.”

Despite metro Denver’s slower growth over the next 20 years, it is still expected to see another 1.1 million people settling down and calling it home during that time. And a lot of those new additions will be people of color, continuing a trend that is already underway.

Shifting demographics

This is the first story in an occasional series that will explore how Denver’s suburbs are changing.

Every metro county except Denver has become less white over the last 20 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with Adams County leading the way. Its white population dipped under 50% in 2019, while the Latino segment eclipsed 40%.

In the next 10 years, the demographer’s office pegs expects growth across metro Denver for Latinos at nearly 30% over the next 10 years, Asians at 36% and the Black population at 13%. Population growth among non-Hispanic whites? Just 4%.

“A larger share of our young adults are people of color, who are giving birth to a more diverse population,” Garner said, adding that the increases aren’t from “current migration but rather migration during the 1990s that was driven by our fast economic growth and demand for workers.”

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Kathryn Scott, Special to The Denver PostRocio Duran stands near her home in Commerce City on April 23, 2021. Duran recently moved to this new subdivision in the northern section of the city.“Here to thrive”

Rocio Duran is a 47-year-old immigrant from Bogota, Colombia, who runs her own executive coaching firm. Since moving to Colorado in 2012, Duran has been all over the western suburbs, calling Lakewood, Golden and Arvada home.

It was a “happy accident” — a need to be closer to Denver International Airport for her husband’s work-travel needs — that brought her family to a home in Commerce City last year.

Pointing out the window to the tidy houses lining her street, just beyond the roar of nearby E-470, Duran said one neighbor is an interracial family, one is from Venezuela, one is white and another is a gay couple.

“I really like the idea of living in a really diverse community,” she said. “I see these new neighborhoods as places to create more diverse and strong communities.”

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostLEFT: Barber DB Mendes cuts Diego Leo’s hair at Mountain Fades Barbershop in Commerce City on April 28, 2021. RIGHT: Milenee Esteves takes a selfie with her boyfriend Jesus Morales as they wait to be seated for dinner at El Jardin Mexican restaurant in Commerce City the same day.

Not only is Adams County the most diverse of Denver’s suburban counties, but Commerce …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Politics


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