Colorado is becoming a state with an increasingly diverse population. Demographers believe that trend will continue.

KUSA- There are some things in Colorado that are timeless, changing ever so slowly: the slope of the mountains and the openness of the Eastern Plains.

Then, there are the changes that seem to race forward.

“We are a state of restarts,” said Elizabeth Garner, Colorado’s state demographer.

She tracks and forecasts the state’s population– and change is constant.

“We are changing,” she said. “We’ve always been changing.”

That is apparent than in numbers provided by the Census Bureau.

Back in 1960, Colorado’s population stood at little more than 1.7 million people. Today, there are just over 5 million.

Looking ahead to the year 2060, though, the Census estimates Colorado will have 7.2 million people, an additional two million people in less than 50 years. The growing population brings with it a host of issues and challenges.

“We have to be thinking about housing choices, services, transportation, changes in our labor force, labor relations,” Garner said.

It’s also a population that is expected to become more diverse.

In 1960, the Census documented most of Colorado’s population as white: 97 percent.

Hispanics were not counted as a separate category until ten years later. Even then, they only accounted for 10 percent of the population.

Fast forward to the most recent numbers, where Hispanics are now 20-percent of the population and there’s been an increase in other minority groups. The percentage of African Americans making up Colorado’s population doubled from 2-percent in 1960 to 4-percent now.

However, by 2060 the number of Hispanics will make up a third of the state’s population: 33 percent.

What’s behind that trend? Migration coming from both within the U.S. and abroad, along with the coming of age of a more diverse, younger generation.

“You would see that we are very diverse under …read more