Colorado is one of several states in the Mountain West that in recent years has become an increasingly popular destination for immigrants. Colorado is home to some of the nation’s fastest growing cities. From 2013 to 2014, Greeley and Fort Collins ranked among the top 20 fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. Foreign-born residents moving to the state have been a critical driver of that population growth. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of immigrants in Colorado grew by almost 9 percent—a rate exceeding the increase in the number of immigrants living in the country as a whole during that period. By 2014, more than half a million immigrants were living in the state, a group that made up one out of every 10 Colorado residents. Such new Americans serve as everything from technology entrepreneurs to farm laborers, making them critical contributors to Colorado’s economic success overall.
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