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Demographic Overview of the Region


The NWCCOG Region has a population of 117,620.  It has grown by almost 12,000 people,or 11%, in the last 10 years.  The region is expected to grown by almost 30,000 people, or 25% in the next 10 years. 

County

2016

Forecast: 2026

10-year Trend: % chg

Eagle County 53,605 66,957 +24%
Grand County 14,615 19,126 +26%
Jackson County 1,356 1,546 +9%
Pitkin County 17,787 21,899 +22%
Summit County 28,000 38,868 +29%
Total Region 117,620 148,396 +25%

Key Popoulation Groups

source for data below: State of Colorado Demography Office

Millenials (18-34)

This demographic group is vital to a region's economy, and our region is a magnet for them. The question is how do we keep them here as they get married and start familes. More...
 

Millenial Pop: 18-34 year olds

2016

2021

2026

Eagle County 5,309 6,035 6,920
Grand County 989 1,210 1,374
Jackson County 102 115 121
Pitkin County 1,168 1,404 1,579
Summit County 2,657 3,217 3,878
Total Region 10,226 11,981 13,871

Young Adults (25-44)

sThe region's young adult population (25-44 year olds), which are characterized by youth, enthusiasm, idealism, at the peak of their abilities. 

Young Adult Pop: 25-44 year olds

2016

2021

2016

Eagle County 16,530 17,749 21,452
Grand County 3,753 4,229 4,870
Jackson County 298 365 401
Pitkin County 5,024 5,610 6,664
Summit County 9,622 9,929 10,567
Total Region 35,227 37,882 43,624

Baby Boomers (52-70 years old)


This burgeoning population means an increasingly lucrative market for products and services focused on the elderly. By the time they're done, some 78 million baby boomers will have survived millions of hip replacements and heart transplants, swallowed trillions of Advil and Viagra, and consumed billions of boxes of bran and packages of prunes. Despite the faltering economy of the last five years, American seniors are richer than ever, in large part because more older people, especially older women, are working than in previous decades. According to a 2012 report from the Federal Agency Forum, the number of senior citizens living in poverty has declined from 15 percent to 9 percent since the mid-1970s, while the proportion of older Americans enjoying a “high income” increased from 18 to 31 percent. So even while the burgeoning number of retirees will strain government resources, they will provide enormous money-making opportunities for public companies. These people will travel. They will move to warmer and friendlier climates. Many will manage their IRAs and 401(k)s through financial institutions. They will buy long-term care insurance, pay rent to senior citizen facilities, and drop an average of $8,000 per funeral.


Baby Boomers: 52-70 year olds

2016

2021

2026

Eagle County 11,783 12,818 13,602
Grand County 4,737 4,735 4,654
Jackson County 431 408 355
Pitkin County 5,100 5,006 5,038
Summit County 7,333 7,905 8,731
Total Region 29,384 30,872 32,380

Older Adults (70+)


Over the next 10 years, the number of older adults (70 and over) will increase 100% in the region, which means it will double.  This demographic growth pattern marks a dramatic shift from the prior 20 years, which was heavily weighted toward younger population groups. These two groups have different consumption preferences, driven by differences in household size and presence of children in the home. They also have more healthcare and other service needs. It is estimated that .25 jobs are created by spending of someone 65+.


Older Adults: Age 70+

2016

2021

2026

Eagle County 2,870 4,712 6,884
Grand County 1,416 2,187 3,036
Jackson County 201 215 243
Pitkin County 1,715 2,233 2,642
Summit County 2,088 3,120 4,139
Total Region 8,290 12,467 16,944
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Source for data on this page:
State of Colorado Demography Oiffce