|Census shows slight drop in Phillips Co. population|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Phillips County experienced a slight drop in population over the past 10 years, according to the official results of the 2010 Census which were released recently.
Census numbers released show a population of 4,442 in 2010, down 38 from 2000.
Despite a countywide drop, Holyoke’s population grew by 52 to 2,313. Holyoke was the only incorporated area of Phillips County to see an increase. Populations in Haxtun and Paoli both dropped slightly.
Haxtun’s population dropped 36 people to 946. Paoli fell eight to 34 residents.
Official census counts are taken only for incorporated communities. While Amherst is in Phillips County, it is not incorporated and does not have its own official census. The residents of Amherst, as well as all rural residents, are included in the Phillips County total count.
The overall population of Colorado grew by 16.9 percent from 2000. The current population of Colorado is 5,029,196 which is up 727,935 from 2000.
The median age in Colorado is 36.1 with an average household size of 2.49 people.
Among the state’s occupied housing units, 65.5 percent were owned, compared with 34.5 percent that were rented.
Overall, northeast Colorado experienced an increase in population. Census numbers show a population of 72,546, up from 69,669 in 2000.
Counties experiencing growth were Morgan, Logan and Yuma. Washington and Sedgwick joined Phillips with decreasing numbers.
Ethnic populations noted
Highlighting the ethnic populations throughout the state, figures from Census 2010 indicate Phillips County’s Hispanic population is at 830. In addition, 60 people in Phillips County are classified as two or more races.
Other ethnic populations in Phillips County include 35 American Indians, 32 Asians, 21 African Americans, 11 Native Hawaiians and 385 classified as some other race.
Holyoke Enterprise June 9, 2011