Urban sprawl and population growth are top concerns for Colorado voters, new poll finds

ARLINGTON, Va., September 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — More than three quarters of Colorado voters think their state will become a worse place to live if its population continues to grow at its current rate, a new in-depth survey finds survey conducted by Rasmussen and commissioned by the NumbersUSA Education & Research Foundation.

“By crushing margins, Colorado voters fear that the urban sprawl caused by rapid population growth will strip away their beloved open spaces and diminish their quality of life,” explained Eric Ruark, research director at NumbersUSA. “Question after question, they support policies – from restricting new development to reducing foreign migration – that would dampen future growth.”

NumbersUSA commissioned the survey as part of a larger study of sprawl in the Centennial State, which has seen the 7th fastest country’s population growth rate. Colorado added 2.5 million people since 1982.

As a direct result of the new development needed to accommodate this population increase, the state lost 1,038 square miles of fields, forests and other open space – an area roughly three times the size of Denver, colorado springs, and Boulder combined. The study includes county-level analysis of population sprawl and growth, using data from the US Department of Agriculture.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • 95% of voters believe that the preservation from colorado the remaining open spaces are ‘very large’ or ‘fairly large’.
  • 89% believe that maintaining easy access to natural areas and open spaces is “very important” or “somewhat important”.
  • 81% fear traffic will get worse if Colorado grows by an additional 1.8 million people by 2050, as currently projected.
  • 63% favor restricting development to “make it harder for people to move to Colorado.”
  • 53% are in favor of reducing immigration, which represents a quarter of from colorado population growth.

This survey shows that Colorado voters largely disagree with the ‘growth at all costs’ agenda pushed by political and economic elites in both parties,” Ruark said. “And the divergence could have immense economic, demographic and political implications for from colorado coming.”

A link to the survey data can be found herewhile the Colorado the sprawl study itself is available here. Other sprawl studies commissioned by NumbersUSA are available at sprawlusa.com.

To request an interview with Eric Ruarkplease contact Emeline McClellan at 202-970-9742 or [email protected].

About NumbersUSA

The NumbersUSA Education & Research Foundation educates thought leaders, policy makers, and the public about immigration legislation, policies, and their implications. We support reductions in the number of immigrants to traditional levels that would allow current and future generations of Americans to enjoy a stabilized American population and a high degree of individual freedom, mobility, environmental quality, worker equity and fiscal responsibility.

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