Economy: A history

Colorado’s start-and-stop economic history begins with a gold rush that peters out quickly along Cherry Creek, establishing a pattern littered with booms and busts that  continue into the 21st century. Mining and agriculture dominate the state’s economy for its first 100 years, while government, industry, transportation, tourism, education, the Internet and mankind’s reach into space mark its modern half-century of progress and population growth.

Historical Resident Population, 1860 to 2000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Produced by Negative Population Growth