On any given day while driving throughout the state of Colorado, you are surely going to see a green and white bumper sticker replicating the Colorado license plate with the word "native". I am pretty sure on my commute this morning I saw at least three.

Photo by mana5280 on Unsplash
Photo by mana5280 on Unsplash

Coloradan's love the state. Turns out so do other people. It's nearly unheard of to drive anywhere and not see a license plate from Texas or California. You could be making a quick trip to King Soopers or heading to a concert at Ball Arena in Denver. You are going to see plates from Texas and California.

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The word "transplant" and the phrase "out of staters" get thrown around a lot in conversations in Colorado. With the seemingly negative connotation behind the words and phrases, you might be surprised to know that Colorado natives are actually in the minority when it comes to residency in our state.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the State of Residence By Place of Birth Table report from 2019 show that only 42.4 percent of residents in the state of Colorado were born in the state. The total population of Colorado in 2019 according to the report was 5,758,736. Residents living in Colorado that were born in the state were at an estimated 2.4 million.


Instagram user, Land_Geist, created a map showing the born in-state residence for the nation.

The map shows the highest concentration of residents that stay in the states they were born in are highly concentrated to the upper midwest and the deep south. Apparently, those that were born in Nevada, Florida, and Washington D.C. couldn't wait to get out of their home state as these three locations have the lowest concentration of residents that are still living in the state they were born in.

The next time you see a Colorado native bumper sticker, you might feel a little different knowing that Colorado-born residents make up less than half of the population of the state.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau - Land-Geist Instagram

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