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COMMUNITY TYPE

Boom Towns

Characteristics
  • Fast-growing, changing and diversifying
  • Once-thriving economies that are now falling on hard times
  • Home to relatively affluent communities
  • Experiencing growth of minority populations

Community Type Demographics

Ethnicity

Presidential Election Results

2004
  • 41%
  • Kerry in 2004
  • Kerry
  • 58%
  • Bush in 2004
  • Bush
2008
  • 47%
  • Obama in 2008
  • Obama
  • 52%
  • McCain in 2008
  • McCain

Representative Communities

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Community Type Comparison

Population Growth

1996-2006
  • 20%
  • Boom Towns
  • Boom Towns
  • 11%
  • All Counties
  • All Counties
Around the Nation

In One Boom Town, 'Simple Supper' Offers Community Relief

As the recession has dragged on in Eagle, Colo., a church dinner has provided relief to dozens of local residents hard hit by the economy's slide.

Economic Bust Strikes Colorado 'Boom Town'

As part of the Patchwork Nation series, Ray Suarez travels to Eagle, Colo., where the real estate boom of earlier this decade has culminated in an especially painful bust.

How the recession ‘looks’ in one Boom Town

This economic downturn looks different depending on where you are.

We’ll focus on the different ways places are hurting Wednesday in our Hardship Index. Here, we’re talking about how the recession actually “looks.”

In Eagle, Colo., a “Boom Town” that saw its population double in the last decade ...

First Microbreweries, Now Micro-Canneries Flourish in Washington

You’ve heard of microbreweries. How about "micro-canneries?" They specialize in locally-caught, hand-packed albacore and salmon. A growing number of commercial fishing families in the northwest are choosing to can their catch themselves.

Obama engages on healthcare with high approval, policy doubts

Less than eight months into Barack Obama’s presidency, it is far too soon to contemplate his chances at reelection. But at this early date, there seems to be one noticeable trait: dissonance between voters’ feelings about the president and feelings about his policies – or at least his party.

We ...

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