The below post is mainly from material from this article in the New York Times.
“New Colorado? Rural Voters Approve Secession Idea
The nation’s newest state, if rural Colorado residents had their way, would be about the size of Vermont but with the population of a small town spread across miles of farmland. There wouldn’t be civil unions for gay couples, new renewable energy standards, or limits on ammunition magazines.”
First, “conservative prairie towns with the more populous and liberal urban Front Range, which has helped solidify the Democrats’ power.” Interesting to note but not ground breaking.
Second, the Secession area is “five counties share borders, covering about 9,500 square miles and have a combined population of about 29,200.” Seriously, just 29,000 people is like a city population between Wheat Ridge and Fountain CO or even less than half of Burlington, VT. Small town.
Third, “More than 80 percent of Colorado’s 5 million residents live on the Front Range. The counties that voted to secede currently only have two state representatives and one state senator.”
If the Colorado Hyperloop is made along the front range I can imagine it would carry around 29,000 people in less than half a week. For example, RTD carries from January-December 2012 has a average weekday boarding of 328,109 and an annual boarding of 99,142,849. http://www.rtd-denver.com/factsAndFigures.shtml. These new commuters will change change how rural Colorado comes more into the fold.