Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Albuquerque and Las Cruces, while others want peace and quiet like in Tucumcari and Taos, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in New Mexico have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Land of Enchantment that have people climbing over each other to get in:
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in New Mexico are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Land of Enchantment
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 32 New Mexico cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Land of Enchantment.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Rio Rancho
Population: 90,627 Population 2010: 81,056
Growth Rate: 11.81%
Absolute Growth: 9,571
2. Los Lunas
Population: 15,203 Population 2010: 13,874
Growth Rate: 9.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,329
Population: 39,204 Population 2010: 36,217
Growth Rate: 8.25%
Absolute Growth: 2,987
4. Las Cruces
Population: 100,360 Population 2010: 92,897
Growth Rate: 8.03%
Absolute Growth: 7,463
Population: 35,343 Population 2010: 32,940
Growth Rate: 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,403
6. Sunland Park
Population: 14,794 Population 2010: 13,832
Growth Rate: 6.95%
Absolute Growth: 962
Population: 11,364 Population 2010: 10,644
Growth Rate: 6.76%
Absolute Growth: 720
Population: 22,189 Population 2010: 21,077
Growth Rate: 5.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,112
Population: 26,996 Population 2010: 25,698
Growth Rate: 5.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,298
Population: 31,224 Population 2010: 29,753
Growth Rate: 4.94%
Absolute Growth: 1,471
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Mexico are led by Rio Rancho which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more New Mexico reading , check out:
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