These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Mexico For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in New Mexico everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in New Mexico.

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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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New Mexico for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

If you happen to be a resident of Santa Fe, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more New Mexico state reading:

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Land Of Enchantment for 2019

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in New Mexico with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in New Mexico Graph For 2019

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Santa Fe, NM

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Population: 82,980
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 67,588
Percent Growth 22.8%
Absolute Growth: 15,392
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Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state and the seat of Santa Fe County.

Sunland Park, NM

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Population: 16,051
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 13,832
Percent Growth 16.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,219
More on Sunland Park: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Sunland Park is a city in southern Doa Ana County, New Mexico, United States, on the borders of Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, with Ciudad Jurez adjoining it on the south and El Paso, Texas on the east. The community of Santa Teresa adjoins it on the northwest. The population of Sunland Park was 14,106 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 15,400 by the United States Census Bureau in 2014. Though it lies adjacent to El Paso, being in Doa Ana County makes it a part of the Las Cruces metropolitan statistical area. Las Cruces is 42 miles to the north.

Rio Rancho, NM

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Population: 93,317
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 81,056
Percent Growth 15.1%
Absolute Growth: 12,261
More on Rio Rancho: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Rio Rancho is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. A small portion of the city extends into northern Bernalillo County. It is the third-largest and also one of the fastest expanding cities in New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, Rio Rancho had a population of 93,820.

Hobbs, NM

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Population: 37,427
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 32,940
Percent Growth 13.6%
Absolute Growth: 4,487
More on Hobbs: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hobbs is a city in Lea County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 34,122 at the 2010 Census, increasing from 28,657 at the 2000 census.

Bernalillo, NM

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Population: 8,991
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Population 2010: 8,073
Percent Growth 11.4%
Absolute Growth: 918
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Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 8,320. It is the county seat of Sandoval County.

Carlsbad, NM

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Population: 28,393
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 25,698
Percent Growth 10.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,695
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Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 26,138. Carlsbad is centered at the intersection of U.S. Routes 62/180 and 285, and is the principal city of the Carlsbad-Artesia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which has a total population of 55,435. Located in the southeastern part of New Mexico, Carlsbad straddles the Pecos River and sits at the eastern edge of the Guadalupe Mountains.

Los Lunas, NM

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Population: 15,258
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 13,874
Percent Growth 10.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,384
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Los Lunas is a village in Valencia County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the village population is 14,835 inside the village limits due to the new housing developments at El Cerro de Los Lunas. It is the county seat of Valencia County.

Las Cruces, NM

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Population: 101,014
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 92,897
Percent Growth 8.7%
Absolute Growth: 8,117
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Las Cruces, also known as “The City of the Crosses”, is the seat of Doa Ana County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 97,618, and in 2015 the estimated population was 101,643, making it the second largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Doa Ana County and southern New Mexico. The Las Cruces metropolitan area had an estimated population of 213,676 in 2014. It is the principal city of a metropolitan statistical area which encompasses all of Doa Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso-Las Cruces combined statistical area.

Lovington, NM

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Population: 11,558
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,644
Percent Growth 8.6%
Absolute Growth: 914
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Clovis, NM

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Population: 39,255
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 36,217
Percent Growth 8.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,038
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Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census, and a 2014 estimated population of 39,860. Clovis is located in the New Mexico portion of the Llano Estacado, in the eastern part of the state.

These Places Grew Up So Fast In New Mexico, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Mexico are led by Santa Fe which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Raton
  2. Truth Or Consequences
  3. Tucumcari

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Mexico For 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Santa Fe 22.8% 82,980 67,588
2 Sunland Park 16.0% 16,051 13,832
3 Rio Rancho 15.1% 93,317 81,056
4 Hobbs 13.6% 37,427 32,940
5 Bernalillo 11.4% 8,991 8,073
6 Carlsbad 10.5% 28,393 25,698
7 Los Lunas 10.0% 15,258 13,874
8 Las Cruces 8.7% 101,014 92,897
9 Lovington 8.6% 11,558 10,644
10 Clovis 8.4% 39,255 36,217

About Chris Kolmar

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