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 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Santa Fe (Photos)
- Rio Rancho (Photos)
- Sunland Park (Photos)
- Hobbs (Photos)
- Los Lunas (Photos)
- Carlsbad (Photos)
- Las Cruces (Photos)
- Clovis (Photos)
- Lovington (Photos)
- Bernalillo (Photos)
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.
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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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Santa Fe
Population: 82,927 Population 2010: 67,588
Growth Rate: 22.69%
Absolute Growth: 15,339
2. Rio Rancho
Population: 92,966 Population 2010: 81,056
Growth Rate: 14.69%
Absolute Growth: 11,910
3. Sunland Park
Population: 15,588 Population 2010: 13,832
Growth Rate: 12.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,756
Population: 36,863 Population 2010: 32,940
Growth Rate: 11.91%
Absolute Growth: 3,923
5. Los Lunas
Population: 15,271 Population 2010: 13,874
Growth Rate: 10.07%
Absolute Growth: 1,397
Population: 28,079 Population 2010: 25,698
Growth Rate: 9.27%
Absolute Growth: 2,381
7. Las Cruces
Population: 101,459 Population 2010: 92,897
Growth Rate: 9.22%
Absolute Growth: 8,562
Population: 39,461 Population 2010: 36,217
Growth Rate: 8.96%
Absolute Growth: 3,244
Population: 11,559 Population 2010: 10,644
Growth Rate: 8.6%
Absolute Growth: 915
Population: 8,676 Population 2010: 8,073
Growth Rate: 7.47%
Absolute Growth: 603
These Places Grew Up So Fast, 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!
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