These Are The 10 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:

  1. Rio Rancho
  2. Los Lunas
  3. Clovis
  4. Las Cruces
  5. Hobbs
  6. Sunland Park
  7. Lovington
  8. Gallup
  9. Carlsbad
  10. Alamogordo

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.

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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 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]

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1. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 90,627
Population 2010: 81,056
Growth Rate: 11.81%
Absolute Growth: 9,571

2. Los Lunas

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,203
Population 2010: 13,874
Growth Rate: 9.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,329

3. Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,204
Population 2010: 36,217
Growth Rate: 8.25%
Absolute Growth: 2,987

4. Las Cruces

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 100,360
Population 2010: 92,897
Growth Rate: 8.03%
Absolute Growth: 7,463

5. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,343
Population 2010: 32,940
Growth Rate: 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,403

6. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,794
Population 2010: 13,832
Growth Rate: 6.95%
Absolute Growth: 962

7. Lovington

Lovington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,364
Population 2010: 10,644
Growth Rate: 6.76%
Absolute Growth: 720

8. Gallup

Gallup, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,189
Population 2010: 21,077
Growth Rate: 5.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,112

9. Carlsbad

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,996
Population 2010: 25,698
Growth Rate: 5.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,298

10. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

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!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Mexico

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Rio Rancho 1 90,627 81,056 9,571 11.8%
Los Lunas 2 15,203 13,874 1,329 9.6%
Clovis 3 39,204 36,217 2,987 8.2%
Las Cruces 4 100,360 92,897 7,463 8.0%
Hobbs 5 35,343 32,940 2,403 7.3%
Sunland Park 6 14,794 13,832 962 7.0%
Lovington 7 11,364 10,644 720 6.8%
Gallup 8 22,189 21,077 1,112 5.3%
Carlsbad 9 26,996 25,698 1,298 5.1%
Alamogordo 10 31,224 29,753 1,471 4.9%
Albuquerque 11 553,576 531,403 22,173 4.2%
Bernalillo 12 8,400 8,073 327 4.1%
Artesia 13 11,494 11,061 433 3.9%
Portales 14 12,481 12,017 464 3.9%
Corrales 15 8,426 8,156 270 3.3%
Santa Fe 16 69,245 67,588 1,657 2.5%
Roswell 17 48,568 47,414 1,154 2.4%
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 18 6,074 5,948 126 2.1%
Taos 19 5,713 5,597 116 2.1%
Farmington 20 45,383 44,650 733 1.6%
Grants 21 9,245 9,215 30 0.3%
Belen 22 7,249 7,255 -6 -0.1%
Las Vegas 23 13,833 13,845 -12 -0.1%
Bloomfield 24 7,877 7,887 -10 -0.1%
Deming 25 14,760 14,877 -117 -0.8%
Silver City 26 10,245 10,343 -98 -0.9%
Socorro 27 8,898 9,059 -161 -1.8%
Tucumcari 28 5,237 5,338 -101 -1.9%
Aztec 29 6,619 6,778 -159 -2.3%
Truth Or Consequences 30 6,337 6,490 -153 -2.4%
Ruidoso 31 7,954 8,154 -200 -2.5%
Raton 32 6,627 6,965 -338 -4.9%

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