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 | Homes For Sale)
- Rio Rancho (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sunland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hobbs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Los Lunas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Carlsbad (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Las Cruces (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clovis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lovington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bernalillo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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
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Santa Fe (/sæntfe/ or /sæntfe/; Tewa: Ogha Po’oge, Navajo: Yootó) 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.
2. Rio Rancho
Population: 92,966 Population 2010: 81,056
Growth Rate: 14.69%
Absolute Growth: 11,910
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Rio Rancho (Spanish: Río 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.
3. Sunland Park
Population: 15,588 Population 2010: 13,832
Growth Rate: 12.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,756
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Sunland Park is a city in southern Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States, on the borders of Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, with Ciudad Juárez 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 Doña Ana County makes it a part of the Las Cruces metropolitan statistical area. Las Cruces is 42 miles (68 km) to the north.
Population: 36,863 Population 2010: 32,940
Growth Rate: 11.91%
Absolute Growth: 3,923
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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.
5. Los Lunas
Population: 15,271 Population 2010: 13,874
Growth Rate: 10.07%
Absolute Growth: 1,397
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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 (Huning Ranch). It is the county seat of Valencia County.
Population: 28,079 Population 2010: 25,698
Growth Rate: 9.27%
Absolute Growth: 2,381
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Carlsbad (/krlzbæd/ KARLZ-bad) 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.
7. Las Cruces
Population: 101,459 Population 2010: 92,897
Growth Rate: 9.22%
Absolute Growth: 8,562
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Las Cruces, also known as “The City of the Crosses”, is the seat of Doña 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 Doña 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 Doña Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso–Las Cruces combined statistical area.
Population: 39,461 Population 2010: 36,217
Growth Rate: 8.96%
Absolute Growth: 3,244
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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.
Population: 8,676 Population 2010: 8,073
Growth Rate: 7.47%
Absolute Growth: 603
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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.
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!
For more New Mexico reading, check out:
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