New Mexico Lags In Population Growth

Dec 31, 2013

New Census estimates indicate New Mexico gained just 1,747 people in the 12 months ended in July, putting the state among the bottom for population growth.

The new estimates put New Mexico's estimated population at 2,085,287, an increase of just eight-hundreds of a percentage point.

Meanwhile, the neighboring states of Utah, Texas, Colorado and Arizona had population growth rates averaging 1.4 percent.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Census Bureau makes its estimates based on migration patterns, births and deaths.

Economics Professor Jim Peach of New Mexico State University says factors at work include New Mexico's stagnant economy and the aging population.

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