Regional
4:41 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

New Mexico Tops Two Million In Census

New Mexico – The U.S. Census Bureau says New Mexico's population increased 13.2 percent from 2000, giving the state more than 2 million residents.

While the growth wasn't enough to help New Mexico secure a fourth seat in the U.S. House, the state won't lose any seats, either.

Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff attributes the slower population growth in New Mexico and nationwide to a slower economy.

If there's a silver lining in the New Mexico data, Sanderoff said it's that the 13.2 growth rate was higher than the 10.5 percent figure the Census Bureau had projected.

The United States population grew by 9.7 percent to 308.7 million.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.