May 26th 2017 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Census Bureau Releases City, Town & Village Population Estimates for 2016

On May 25, 2017 the US Census Bureau released the 2016 population estimates for 162 cities, towns and villages across New Mexico. Over the last year New Mexico experienced minimal population growth reaching a total population of 2,081,015. This represents an increase of just 687 people or less than 1/10th of a percent since 2015.  However, local communities did see bigger gains or losses in population. The top five areas which had the greatest growth (in percentage terms) from 2015 to 2016 are Bernalillo town (4.3%), Sunland Park city (3.5%), Rio Rancho city (2.2%), Reserve village (1.8%) and Alamogordo city (1.6%). The top 5 area’s in 2016 with the greatest population growth since 2010 were Sunland Park city (15.6%), Hobbs city (11.9%), Carlsbad city (10.4%), Bernalillo town (10.3%), and Rio Rancho city (9.2%). The five areas with the largest rate of decline from 2015 to 2016 include Aztec city (-3.1%), Eunice city… View Full Post

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 April 6th 2017 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Census Population Estimate Release March 2017

A look at New Mexico Trends – In recent years, New Mexico has seen a change in its population growth trends. As of July 1, 2010, the New Mexico population estimate was 2,064,756.1 By 2013, the state population plateaued at 2,085,193 before declining to 2,080,328 in 2015. However, population in 2016 increased slightly to 2,081,015, resulting in a 0.03 percent increase over 2015 and a 0.79 percent increase over 2010. To put the slow rates of growth over the last six years in context, for the prior decade, 2000 through 2010, the population in New Mexico grew 13.43 percent.2 Since 2010, New Mexico counties in New Mexico had mixed results with regard to population growth. Only three counties had growth above 5 percent; those counties included: Eddy (6.9%), Lea (7.9%) and Sandoval (7.3%). Nine additional nine counties experienced positive growth since 2010.  Meanwhile, of New Mexico’s 33 counties, 21 had… View Full Post

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 December 12th 2016 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Very Rural Areas of New Mexico

Select Social and Economic Characteristics of New Mexico Rural Counties The US Census Bureau has identified six New Mexico counties (Catron, De Baca, Harding, Hidalgo, Mora, and Union) as completely rural. Each of these rural counties has their own unique social and economic characteristics. According to the Census Bureau’s 2015 American Communities Survey (ACS) 5 year estimates, these counties have an older population and a lower median household income compared to New Mexico. The New Mexico population density is about 17.0 people per square mile according to the 2015 ACS 5 year estimates. The completely rural counties comprise less than 1 percent of the New Mexico population and comprise about 17 percent of the New Mexico land area for a combined population density of about 0.9 people per square mile. In completely rural counties the population density ranged from a low of 0.3 in Harding County to a high of… View Full Post

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 December 9th 2016 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

How Rural is New Mexico?

Nationally urban populations have increased while rural populations have declined. The US Census Bureau estimated that the 1910 rural populations were at 54.4 percent of the total US population while in 2010 they had declined to 19.3 percent. In New Mexico the 1910 Decennial Census rural population was estimated at 85.8 percent and for 2010 the rural population had declined to 22.6 percent. New Mexico has followed the national trend but continues to have a higher percent of rural areas compared to the national. Of New Mexico’s 33 counties the Census Bureau has identified six as completely rural and an additional six as mostly rural. The most rural counties Catron, De Baca, Harding, Hidalgo, Mora, and Union had no urban population for the 2010 Census coming in at 100 percent rural. Torrance County had 98.8 percent rural population (see table below). The remaining 21 counties are considered urban. Even counties such as… View Full Post

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 September 20th 2016 - Written by: Jeff Mitchell

Income Gains in New Mexico Lag the Nation

On September 16, the Census Bureau released results of its most recent Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC). The report received a great deal of attention[1] as it included evidence that real median household incomes increased 5.2% between 2014 and 2015. This was the first annual increase since 2007 and clearest evidence that the economic recovery has begun to benefit more than those at that the top of the income pyramid. How did New Mexico do? In New Mexico, median household income grew by 1.2%, from $44,837 to $45,382. Although an improvement in its own right, the state’s position relative to the rest of the country slipped. In 2014, median household income in the state was 83.5% of the national median, ranking 43rd of the 50 states. In 2015, incomes were 81.4% of the national median, 45th among all states. Poverty data followed a similar pattern…. View Full Post

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 May 20th 2016 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Current Trends in NM Healthcare Insurance Coverage

In recent years, health insurance coverage has received a lot of attention. Since the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act and the New Mexico Medicare Expansion there certainly have been many questions on the measurement of the impacts of these programs. The Census Bureau Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program data release of May 12, 2016 provides some indication of the increase coverage for health insurance in New Mexico. For 2014 the New Mexico uninsured rate was 17.1 percent for those under 65 years old. This represents a decrease of 4.8 percent from 21.9 percent in 2013. The New Mexico demographic details for those who are under 65 years of age for 2014 shows that Non-Hispanic White had a 10.6 percent uninsured rate which was a decrease of 3.2 percent from 2013. In New Mexico for Non-Hispanic Black the 2014 uninsured was 15.7 percent a decrease of 4.9… View Full Post

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 May 2nd 2016 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

NM Women Employment & Poverty Trends with CPS Table Creator

Recent years have seen frequent employment status shifts. These shifts have had an effect on men’s and women’s employment and poverty status. For many years in New Mexico, men’s and women’s percent of the labor force has been close to fifty-fifty, with women’s being slightly under and men’s being slightly higher.  In 2009, 2010, and 2012, using the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC), women’s percent of the labor force was above 48 percent. Since then, women’s percentages have slightly slipped down to 46.6 percent in 2015. New Mexico Civilian Labor Force Status (Numbers in Thousands) Year Total Population Male Female Civilian Labor Force Male Female 2009 1,978 970 1,008 930 478 452 2010 1,978 960 1,018 891 460 431 2011 2,034 990 1,044 889 468 421 2012 2,039 991 1,048 892 459 433 2013 2,067 1,022 1,046 949 500 449 2014 2,100 1,057 1,043 958 507… View Full Post

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 April 19th 2016 - Written by: Jeff Mitchell

What Do Millennials Know About Drought Anyway?

Water is arguably the most important resource in New Mexico. The recent ‘El Nino’ treated us well, bringing heavy rain last summer and snow during the winter. Does this mean that the drought is behind us? Accessible climate data is remarkably difficult to find, buried in frustratingly complex websites such as www.nws.noaa.gov and www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov. This blog entry is intended to introduce readers to useful data sources, with a principal focus on water resources. Only secondarily I offer a very general (and admittedly amateur) summary of the state’s recent climate history. The best source of historical climate data is National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a division of the US Commerce Department. The site includes data from no fewer than 549 weather stations in New Mexico alone (though data is not complete for all stations.) Unfortunately, the data delivery is very cumbersome, data entry that makes one long for the Census… View Full Post

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 April 11th 2016 - Written by: Michael O'Donnell

The Labor Force & Demographic Shifts

In my last two blog posts, I discussed trends in labor force participation (here) and reasons why so many people are out of the labor force (here). As I noted in my most recent post, shifting demographic trends have changed the landscape of the labor force over the last decade and are likely to continue into the future – this is especially true of the oldest age cohorts. In particular, those cohorts have managed to simultaneously increase their rates of labor force participation while at the same time adding the largest number of people not in the labor force. The reason for this seeming incongruity is that population growth for this group is rapid. The population pyramid below, which is provided by the US Census Bureau, shows how the dynamics of the US population have changed through time. The pyramid, which allows you to scroll through years from 2000 to… View Full Post

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 March 31st 2016 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Unemployment Rate Trends for Men and Women

The trends in unemployment rates for men and women since 1948 tell a story of how the world of work has changed. The chart below uses monthly data from 1948 to 2016 of the labor force statistics from the Current Population Survey Unemployment Rate for the US population 20 years and older. In 1949 the unemployment rate spiked for men at the end of World War II. From then until the early 1980’s men’s unemployment rates remain lower then women’s. In the nineteen-eighties the gap between men’s and women’s unemployment rates decrease. This reflects the greater labor force participation rates seen for women over this time.  However, from 1980 forward through times of high unemployment, men’s unemployment rates tend to be higher then women’s with it being dramatically so during the Great Recession. The difference for the Great Recession can be attributed to the industries that saw contractions — primarily construction… View Full Post

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