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 (-3.1%), Bloomfiled city (-3.1%), Roy village (-4.7%) and Mosquero village (-5.3%). The 5 area’s in 2016 with the greatest population decline since 2010 were Eagle Nest village (-11.4%), Cimarron village (-11.6%), Aztec city (-11.9%), Kirtland town (-12.1%), and Bloomfield city (-12.7%).

For New Mexico in 2016 the top five cities by population were Albuquerque (557,448), Las Cruces (101,435), Rio Rancho (93,930), Santa Fe  (83,286) and Roswell (48,367).  The top four cities all had positive growth with Rio Rancho posting the fastest growth out of the group at 2.2 percent; as a result, the population in Rio Rancho went from 93,930 persons in 2015 up to 96,028 persons in 2016. Meanwhile, the 5th most populous city, Roswell, experienced a decline of 0.4 percent from 48,367 persons in 2015 down to 48,184 persons.

The 2016 places with the smallest populations on the list in New Mexico were Encino village (77), Taos Ski Valley village (69), House village (63), Folsom village (54) and Grenville village (34). Only two places with populations below 500 persons posted population increases greater than zero; those places are San Ysidro village (197) and Red River town (477).

 

New Mexico City, Town and Village Population Estimates 2016
Area CENSUS 2010 POP ESTIMATES BASE 2010 POP ESTIMATE 2010 POP ESTIMATE 2011 POP ESTIMATE 2012 POP ESTIMATE 2013 POP ESTIMATE 2014 POP ESTIMATE 2015 POP ESTIMATE 2016
Bernalillo County 662,564 662,547 664,109 669,295 672,685 674,460 674,829 674,959 676,953
Albuquerque city 545,852 546,135 546,865 551,338 554,449 556,239 556,971 557,448 559,277
Edgewood town (pt.) 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque village 6,024 6,029 6,035 6,074 6,089 6,089 6,069 6,053 6,062
Rio Rancho city (pt.) 130 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Tijeras village 541 542 542 545 547 547 545 543 543
Balance of Bernalillo County 110,013 109,835 110,661 111,332 111,594 111,579 111,238 110,909 111,065
Catron County 3,725 3,729 3,739 3,715 3,651 3,580 3,538 3,459 3,508
Reserve village 289 292 293 291 286 280 277 271 276
Balance of Catron County 3,436 3,437 3,446 3,424 3,365 3,300 3,261 3,188 3,232
Chaves County 65,645 65,651 65,753 65,646 65,705 65,861 65,672 65,529 65,282
Dexter town 1,266 1,266 1,268 1,266 1,270 1,273 1,269 1,267 1,264
Hagerman town 1,257 1,251 1,253 1,251 1,255 1,258 1,254 1,249 1,244
Lake Arthur town 436 436 437 436 436 438 436 435 433
Roswell city 48,366 48,411 48,485 48,420 48,442 48,573 48,453 48,367 48,184
Balance of Chaves County 14,320 14,287 14,310 14,273 14,302 14,319 14,260 14,211 14,157
Cibola County 27,213 27,215 27,314 27,508 27,316 27,439 27,303 27,322 27,487
Grants city 9,182 9,177 9,210 9,283 9,222 9,269 9,228 9,239 9,298
Milan village 3,245 3,212 3,228 3,240 3,225 3,233 3,217 3,217 3,234
Balance of Cibola County 14,786 14,826 14,876 14,985 14,869 14,937 14,858 14,866 14,955
Colfax County 13,750 13,750 13,736 13,614 13,226 13,039 12,674 12,387 12,253
Angel Fire village 1,216 1,216 1,216 1,210 1,180 1,168 1,140 1,119 1,113
Cimarron village 1,021 1,019 1,017 1,008 977 962 933 910 899
Eagle Nest village 290 290 290 287 278 274 266 260 257
Maxwell village 254 253 253 250 243 239 232 227 225
Raton city 6,885 6,885 6,877 6,811 6,611 6,514 6,325 6,176 6,103
Springer town 1,047 1,047 1,046 1,036 1,006 990 963 940 929
Balance of Colfax County 3,037 3,040 3,037 3,012 2,931 2,892 2,815 2,755 2,727
Curry County 48,376 48,376 48,959 49,699 50,690 50,574 50,969 50,206 50,280
Clovis city 37,775 37,799 38,277 38,939 39,468 39,416 39,852 39,290 39,373
Grady village 107 107 108 109 110 108 108 106 106
Melrose village 651 653 660 666 668 661 659 643 642
Texico city 1,130 1,133 1,144 1,155 1,160 1,145 1,138 1,112 1,110
Balance of Curry County 8,713 8,684 8,770 8,830 9,284 9,244 9,212 9,055 9,049
De Baca County 2,022 2,022 2,019 1,972 1,941 1,893 1,823 1,831 1,793
Fort Sumner village 1,031 1,031 1,029 1,006 990 965 930 934 915
Balance of De Baca County 991 991 990 966 951 928 893 897 878
Doña Ana County 209,233 209,235 210,203 212,869 214,162 213,651 213,536 213,567 214,207
Anthony city A 9,510 9,535 9,592 9,610 9,516 9,441 9,380 9,330
Hatch village 1,648 1,618 1,621 1,628 1,630 1,609 1,600 1,594 1,590
Las Cruces city 97,618 97,643 98,297 100,198 101,141 101,308 101,488 101,435 101,759
Mesilla town 2,196 1,895 1,899 1,909 1,913 1,891 1,877 1,865 1,855
Sunland Park city 14,106 14,240 14,317 14,605 14,815 15,154 15,483 15,978 16,544
Balance of Doña Ana County 93,665 84,329 84,534 84,937 85,053 84,173 83,647 83,315 83,129
Eddy County 53,829 53,829 53,906 54,045 54,424 55,599 56,591 57,611 57,621
Artesia city 11,301 11,317 11,343 11,406 11,383 11,497 11,880 12,043 12,232
Carlsbad city 26,138 26,159 26,190 26,262 26,722 27,681 28,145 28,930 28,914
Hope village 105 105 105 105 105 105 107 107 107
Loving village 1,413 1,384 1,385 1,386 1,381 1,390 1,404 1,410 1,395
Balance of Eddy County 14,872 14,864 14,883 14,886 14,833 14,926 15,055 15,121 14,973
Grant County 29,514 29,514 29,399 29,393 29,320 29,241 28,988 28,564 28,280
Bayard city 2,328 2,337 2,327 2,327 2,320 2,314 2,295 2,261 2,235
Hurley town 1,297 1,297 1,291 1,291 1,288 1,284 1,272 1,253 1,240
Santa Clara village 1,686 1,824 1,817 1,816 1,812 1,807 1,792 1,768 1,751
Silver City town 10,315 10,315 10,277 10,278 10,256 10,231 10,137 9,991 9,907
Balance of Grant County 13,888 13,741 13,687 13,681 13,644 13,605 13,492 13,291 13,147
Guadalupe County 4,687 4,687 4,692 4,651 4,612 4,549 4,445 4,364 4,376
Santa Rosa city 2,848 2,850 2,853 2,830 2,808 2,774 2,715 2,671 2,680
Vaughn town 446 446 446 442 438 431 421 412 412
Balance of Guadalupe County 1,393 1,391 1,393 1,379 1,366 1,344 1,309 1,281 1,284
Harding County 695 695 687 711 698 688 680 699 665
Mosquero village (pt.) 93 93 92 95 93 92 91 94 89
Roy village 234 234 231 239 235 232 229 235 224
Balance of Harding County 368 368 364 377 370 364 360 370 352
Hidalgo County 4,894 4,895 4,855 4,840 4,785 4,616 4,539 4,414 4,302
Lordsburg city 2,797 2,797 2,774 2,767 2,735 2,641 2,597 2,526 2,463
Virden village 152 151 150 149 148 142 140 137 133
Balance of Hidalgo County 1,945 1,947 1,931 1,924 1,902 1,833 1,802 1,751 1,706
Lea County 64,727 64,727 64,623 65,037 66,182 68,164 69,707 70,848 69,749
Eunice city 2,922 2,922 2,917 2,932 2,987 3,070 3,131 3,120 3,022
Hobbs city 34,122 34,131 34,072 34,336 34,930 36,048 36,957 38,232 38,143
Jal city 2,047 2,047 2,043 2,055 2,093 2,153 2,198 2,189 2,121
Lovington city 11,009 11,017 11,003 11,061 11,261 11,573 11,802 11,756 11,399
Tatum town 798 798 796 800 814 838 855 853 827
Balance of Lea County 13,829 13,812 13,792 13,853 14,097 14,482 14,764 14,698 14,237
Lincoln County 20,497 20,497 20,463 20,394 20,198 19,979 19,635 19,391 19,429
Capitan village 1,489 1,495 1,491 1,482 1,464 1,443 1,413 1,391 1,388
Carrizozo town 996 996 994 989 980 968 952 939 938
Corona village 172 172 172 171 169 167 164 162 162
Ruidoso village 8,029 8,027 8,021 8,018 7,960 7,899 7,792 7,724 7,770
Ruidoso Downs city 2,815 2,792 2,785 2,761 2,723 2,682 2,624 2,581 2,576
Balance of Lincoln County 6,996 7,015 7,000 6,973 6,902 6,820 6,690 6,594 6,595
Los Alamos County 17,950 17,950 18,012 18,174 18,149 17,817 17,668 17,696 18,147
Luna County 25,095 25,095 25,108 25,135 24,983 24,686 24,540 24,476 24,450
Columbus village 1,664 1,664 1,665 1,668 1,659 1,636 1,627 1,624 1,623
Deming city 14,855 14,848 14,853 14,858 14,757 14,603 14,526 14,496 14,488
Balance of Luna County 8,576 8,583 8,590 8,609 8,567 8,447 8,387 8,356 8,339
McKinley County 71,492 71,488 71,743 73,488 72,691 73,270 74,044 76,800 74,923
Gallup city 21,678 21,783 21,845 22,348 22,062 22,220 22,435 23,244 22,670
Balance of McKinley County 49,814 49,705 49,898 51,140 50,629 51,050 51,609 53,556 52,253
Mora County 4,881 4,881 4,884 4,781 4,675 4,665 4,571 4,577 4,504
Wagon Mound village 314 314 314 307 301 300 295 295 291
Balance of Mora County 4,567 4,567 4,570 4,474 4,374 4,365 4,276 4,282 4,213
Otero County 63,797 63,799 64,356 65,494 66,016 65,813 64,994 64,430 65,410
Alamogordo city 30,403 30,415 30,687 31,253 31,506 31,404 31,050 30,796 31,283
Cloudcroft village 674 673 679 691 695 695 689 683 693
Tularosa village 2,842 2,843 2,868 2,919 2,941 2,928 2,893 2,867 2,912
Balance of Otero County 29,878 29,868 30,122 30,631 30,874 30,786 30,362 30,084 30,522
Quay County 9,041 9,041 9,064 9,082 8,816 8,687 8,454 8,452 8,365
House village 68 68 68 68 66 65 64 64 63
Logan village 1,042 1,042 1,044 1,044 1,012 996 967 966 954
San Jon village 216 216 217 217 211 208 202 202 201
Tucumcari city 5,363 5,363 5,377 5,392 5,236 5,161 5,025 5,025 4,975
Balance of Quay County 2,352 2,352 2,358 2,361 2,291 2,257 2,196 2,195 2,172
Rio Arriba County 40,246 40,244 40,310 40,313 40,254 40,058 39,742 39,526 40,040
Chama village 1,022 1,022 1,023 1,024 1,023 1,018 1,010 1,005 1,018
Española city (pt.) 6,966 6,976 6,982 6,967 6,940 6,895 6,828 6,784 6,864
Balance of Rio Arriba County 32,258 32,246 32,305 32,322 32,291 32,145 31,904 31,737 32,158
Roosevelt County 19,846 19,840 20,007 20,461 20,341 19,996 19,599 19,074 19,082
Causey village 104 104 105 107 105 103 101 98 98
Dora village 133 133 134 137 135 132 129 125 125
Elida town 197 197 198 202 200 196 191 186 185
Floyd village 133 121 122 124 123 120 117 114 114
Portales city 12,280 12,265 12,372 12,681 12,656 12,481 12,265 11,960 11,989
Balance of Roosevelt County 6,999 7,020 7,076 7,210 7,122 6,964 6,796 6,591 6,571
Sandoval County 131,561 131,578 132,370 134,246 135,383 136,482 137,540 139,157 142,025
Bernalillo town 8,320 8,306 8,340 8,382 8,386 8,380 8,604 8,822 9,202
Corrales village 8,329 8,318 8,356 8,419 8,436 8,445 8,412 8,476 8,586
Cuba village 731 730 733 737 738 736 734 734 740
Edgewood town (pt.)
Jemez Springs village 250 250 251 252 252 253 252 252 255
Rio Rancho city (pt.) 87,391 87,359 87,955 89,538 90,610 91,687 92,620 93,928 96,026
San Ysidro village 193 193 194 195 195 195 195 195 197
Balance of Sandoval County 26,347 26,422 26,541 26,723 26,766 26,786 26,723 26,750 27,019
San Juan County 130,044 130,045 130,135 127,991 128,331 126,518 124,055 118,701 115,079
Aztec city 6,763 6,757 6,765 6,659 6,672 6,566 6,441 6,153 5,960
Bloomfield city 8,112 8,112 8,118 7,949 7,948 7,826 7,665 7,320 7,090
Farmington city 45,877 45,965 46,046 45,573 45,876 45,383 44,612 42,850 41,629
Kirtland town A 642 642 630 631 621 609 582 564
Balance of San Juan County 69,292 68,569 68,564 67,180 67,204 66,122 64,728 61,796 59,836
San Miguel County 29,393 29,393 29,401 29,335 29,026 28,696 28,318 27,951 27,760
Las Vegas city 13,753 14,055 14,059 14,034 13,895 13,740 13,559 13,380 13,285
Mosquero village (pt.)
Pecos village 1,392 1,392 1,392 1,389 1,373 1,357 1,339 1,322 1,313
Balance of San Miguel County 14,248 13,946 13,950 13,912 13,758 13,599 13,420 13,249 13,162
Santa Fe County 144,170 144,172 144,465 145,378 146,157 146,754 147,329 147,708 148,651
Edgewood town (pt.) 3,731 3,729 3,738 3,753 3,768 3,774 3,783 3,782 3,801
Española city (pt.) 3,258 3,256 3,259 3,265 3,270 3,270 3,269 3,263 3,274
Santa Fe city 67,947 80,882 81,034 81,645 82,102 82,528 82,925 83,286 83,875
Balance of Santa Fe County 69,234 56,305 56,434 56,715 57,017 57,182 57,352 57,377 57,701
Sierra County 11,988 11,994 12,030 12,026 11,881 11,561 11,315 11,261 11,191
Elephant Butte city 1,431 1,431 1,436 1,437 1,421 1,384 1,354 1,348 1,341
Truth or Consequences city 6,475 6,474 6,491 6,481 6,399 6,225 6,093 6,062 6,023
Williamsburg village 449 450 451 452 447 435 426 424 421
Balance of Sierra County 3,633 3,639 3,652 3,656 3,614 3,517 3,442 3,427 3,406
Socorro County 17,866 17,860 17,803 17,817 17,524 17,525 17,320 17,222 17,027
Magdalena village 938 940 937 939 924 925 914 909 898
Socorro city 9,051 9,043 9,013 9,014 8,861 8,858 8,756 8,706 8,612
Balance of Socorro County 7,877 7,877 7,853 7,864 7,739 7,742 7,650 7,607 7,517
Taos County 32,937 32,940 32,904 32,931 32,817 32,991 33,046 32,887 33,065
Questa village 1,770 1,770 1,767 1,769 1,762 1,770 1,767 1,751 1,754
Red River town 477 477 476 477 476 479 478 475 477
Taos town 5,716 5,719 5,713 5,713 5,692 5,720 5,762 5,739 5,763
Taos Ski Valley village 69 69 69 69 69 70 69 69 69
Balance of Taos County 24,905 24,905 24,879 24,903 24,818 24,952 24,970 24,853 25,002
Torrance County 16,383 16,381 16,379 16,400 16,074 15,681 15,514 15,422 15,302
Encino village 82 82 82 82 81 79 78 78 77
Estancia town 1,655 1,655 1,655 1,657 1,635 1,610 1,598 1,592 1,584
Moriarty city 1,910 1,910 1,909 1,914 1,875 1,829 1,810 1,799 1,786
Mountainair town 928 928 928 930 911 888 878 873 866
Willard village 253 253 253 253 248 242 240 239 238
Balance of Torrance County 11,555 11,553 11,552 11,564 11,324 11,033 10,910 10,841 10,751
Union County 4,549 4,554 4,547 4,438 4,432 4,372 4,271 4,201 4,183
Clayton town 2,980 2,982 2,978 2,913 2,911 2,876 2,815 2,773 2,763
Des Moines village 143 141 141 137 136 134 131 128 128
Folsom village 56 59 59 57 57 56 55 54 54
Grenville village 38 38 38 37 37 36 35 35 34
Balance of Union County 1,332 1,334 1,331 1,294 1,291 1,270 1,235 1,211 1,204
Valencia County 76,569 76,574 76,781 76,877 76,639 76,288 75,775 75,636 75,626
Belen city 7,269 7,272 7,288 7,290 7,269 7,229 7,169 7,140 7,122
Bosque Farms village 3,904 3,907 3,914 3,911 3,895 3,876 3,844 3,828 3,820
Los Lunas village 14,835 14,933 15,023 15,218 15,267 15,249 15,175 15,292 15,454
Peralta town 3,660 3,660 3,667 3,661 3,643 3,623 3,591 3,576 3,565
Rio Communities city A 4,729 4,740 4,741 4,724 4,705 4,680 4,667 4,653
Balance of Valencia County 46,901 42,073 42,149 42,056 41,841 41,606 41,316 41,133 41,012

 

The US Census Bureau Population Estimate Program is the official source for intercensal population estimates. The Census Bureau released the 2010-2016 estimates on City and Towns (incorporated place and minor civil division) May 25, 2017 at: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/cb17-81-population-estimates-subcounty.html

The Population Estimate Programs next release will be for National and State population and demographic components of population change for July 1, 2017  in December 2017.

The table above is based off the data tables which can be accessed at: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2016/PEPANNRES/0400000US35.16200

UNM’s Geospatial and Population Studies Department publishes independent population estimates for New Mexico that incorporate more input data than Census Bureau estimates. Annual estimates can be found here on their website at http://gps.unm.edu/data/Population%20Estimates.html.

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