Census

 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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