Population

 September 26th 2019 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

Signs of Fall: Data Release from the U.S. Census ACS!

September 26, 2019, the American Community Survey (ACS) 1 year estimates for 2018 data release. These data cover geographies with 65,000 or more in population. In New Mexico, that means we receive 2018 data for the entire state, four MSA’s, ten counties and four cities. This annual release covers more than 40 demographic and economic topics in the detailed profiles. To summarize, New Mexico 2018 data show that our median age is 38.1 with the U.S. median age at 38.2. Average household size in N.M. is 2.58, which represents a decrease from 2017 average household size of 2.66. The average family size has also dropped from 3.41 in 2017 to 3.28 in 2018. In N.M., the median household income is $47,169 and the poverty rate is 19.5% for 2018. The table at the end of this blog shows selected tabulations for New Mexico and the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA):… View Full Post

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 June 20th 2019 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

State Data Center Annual Conference Notes 2019

Last week I attended the National State Data Center Conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Census Bureau had a packed schedule with lots of information on the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census. Here are highlights that you might find interesting. First we had an update on the addition of the Citizen Question. As you might expect, there is a lot of interest in how this might impact response rates. The Census Bureau will be doing a 2019 Census Test survey to determine this. The survey started this June and is planned to run through August with July 1, 2019 as the Census day. The 2019 Census Test will be conducted nationwide, surveying approximately 480,000 housing unit addresses with forms with the question and without. Information on this test can be found at (https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2019/2019-test-begins.html). While I’m not personally involved with the Redistricting program, I’d like to highlight that James Whitehorne, the… View Full Post


 December 8th 2017 - Written by: Suzan Reagan

How We Know – brought to us by American Community Survey 2016 Data

New Mexico is known as the “Land of Enchantment” and those living in New Mexico have a sense of the distinctive socioeconomic characteristics that define it. In New Mexico, we recognize that culture and natural landscapes are very attractive assets, however New Mexican’s are also faced with income disparities, economic development difficulties, and slow community development. The question is how do we quantify our uniqueness and capitalize on our strengths and improve on our weaknesses? Where can we look to find data that tells us where we are now and where we are lacking in order to spark creative ideas and plan for our future? Enter the American Community Survey (ACS) which is conducted annually by the US Census Bureau. The survey is comprehensive, with a total of 48 unique questions covering topics of employment, wages, income, commute times, housing, marriage, disability, education, sex, age, and race. ACS data is… View Full Post

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 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