Fastest-growing counties in New Mexico

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Fastest-growing counties in New Mexico

From 2018 to 2019, the U.S. population grew by .48%, its slowest rate in 100 years. Declining births, increasing deaths largely due to the graying Baby Boomer population, and a crackdown on immigration have contributed to many states seeing net population losses in recent years.

But in other pockets of the country, populations are growing. These shifts can be due to job opportunities, high quality of life, easy commutability to job centers, low rents, or any combination of these or other factors. Stacker compiled a list of the fastest-growing counties in New Mexico using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest population growth from 2010 to 2019, based on 5-year estimates.

A county typically sees population growth as a “bedroom community” (a municipality with an atypically large commuting population) to a large city. These communities are typically quieter than their feeder cities, offer lower rents and a higher quality of living, and are remote enough to be immune to the feeder city’s crime, traffic, and crowds. Keep reading to see if your home county made the list.


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#30. Luna County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -1,169
— #2,746 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -4.6%
— #20 among counties in New Mexico, #2,536 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 24,083
— #18 largest county in New Mexico, #1,638 largest county nationwide

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#29. Socorro County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -1,106
— #2,728 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -6.2%
— #25 among counties in New Mexico, #2,780 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 16,858
— #22 largest county in New Mexico, #1,985 largest county nationwide

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#28. Lincoln County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -1,041
— #2,708 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -5.1%
— #21 among counties in New Mexico, #2,632 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 19,461
— #19 largest county in New Mexico, #1,854 largest county nationwide

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#27. Rio Arriba County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -1,036
— #2,703 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -2.6%
— #18 among counties in New Mexico, #2,143 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 39,159
— #13 largest county in New Mexico, #1,197 largest county nationwide

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#26. San Juan County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -1,002
— #2,693 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -0.8%
— #15 among counties in New Mexico, #1,734 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 126,515
— #5 largest county in New Mexico, #497 largest county nationwide

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#25. Torrance County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -948
— #2,657 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -5.8%
— #23 among counties in New Mexico, #2,735 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 15,519
— #23 largest county in New Mexico, #2,068 largest county nationwide

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#24. Sierra County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -907
— #2,626 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -7.6%
— #29 among counties in New Mexico, #2,922 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 11,031
— #25 largest county in New Mexico, #2,351 largest county nationwide

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#23. Quay County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -676
— #2,473 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -7.5%
— #28 among counties in New Mexico, #2,914 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 8,326
— #26 largest county in New Mexico, #2,561 largest county nationwide

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#22. Hidalgo County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -667
— #2,462 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -13.4%
— #32 among counties in New Mexico, #3,103 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 4,297
— #29 largest county in New Mexico, #2,877 largest county nationwide

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#21. Harding County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -502
— #2,317 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -53.2%
— #33 among counties in New Mexico, #3,142 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 441
— #33 largest county in New Mexico, #3,137 largest county nationwide

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#20. Roosevelt County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -484
— #2,297 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -2.5%
— #17 among counties in New Mexico, #2,123 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 18,888
— #20 largest county in New Mexico, #1,874 largest county nationwide

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#19. Mora County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -387
— #2,184 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -7.9%
— #30 among counties in New Mexico, #2,940 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 4,536
— #27 largest county in New Mexico, #2,859 largest county nationwide

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#18. Guadalupe County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -345
— #2,125 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -7.3%
— #27 among counties in New Mexico, #2,898 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 4,353
— #28 largest county in New Mexico, #2,872 largest county nationwide

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#17. Cibola County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -288
— #2,046 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -1.1%
— #16 among counties in New Mexico, #1,790 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 26,891
— #17 largest county in New Mexico, #1,529 largest county nationwide

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#16. Union County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -255
— #1,985 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -5.8%
— #24 among counties in New Mexico, #2,737 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 4,133
— #30 largest county in New Mexico, #2,890 largest county nationwide

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#15. Catron County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: -126
— #1,752 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -3.5%
— #19 among counties in New Mexico, #2,328 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 3,526
— #31 largest county in New Mexico, #2,936 largest county nationwide

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#14. Taos County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +212
— #1,329 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +0.7%
— #14 among counties in New Mexico, #1,434 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 32,786
— #14 largest county in New Mexico, #1,362 largest county nationwide

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#13. De Baca County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +268
— #1,279 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +15.1%
— #1 among counties in New Mexico, #191 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 2,040
— #32 largest county in New Mexico, #3,044 largest county nationwide

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#12. Los Alamos County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +534
— #1,138 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +3.0%
— #10 among counties in New Mexico, #1,060 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 18,625
— #21 largest county in New Mexico, #1,891 largest county nationwide

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#11. Chaves County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +876
— #1,015 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +1.4%
— #13 among counties in New Mexico, #1,308 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 65,144
— #10 largest county in New Mexico, #819 largest county nationwide

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#10. Valencia County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +1,473
— #865 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +2.0%
— #12 among counties in New Mexico, #1,211 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 76,027
— #6 largest county in New Mexico, #729 largest county nationwide

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#9. McKinley County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +1,775
— #805 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +2.5%
— #11 among counties in New Mexico, #1,126 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 72,438
— #7 largest county in New Mexico, #748 largest county nationwide

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#8. Curry County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +2,808
— #681 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +6.0%
— #6 among counties in New Mexico, #701 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 49,732
— #12 largest county in New Mexico, #988 largest county nationwide

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#7. Otero County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +3,355
— #635 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +5.3%
— #8 among counties in New Mexico, #763 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 66,137
— #9 largest county in New Mexico, #808 largest county nationwide

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#6. Eddy County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +5,067
— #541 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +9.6%
— #4 among counties in New Mexico, #425 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 57,732
— #11 largest county in New Mexico, #893 largest county nationwide

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#5. Santa Fe County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +7,591
— #454 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +5.4%
— #7 among counties in New Mexico, #758 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 149,293
— #3 largest county in New Mexico, #442 largest county nationwide

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#4. Lea County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +7,774
— #444 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +12.4%
— #3 among counties in New Mexico, #276 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 70,277
— #8 largest county in New Mexico, #766 largest county nationwide

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#3. Dona Ana County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +14,399
— #323 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +7.1%
— #5 among counties in New Mexico, #600 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 216,069
— #2 largest county in New Mexico, #308 largest county nationwide

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#2. Sandoval County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +18,441
— #283 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +14.8%
— #2 among counties in New Mexico, #202 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 142,704
— #4 largest county in New Mexico, #453 largest county nationwide

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#1. Bernalillo County

– 2010 to 2019 population change: +30,977
— #175 among all counties nationwide
– 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +4.8%
— #9 among counties in New Mexico, #822 among all counties nationwide
– 2019 population: 677,858
— #1 largest county in New Mexico, #99 largest county nationwide

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