May 2017 Graphic

The University of New Mexico's Department of Geospatial and Population Studies (UNM GPS) recently released an updated 2040 population projection. The projection is compared to their 2015 population estimate to visualize the expected pace of growth within New Mexico.  The counties that make up New Mexico's four Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs are used by the Census Bureau to define areas with relatively high population density) are projected to increase in population by 21.2% while the rest of the state will only grow by 0.8%. Sandoval County (54.0%) and Doña Ana County (26.1%) are projected to grow the fastest while many of the rural counties in the state are projected to lose population.

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May 2017 Graphic