The Pew Center released population growth numbers earlier this week with a fair amount of media coverage. New Mexico is growing more slowly than any state west of Kansas.
As usual, we at the RGF wanted to take a closer look at Pew’s information. Here is the map with relevant population numbers. Americans continue to move south and west. They’re just not coming to New Mexico in numbers anything like other states are seeing. More interesting to us even than our lagging the rest of the west is that New Mexico is the only Western state growing slower than the median overall growth rate for each of the 50 states. What would be even more interesting is to pull out retirees and young people and see who is coming to the Land of Enchantment as opposed to who is leaving.
It’s easy to see that the last decade has been tough for New Mexico. But, with oil and gas revenues boosting the budget, it will be easy for politicians and the public to remain complacent.