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ABQ Population Growth Near Zero

ABQ Population Growth Near Zero

City's Population Grows By 0.33 Percent

Lowest Of Any City In Region

Even Pueblo, Colo., Had A Higher Growth Rate

The city of Albuquerque’s population stagnation continued in the year that ended July 1, 2016. The population increased by 1,829 people, or 0.33 percent, according to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Albuquerque had the lowest population growth of 10 major cities in the region, and it continued a six-year population stasis. Since 2010, the city’s population has grown by 13,142 people, or 2.3 percent. As of July 1, 2016, Albuquerque’s population was 559,277.

While Albuquerque’s population remained almost flat during the year, Rio Rancho’s soared. The state’s third largest city grew by 2,098, or 2.1 percent.

Farmington, which has been hit hard by years of low natural gas prices, saw its population fall by 1,221, or 2.8 percent.

Santa Fe and Las Cruces also posted minuscule population increases. Santa Fe grew by 589, or 0.7 percent, while Las Cruces added 324 people for a 0.31 percent growth rate.

Albuquerque’s miserable growth rate mirrors that of the state’s. In the year that ended July 1, 2016, the state’s population grew by 687, or 0.04 percent.

And New Mexico’s so-called brain drain continued. During the year, the state’s net out-migration totaled 7,111, meaning that many more people left the state than came to it.

New Mexico’s dismal population growth rate was the 42nd lowest in the nation, and the lowest in the region. Utah had the nation’s fastest growth rate at 2 percent, or 60,585 people. Arizona and Colorado each grew by 1.7 percent.

So how bad was Albuquerque’s population growth? Well, in terms of actual numbers, it was slightly higher than that of Pueblo, Colo., a city of 110,291. During the year, Pueblo added 1,130 people. But Pueblo had a 1 percent growth rate.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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  • John Bush
    December 24, 2017, 10:30 am

    Wow! I have been hearing that 2017 was a good year for Albuquerque. There is so much more upside to the real estate and the cost of living/labor should be attractive to employers. What gives?

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