The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Mexico For 2021


We used data and science to determine the places in New Mexico everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in New Mexico.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Albuquerque and Las Cruces, while others want peace and quiet like in Truth or Consequences and Taos, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in New Mexico have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Land Of Enchantment that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New Mexico for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Mexico For 2021

  1. Edgewood
  2. Santa Fe
  3. Sunland Park
  4. Bernalillo
  5. Rio Rancho
  6. Hobbs
  7. Carlsbad
  8. Los Lunas
  9. Artesia
  10. Las Cruces

What's the fastest growing city in New Mexico for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Edgewood ranks as the fastest growing city in New Mexico. If you happen to be a resident of Edgewood, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in New Mexico are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New Mexico For 2021

1. Edgewood

Edgewood, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,071
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,664
Percent Growth 65.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,407
More on Edgewood: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 83,922
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 67,588
Percent Growth 24.2%
Absolute Growth: 16,334
More on Santa Fe: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Sunland Park

Sunland Park, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,081
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,832
Percent Growth 23.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,249
More on Sunland Park: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Bernalillo

Bernalillo, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,669
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 8,073
Percent Growth 19.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,596
More on Bernalillo: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 96,210
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 81,056
Percent Growth 18.7%
Absolute Growth: 15,154
More on Rio Rancho: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Hobbs

Hobbs, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 38,375
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 32,940
Percent Growth 16.5%
Absolute Growth: 5,435
More on Hobbs: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Carlsbad

Carlsbad, NM

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 29,158
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 25,698
Percent Growth 13.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,460
More on Carlsbad: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Los Lunas

Los Lunas, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,589
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,874
Percent Growth 12.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,715
More on Los Lunas: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Artesia

Artesia, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,262
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 11,061
Percent Growth 10.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,201
More on Artesia: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 102,102
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 92,897
Percent Growth 9.9%
Absolute Growth: 9,205
More on Las Cruces: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Land Of Enchantment for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 32 New Mexico cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Land Of Enchantment.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in New Mexico with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in New Mexico Graph For 2021

Click to enlarge

These Places Grew Up So Fast In New Mexico, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Mexico are led by Edgewood which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Raton
  2. Truth Or Consequences
  3. Silver City

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New Mexico For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Edgewood 65.7% 6,071 3,664
2 Santa Fe 24.2% 83,922 67,588
3 Sunland Park 23.5% 17,081 13,832
4 Bernalillo 19.8% 9,669 8,073
5 Rio Rancho 18.7% 96,210 81,056
6 Hobbs 16.5% 38,375 32,940
7 Carlsbad 13.5% 29,158 25,698
8 Los Lunas 12.4% 15,589 13,874
9 Artesia 10.9% 12,262 11,061
10 Las Cruces 9.9% 102,102 92,897

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