Population, nonsense and success in Cloudcroft

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By Harold Morgan

With the year-end cold comes hot news about population and various nonsense.

The population news is that New Mexico crossed the 2 million mark in 2009 for an estimated population of 2,009,671 as of July 1, 2009. That’s a 22,908 person increase, or 1.2 percent. Population growth has slowed since 2005 and 2006. For that one year, the increase was 1.36 percent, or 26,070.

Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of our one-year growth came from natural increase, the term for the margin of births over deaths. The rest come from net migration, the number of people moving to the state versus the number leaving. The net of 3,366 people moving from other states accounted for 41 percent of the migrants. The rest moved across international borders.

Between the census in 2000 and 2009, New Mexico added 190,630 people with 68 percent (129,591) from natural increase and 32 percent from migration. Of the migrants, a third came from inside the United States. New Mexico seems a less attractive destination these days.

New Mexico’s 2009 population is the nation’s 36th largest, a rank unchanged from 2000.

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