Rate of people leaving New Mexico increases

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By Harold Morgan

“Vital events” explain changes in New Mexico’s population since the 2010 census. The particular vital events are births and deaths. Such events are indeed vital and it seems unusual that jargon — the words are technical words in the population-counting world — would fit the real world.
The short version of our population news is that since mid-2011 more people have been leaving for other places in the United States than have been moving here from other places. The term is “net domestic migration.” We have “negative net domestic migration.”
Maybe it should be called NNDM. We do need more acronyms. Or not.
We had positive domestic migration of about 2,200 from the April 2010 census through mid-2011. The 2011-2012 stream of departures, around 7,500, turned the total negative. The following year, 2012-2013, the departure total grew by about a third, to more than 10,000.
Another way to consider the recent rate of departure is that two-thirds of 15,500 people leaving between 2010 and 2013 left in the year between 2012 and 2013.
Rats leaving the ship? Hardly. Just people being sensible.

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