The Pew Center on the States recently released its report, “Population Growth 2008-2018.”
The data generally show that US states are growing population-wise and that the population is moving South and West. The three fastest growing states (Utah, Texas, and Colorado) happen to neighbor New Mexico. Sadly, New Mexico, with all of those fast-growing neighbors, is not growing nearly as fast. In fact, New Mexico’s .41% growth rate is even lower than the US median state growth rate of .63%. We’re growing in line with Iowa and Kentucky, not our fast-growing and economically-free neighbors.