The Rio Grande Foundation recently drew attention to New Mexico’s shortage of medical providers. One of the ongoing trends that will make this situation more challenging to deal with is the State’s aging population.
According to the webite USA Facts, New Mexico was one of five states that saw the fastest increase in its share of residents aged 65+. The state’s youthful population is not only not growing. It is shrinking.
America is aging, but New Mexico in particular has made itself more attractive to older people (Social Security tax reduction) while remaining unattractive to younger people (crime, lack of economic diversity, bad schools).