Catron County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County, and Dona Ana County were the top New Mexico counties in terms of percent change between 2020 and 2022.
According to the latest data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which includes updated population estimates through 2022.
Catron County grew the most since 2020, with a 5.98% increase in population. Sandoval County grew by 2.83 % and welcomed 4225 new residents since 2020. About half of both counties' growth occurred between 2021 and 2022.
In addition, Otero County as well as Luna County, De Baca County Lincoln County, Santa Fe County, and Taos County experienced a population increase between 2020 and 2022.
Bernalillo County, on the other hand, has seen a decrease in its population of 4,295 since 2020. This is a change of 0.63%, placing it 15th for population growth in New Mexico.
The National Picture
In the United States, counties with a population of at least 250.000 in 2020 increased by an average of 0.84 percent between 2020 and 2022. The average for all counties was 0.44%.
In all counties, the estimated population grew by 53% between 2020 and 2022.
Experts say that the Covid-19 migration has largely ended, but the trend will have long-term impacts on many metros, particularly in terms of housing, affordability, and workforce.
The Sunbelt has dominated recent migration data and the list of top metros in terms of growth.
Florida accounted for eight of the top fifteen counties in terms of population growth between 2020-2022, with St. Johns County - home to St. Augustine - leading the pack. Five of the 15 counties were in Texas.
Richard Florida, author and urbanist, told us at our Future of Cities event recently that the Sunbelt region's growth will likely affect its affordability in years to come.
He said, 'The Covid relocation era is over.' Prices have skyrocketed in these Covid boomtowns. We hear people saying, "Maybe I need to go north."
Florida has said that it could provide opportunities to places such as Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Cleveland.
He said, 'You are beginning to see people thinking about the Midwest as we have never before thought of it.
Sunbelt dominance is evident when examining the 49 largest counties in the United States, those defined as having populations greater than 1 million. Collin County in Texas, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, is the fastest growing county in the Sunbelt.
Ada County in Idaho, Weld County in Colorado, and Douglas County of Utah County led the way for mountain towns outside the Sunbelt. This growth, however, has created significant challenges for these communities.
The Covid-19 recovery, the increased migration and the rush of tourists to national parks and mountain resorts during this time and the severe labor shortages across the country have all put significant pressure on ski towns in the West.
Lack of inventory and a surge in demand, like in other rapidly growing regions, led to a dramatic increase in housing costs.
Ellie Staley is the executive director of the Downtown Bozeman Partnership, located in Gallatin County, Montana. The population has grown by 4.4% over the past four years.
We've already reported that migration patterns are likely to be of particular importance in the coming years due to demographic changes, declining birth rates, and lower immigration numbers.