ERIC Number: ED055691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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New Mexico's Urban and Rural Population.
More than two-thirds of New Mexico's population live in places classified as urban by the Bureau of the Census. The state remained rural longer than did the United States as a whole, but by 1970 the proportion of the total population living in urban areas in New Mexico had increased to 69.8%, not much below the national percentage of 73.5. Urbanization in New Mexico was particularly rapid in the 1950's; the proportion of urban people in the total population increased 15.7%, nearly 3 times the rate of increase for the United States. In the 1960's, urbanization in the state took place at a much slower rate, only 3.9%. The urban-rural distribution of New Mexico's population in 1970 varied considerably from county to county. Nine counties had no urban population; in 6 counties, less than half of the population was urban; of the 17 counties with over half of the population urban, 10 had urban population percentages above the state average. In 1950, the Federal census for the first time showed a numerical as well as a percentage decline in the rural population. The numerical decline has continued since. The rural population loss, however, was not uniform throughout New Mexico. Twenty-three counties lost rural population in the 1960's, but the other 9 counties had increases, some of which were quite substantial. Approximately three-fifths of the population centers with 2,500 or more inhabitants lost population during the 1960's. (Author/JH)
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico