City population up 6.8%

March 18, 2011 • Local News

U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday for New Mexico reveals that although Chaves County didn’t witness a loss of population from 2000, its modest growth falls short of booms witnessed in other areas of the state — especially considering that Roswell is the state’s fifth most populated city.

Roswell’s 6.8 percent population increase wasn’t enough to push the city over the 50,000 mark that many local officials were hoping for, and it also paled in comparison with other city and county growth in the state.

Only Santa Fe, with a 9.2 percent bump from 2000, hovers near the same level of growth as Roswell. Sandoval County’s population jumped more than 46 percent and Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, both hit nearly a 20 percent increase in population.

Chaves County grew by 6.9 percent. Rio Rancho, New Mexico’s third most populous city, witnessed a little more than 69 percent growth.

Albuquerque, the most populous, saw a nearly 22 percent increase and Las Cruces, the second largest city in the state, increased by about 31 percent. Even more, the new data show that more than 10 percent of homes in Roswell are vacant. With a total of 19,743 housing units, Login to read more

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