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New Mexico’s elderly fastest growing demographic

July 15, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans over age 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population so far this decade, according to the Census Bureau.

That trend is expected to continue in the coming decades and is partly why New Mexico’s population growth is slowing, said University of New Mexico demographer Jack Baker.

The state’s birth rate has been fairly constant and an aging population means there are more deaths each year, which depresses the overall population growth, according to Baker, a senior research scientist in geospatial and population studies.

Those over 65 increased by 12 percent from 2010 to 2013, compared with a national increase of 10 percent, according to Census Bureau estimates released last month.

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