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Population

The region has had relatively consistent growth over the past several decades in the range of two percent annually.

Historical Population in the MRCOG Region, 1920 - 2010   

Year MRCOG Region* Average Annual Rate of Growth
1920 56,159  
1930 74,408 2.85
1940 105,779 3.58
1950 179,853 5.45
1960 299,306 5.23
1970 359,303 1.84
1980 493,944 3.23
1990 603,116 2.02
2000 738,714 2.05
2010 897,146 1.96

Sources: U.S. Bureau of the Census and MRCOG

During the 1940's and 50's the region experienced a boom that was related to the expansion of defense spending for World War II and the Cold War. In the 1970's the economy of the area began to diversify with the development of "high-tech" industries which has produced another round of population growth. While the region endured a deep recession during the second half of the last decade, the average annual growth rate remained near 2 percent. 

Historical Population for Counties in the MRCOG Region, 1950 - 2010     

Year Bernalillo County Sandoval County Torrance County Valencia County Southern Santa Fe Regional Total
1950 145,673 12,438 8,012 13,530 200 179,853
1960 262,199 14,201 6,497 16,146 263 299,306
1970 315,774 17,492 5,290 20,451 296 359,303
1980 419,700 34,799 7,491 30,769 1,185 493,944
1990 480,577 63,319 10,285 45,235 3,700 603,116
2000 556,678 89,908 16,911 66,152 9,065 738,714
2010 662,564 131,564 16,383 76,569 10,066 897,146

Sources: US Bureau of the Census and MRCOG

Bernalillo County has historically served as the hub of the region. While this continues to be true, the surrounding counties have also grown substantially over time. In 1950, 80% of the regional population resided in Bernalillo County, and by 2010 that decreased to 74%. Meanwhile the surrounding counties, Sandoval County in particular, have gained increasing shares of the regional population.

Population by County and Municipality, 2000 and 2010  

County & Place 2000 Census Population 2010 Census Population Percent Change
Bernalillo 556,678 662,564 19.0%
Albuquerque 448,607 545,852 21.7%
Los Ranchos de Alb 5,092 6,024 18.3%
Tijeras 474 541 14.1%
Balance of County 102,505 110,147 7.5%
Sandoval 89,908 131,564 46.3%
Bernalillo 6,611 8,320 25.9%
Corrales 7,334 8,329 13.6%
Cuba 590 731 23.9%
Jemez Springs 375 250 -33.3%
Rio Rancho 51,765 87,521 69.1%
San Ysidro 238 193 -18.9%
Balance of County 22,995 26,220 14.0%
Torrance 16,911 16,383 -3.1%
Encino 94 82 -12.8%
Estancia 1,584 1,655 4.5%
Moriarty 1,765 1,910 8.2%
Mountainair 1,116 928 -16.8%
Willard 240 253 5.4%
Balance of County 12,112 11,555 -4.6%
Valencia 66,152 76,569 15.7%
Belen 6,901 7,269 5.3%
Peralta 3,572 3,660 2.5%
Bosque Farms 3,931 3,904 -0.7%
Los Lunas 10,034 14,835 47.8%
Balance of County 45,286 46,901 3.6%
So. Santa Fe 9,065 10,066 11.0%
Edgewood 1,893 3,735 97.3%
Balance of County 7,172 6,331 -11.7%
MRCOG Region 738,714 897,146 21.4%

Source: US Census Bureau.
Note: 
2000 population reflects 2000 boundaries, 2010 population reflects 2010 boundaries. Peralta was not incorporated in 2000, therefore the 2000 population was estimated from 2000 block data using its 2010 incorporated boundary.

2000-2010 Highlights

  • The region added over 158,000 people over the decade. This is the equivalent of adding another Sandoval County, Torrance County and Southern Santa Fe County.
  • At a county level the fastest growth occurred in the Sandoval County, with a population increase of 46 percent between 2000 and 2010.
  • Bernalillo County experienced the largest numeric growth gaining 105,886 people between 2000 and 2010, a 19 percent increase.
  • With a population increase of 97 percent (1,842 residents), the Town of Edgewood was the fastest growing municipality in the region, however this it largely due to a series of annexations throughout the decade.
  • Excluding annexations, the City of Rio Rancho demonstrated the fastest growth, with a population increase of 69 percent (a 35,756 population gain).
  • The village of Los Lunas experienced rapid growth throughout the decade with a population increase of 48 percent (a 4,801 population gain).
 

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