Fastest-Growing Cities in New Mexico

New Mexico is famous for a lot of things. There’s the history with Billy the Kid. There’s famous TV shows like Breaking Bad. And, yes, this is the state that is home to the roadrunner. People are flocking to this state for its 300 days of sun a year, but where are they going?

With the help of statistics from the US Census Bureau, here is a look at the top five growing cities in New Mexico based on population.


Located east of Las Cruses near the border, Hobbs saw 7,568 people move there from 2010 to 2020. The city has a population of 38,500 and a median household income of $57,646. It also is a very diverse place with 53% Hispanic and 31% White. While the housing market stays hot, the average home last month in Hobbs sold for $265,000. Largest employers in Hobbs are mining and retail.


Located near the border of Mexico, Las Cruses saw a 19.9% jump in population over the last decade. There were 18,488 people who moved there during that period.

There are 103,000 people in the city. The average household income is $45,140.

Las Cruces is a very diverse place with 53% Hispanic and 33% White. The average home there sold for $152,000 last month. Health care and education are the largest fields for jobs. Cost of living in Las Cruces is slightly less than the national average.

The weather is great here. July is the hottest month with an average high of 95 degrees.


The capitol of the state is famous for many things, including its city square.

Santa Fe is located in the northern part of the state.

The city also saw the largest population increase in the state among its four largest cities. There were 19,917 people who moved there in the last decade, according to the US Census. That’s a 29.5% increase. The average household income in Santa Fe is $57,274, and the average home sold for $578,000.

It is a very diverse city with 48% Hispanic and 39.9% White. The reason people also move here is the sunny days. The hottest month is July with an average temperature of 86 degrees.

Santa Fe does have a lot of jobs with health care leading the way. It also is not far from Albuquerque, the state’s largest city.


This city is part of the sprawling Albuquerque area. In the last decade 22,900 people moved there, and that’s a 28.9% increase. The city also has one of the higher household incomes in the state with an average of $66,733. The average home sold for $340,000 last month. Like the state, Rio Rancho is a very diverse place with 47.8% White and 36.6% Hispanic. Health care is the largest field for jobs, and almost 80% of people own a home.


While Bugs Bunny famously claimed he made a wrong turn here, the city is booming. Over the last decade 33,156 people have moved here. That’s a 6.2% increase for the state’s largest city that has 564,559 people. The average income here is $53,936, and the average home sold for $307,000 in 2022.

The city is diverse with 38.3% White and 41% Hispanic. Health care and retail are the largest employers. With such a large city there are plenty of things to do here!

If you are moving to the Las Cruces area, make sure you are using a trusted and established moving company. Give Las Cruses Moving & Storage a call at 800-527-6821.

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