It’s not a new story or a new trend. New Mexico has struggled with slow or declining population growth in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. And more people are leaving the state than moving in.
“The picture is worse than people think,” Research and Polling president Brian Sanderoff said in a Journal story in 2016, pointing out that 27,000 more people had moved out of the state than moved in from 2010 to 2015.
But the fact this isn’t new doesn’t make it any less important – in fact addressing it is vital, especially given the fact the state is preparing to elect a new governor.
And a new report by Searchlight New Mexico published in the Journal on July 5 ups the ante even more as it focuses on who’s leaving. In short, it’s younger and better-educated people looking for greener economic pastures and perhaps the allure offered by cities like Seattle, Austin and Denver.