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Age Distribution of the Population by Year, New Mexico, 2007 to 2020

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Why Is This Important?

As New Mexico's population ages, the services required evolve. The growth of New Mexico's age 65 and over population is outpacing that of other states. Importantly, these changing demographics are disproportionately occurring in rural New Mexico. Most of New Mexico's overall population growth is occurring in metropolitan areas while rural populations are stagnant or declining. At the same time, young people are leaving rural communities in favor of metropolitan areas to take advantage of education, employment, and entertainment opportunities. Without commensurate change by the health, long-term care, and support systems in New Mexico, this dramatic shift in New Mexico's demographics may endanger the health of our older adults and especially those older adults living in rural communities.


Age distribution of the New Mexico population over time.

Data Source

New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program.

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Estimated population count by age group

Data Issues

All population estimates apply to July 1 of the selected year. These estimates are considered the most accurate estimates for the state of New Mexico and should match those found on the University of New Mexico Geospatial and Population Studies website. Estimates include decimal fractions. Census tract population estimates were summed to produce County and Small Area population estimates. Population estimate totals may vary due to rounding. Population estimates for previous years are occasionally revised as new information becomes available. When publishing trend data, always be sure that your rates for earlier years match current rates on NM-IBIS that have been calculated with the most up-to-date population estimates.

Health Topic Pages Related to: Population Demographic Characteristics - Age Distribution

Community Health Resources and Links

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Indicator Data Last Updated On 11/04/2021, Published on 02/15/2022
Community Health Assessment Program, Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 S. Saint Francis Drive, P.O. Box 26110, Santa Fe, NM, 87502. Contact Rena Manning at