New Mexico Geographic Mobility Demographics and Statistics

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The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates on geographic mobility each year. Mobility measures key components of migration patterns: how many people have moved to new homes in the past year, and from where, broken down further by demographics and other characteristics. 

Unlike the Census, which is an exact count of people and households every ten years, ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. The ACS asks two questions about migration and geographic mobility. The population question asks about the household’s residence one year ago. The housing question asks for the year that the household moved into the housing unit.

How many New Mexico residents recently moved to new homes and from how far away?

How old are the newcomers to New Mexico?

Nationally, recent movers tend to be younger than long-time residents. This chart compares the median ages of long-term and new residents in New Mexico, as well as the overall median ages of each category throughout the United States. 

Note: Use the time-slider beneath the chart to see data for other years.

Median Age by County for New Residents

The maps below display the median age of out-of-county newcomers (left) and out-of-state newcomers (right) for each county in New Mexico. Hover over a county to see its value. 

Median Age: Out-of-County 

Median Age: Out-of-State 

How much money do new New Mexico residents make?

This chart shows the median incomes for new and long-term residents in New Mexico, compared with the median income for each category of residents throughout the United States. 

Median Income by County for New Residents

The maps below display the median income of out-of-county newcomers (left) and out-of-state newcomers (right) for each county in New Mexico. Hover over a county to see its value.

Median Income: Out-of-County 

Median Income: Out-of-State