Albuquerque, New Mexico | Apr 28, 2021 –
NM Counts 2020 issued the following statement on the results of the US Census Bureau’s initial population count for purposes of apportionment. According to the 2020 Census count, the New Mexico population is 2,120,220 persons. This initial release of state-by-state data by the Census Bureau was done to inform apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Based on this data there is no change in New Mexico’s current allotment of three seats.
“The US Census Bureau’s announcement today that New Mexico’s apportionment population has grown from 2,067,273 to 2,120,220 is vital news for New Mexico. This modest population gain will have a significant impact on our state – more than $2.1 billion in additional federal funding for education, health care, child-care and roads over the next 10 years.”
Importantly, the Census Bureau‘s official count of 2.1 million persons is similar to what population experts within the state estimated the population count would be.
“While the initial population count for New Mexico is encouraging, we and our partners look forward to reviewing the Census Bureau’s future release of demographic, tribal and other specific data to be certain that all communities were counted accurately, especially hard-to-count communities in our state.”
A complete count of New Mexico, one of the nation’s most difficult states to count, is a major accomplishment for individuals and organizations who worked to make sure everyone was counted despite significant challenges brought along, in part, by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal nations, businesses and community ambassadors statewide worked together to ensure everyone in New Mexico was counted. We also recognize the strong leadership of the Governor’s Complete Count Commission and the wise investment into census outreach by the New Mexico legislature.”
About NM Counts 2020
NM Counts 2020 was an outreach campaign supported by a group of New Mexico foundations to help ensure that all New Mexicans were counted in the 2020 Census, especially in the most hard-to-count communities. NM Counts 2020 distributed $881,500 dollars to 83 nonprofit organizations serving immigrants, young children, and the Native American population. NM Counts 2020 also invested $392,425 in coordination efforts to help engage and encourage a complete count. www.nmcounts2020.org