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Eddy County has highest growth rate in New Mexico

Eddy County saw steady growth over the last decade, gaining over 8,400 people since 2010 according to local area 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.  

According to the U.S. Census data, Eddy County grew 15.8 percent, the highest growth rate in the state, with a total population of 62,314 as of 2020. Eddy County’s population in 2010 was 53,829 according to the U.S. Census. 

The city of Carlsbad saw the largest growth in the county, 5,900 of the 8,400 new people in Eddy County reside in the city. 

Carlsbad’s population went from 26,251 people in 2010 to 32,238 in 2020, Census data shows. 

Neighboring Lea County saw similar growth at a rate of 15 percent, going from 64,726 people in the 2010 Census to 74,455 in the 2020 Census.