New Mexico Grew Faster Than Most States-Slower than It's Neighbors
Another way to measure a state’s economic situation is to look at population growth. A state’s population usually grows relative to other states when it provides a welcoming environment in which to live, work, and start businesses.
Some factors that affect population growth such as climate and geographic factors lie beyond the human control, but policymakers are responsible for taxes, government spending, and the
intrusiveness of government regulations — all of which have a major impact on where people choose to live.
New Mexico’s population grew at a rate faster than the national average of 9.71% from 2000 to 2011, but again, this rate is below its neighbors.