Carlsbad Mayor: Census shows community growing

We received some confirmation on what most of us have known for some time – Carlsbad and Eddy County are booming.

According to a presentation made during a state redistricting meeting Thursday, Eddy County experienced the state’s highest growth rate between 2010 and 2020 with a population change of 15.8 percent. The data indicates that we added 8,485 people over the decade and now have a total population of 62,314. Most 2020 Census data was uploaded on Thursday.

We know there is strong evidence indicating that the total number of people here is usually quite a bit higher – due to a large oil and gas workforce and the fact that oil prices bottomed out when the U.S. Census was completed last spring. However, the 2020 Census numbers for Eddy County still show a strong growth that will help in terms of attracting new businesses and adding political representation.

Lea County showed the state’s second highest growth rate with 15%. In other words, the two counties in New Mexico with the highest population growth are in Southeastern New Mexico.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

We were extremely disappointed in the Census total specific to the City of Carlsbad, which now listed a population of 32,238, up from around 27,000 in 2010.  We are looking into this further, but believe some of the Census’ designations (such as North Carlsbad) weren’t included in our city total, but are part of the greater Carlsbad area. Basically, we have a high number of people who live and work in south Eddy County, but who didn’t count toward our City total.