Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Doña Ana County residents enjoy plenty of space to roam

Most locals are surprised to learn that Doña Ana County and Los Angeles County are roughly the same size – each of them covers an area of ​​approximately 4,000 square miles. Locals are even more surprised to learn how lucky they are to have so much room to roam compared to their Southern California counterparts.

Doña Ana County measures 3,807 square miles and has a population of just over 220,000 people, according to the latest estimates by the US Census Bureau. That corresponds to about 56 inhabitants per square kilometer. By comparison, Los Angeles County, with its 10,014,009 residents, has 2,466 people in each of its 4,061 square miles.

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While that sounds like a lot of people crowding into a county the size of Doña Ana, the residents of LA County’s compared to the 1,654,251 residents of New York County, New York – the area of Manhattan – pretty good where the occupancy rate is 115,402 citizens per 23 square miles. Closer to home, the 1,162 square miles of Bernalillo County, Albuquerque region, have 676,444 new Mexicans, or approximately 582 people per square mile. Each square mile covers 640 acres.

According to the Census Bureau, owner-occupiers make up about 63.1 percent of the 89,049 residential units in Doña Ana County, up from 65.4 percent six years ago. In Bernalillo County, 63.0 percent of the population owns a home. Just under 45.8 percent of LA County’s residents own what they call home, while a little less than one in four New York Counties owns title deeds for the real estate they inhabit.

New York County’s residents brought home the most bacon, with an average income of $ 86,553 per household. In the median, half earn more and the other less. The median income for a household in LA County was $ 68,044. Family units in the Bernalillo District made approximately $ 53,329 and households in the Doña Ana District made $ 40,973.

The New Mexico inbound migration trend peaked in 2009 when this year’s United Van Line New Mexico annual migration study ranked New Mexico 8th among inbound resettlements. According to the Census Bureau, there was a decrease of 9,750 people between April 2010 and July 2013. In 2014, the Land of Enchantment again reached # 8 status in the United Van Line study – this time, however, because the number of people leaving the state exceeded the number of immigrants. In fact, New Mexico was one of only six states to lose population in 2014.

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Between July 2014 and July 2015 there was a further decrease of 458 inhabitants. The status of New Mexico, which has been struggling to attract population ever since, improved over the next two years. The relocation study found that our state fell to 20th in the 2016 emigration study and 22nd in the 2017 report. In 2018, 3,509 more people left the state than they moved in.

The double blow of our population decline and the recession caused by the housing market collapse in 2007-2008 (depending on where you live) resulted in a downward trend in closed house sales across the state. In Las Cruces, the decline finally bottomed out in 2011 before starting to rise again in 2012. Annual sales have grown steadily since then, with 2,317 sales completed in 2020 representing the best year of production on record.

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Gary Sandler is a full time real estate agent and the owner of Gary Sandler Inc., Realtors in Las Cruces. He is happy to answer questions and can be reached at 575-642-2292 or [email protected]

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