Where did they go?
Las Vegas and San Miguel County have fewer residents than 10 years ago, according to 2010 census figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Mora County, Wagon Mound and Pecos also saw a drop in their populations.
Indeed, many of New Mexico’s rural areas remained stagnant or lost population while the state’s urban areas like Rio Rancho grew during that period.
The state actually grew by more than 240,000 people over the past decade, with more than 2 million people living here.