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New Mexico's population growth over the past decade was a scant 2.8 percent, rising to about 2.097 million people, the U.S. Census Bureau said.

That compares to an overall U.S. population increase of 7.4 percent, more than 331 million people, and an average increase in Western states of 9.2 percent, according to preliminary data from the 2020 census the bureau released Monday (April 26).

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In early August, the U.S Census Bureau announced its decision to cut counting efforts for the 2020 census by a month.

That means Sept. 30 is the new date by which census counts must be completed.

If you haven't yet received your census 2020 questionnaire or respondent code, you're not alone – but it's best to wait until you have the code before you respond.

Beginning March 12, every person of every age in Taos County and around New Mexico can help their community by getting counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. It’s not just an idle exercise.

"Taos County ranks among the most challenging places in the country to get an accurate census count," said Veronica Arzate, senior partnership specialist at the U.S. Census Bureau. "There were 12,000 residents - over a third of the county - who didn't submit the questionnaire in 2010."