County may see increase in population

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Population projections show Quay County taking a slight dip by 2020, according to the New Mexico Selected Health Statistics 2005 published this year.

From 2004 to 2005, Quay County had little change in its population with a total of 10,106 down just three in 2005.
Yet, it is the “causes of change” (such as births vs deaths) that showed a larger gap, with births dropping to a minus 82. In other words, deaths far exceeded births.

The study’s population projections show that the number of people in 2010 will total 10,030 and drop in 2020 to 9,659.

“I think they’re wrong,” said Patrick Vanderpool, executive director of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp.

We won’t see the real picture until the 2010 census figures are released, he said.

The current data is based on the 2000 census and doesn’t take into account the recent development, “that I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said Vanderpool who arrived in June.

Not taken into consideration are the city’s two new truck stops, hotel development, Ute Lake Ranch between Logan and Tucumcari, and the potential for Mesalands Community College’s wind institute, Vanderpool said.

“When the census is done in 2010, I think we’ll see a reversal in that trend. It may not be as much as we want it to be but I think it’ll be up. We all would like to see the population stay over 10,000,” Vanderpool said.

Quay County Population 2005, both sexes

Number Percent
All Ages 10,106 100.0

Under 1 Year 114 1.1
1 to 4 years 421 4.2
5 to 14 years 1,183 11.7
15 to 17 years 485 4.8
18 to 19 years 204 2.0
20 to 24 years 651 6.4
25 to 34 years 901 8.9
35 to 44 years 1,159 11.5
45 to 54 years 1,517 15.0
55 to 64 years 1,458 14.4
65 to 74 years 1,061 10.5
75 to 84 years 667 6.6
85 years 285 2.8
and older