El Paso dropped a spot in the rankings of the nation’s most populous cities in 2022, coming in at 22nd, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.
The population within El Paso’s city limits was estimated at 677,456 as of July 1, 2022, down more than 1,000 people in a year, according to the estimates.
El Paso swapped places in the population rankings with Nashville-Davidson County in Tennessee, which was 22nd in 2021 and moved up to 21st in 2022.
The estimated population in the city of El Paso has declined both years since the 2020 census, when the population was recorded at 679,697. El Paso was among nine of the 25 most populous cities from 2021 that saw its population decline in 2022, according to the estimates.
Census Bureau population estimates have shown the number of people living in the El Paso city limits has been flat to slightly down each year since 2016.
The Census Bureau releases population estimates each year for counties and incorporated cities in the United States. County population estimates released earlier this year showed the population of El Paso County was 868,763 as of July 1, 2022. That was an increase of 677 people over the previous year.
Smaller incorporated cities in El Paso County have grown since the 2020 census, led by Socorro, where the number of residents in 2022 was estimated at 37,772. Socorro has added more than 3,400 people since the April 1, 2020, census, including more than 1,500 last year, according to the estimates.
New Mexico incorporated cities near El Paso have generally seen growth since the 2020 census, with the exception of Anthony. The population of Sunland Park, adjacent to West El Paso, has grown by more than 4% in the two years since the census.
The population of Las Cruces grew by more than 1,000 between 2021 and 2022, mirroring El Paso’s population decline in that period.