These Are The 10 New Mexico Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in New Mexico with the largest Asian population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in New Mexico with the largest Asian population.

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise “most of the minority”. We’re not totally sure that’s a term, but it’s an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a “minority of the minority”, generally.

But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in New Mexico is 28,005 – at 1.3% of the total population of New Mexico.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups — Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across New Mexico? Which cities and towns in New Mexico have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in New Mexico with the largest Asian population in 2019:

  1. Socorro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Albuquerque (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Gallup (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Corrales (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Alamogordo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Las Cruces (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Rio Rancho (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Clovis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Ruidoso (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in New Mexico had the largest Asian population?

Socorro took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in New Mexico for 2019. 3.24% of Socorro identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where New Mexico ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the most diverse places in New Mexico.

How We Determined The Cities In New Mexico With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across New Mexico.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 32 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.2% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Socorro took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Lovington was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New Mexico ranked by population of Asian residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Socorro, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,608
% Asian: 3.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 279
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.72%
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Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is in the Rio Grande Valley at an elevation of 4,579 feet. In 2012 the population was 8,906. It is the county seat of Socorro County. Socorro is located 74 miles south of Albuquerque and 146 miles north of Las Cruces.

Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 556,718
% Asian: 2.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,214
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.67%
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Albuquerque AL-b-kur-kee; Navajo: Beeeldl Dahsinil ) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico. The high-elevation city serves as the county seat of Bernalillo County, and it is situated in the north central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population is 559,277 as of the July 1, 2016 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau, and ranks as the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. The Albuquerque metropolitan statistical area has a population of 909,906 according to the United States Census Bureau’s most recently available estimate for 2016. Albuquerque is the 60th-largest United States metropolitan area. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the city of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corrales, Los Lunas, Belen, Bosque Farms, and forms part of the larger Albuquerque-Santa Fe-Las Vegas combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,171,991 as of the July 1, 2016, Census Bureau estimates.

Gallup, NM

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 22,063
% Asian: 1.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 433
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.76%
More on Gallup: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. A substantial percentage of its population is Native American, with residents from the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes. Gallup is the county seat of McKinley County and the most populous city between Flagstaff and Albuquerque, along the historic U.S. Route 66.

Corrales, NM

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,463
% Asian: 1.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 145
Percent Change Since 2010: 123.08%
More on Corrales: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Corrales is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 8,329 at the 2010 Census. With proximity to the Rio Grande, the village was founded for agricultural purposes. The Rio Grande Bosque on the eastern edge of the village provides refuge for native animals and plants. The village fights hard to maintain its rural character in light of being surrounded by the rapidly expanding cities of Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

Alamogordo, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,963
% Asian: 1.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 515
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.28%
More on Alamogordo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. A city in the Tularosa Basin of the Chihuahuan Desert, it is bordered on the east by the Sacramento Mountains and to the west by White Sands National Monument. It is the city nearest to Holloman Air Force Base. The population was 30,403 as of the 2010 census. Alamogordo is known for its connection with the Trinity test, the first explosion of an atomic bomb, and also for the Atari video game burial of 1983.

Las Cruces, NM

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 101,014
% Asian: 1.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,648
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.06%
More on Las Cruces: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Las Cruces, also known as “The City of the Crosses”, is the seat of Doa Ana County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 97,618, and in 2015 the estimated population was 101,643, making it the second largest city in the state, after Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the largest city in both Doa Ana County and southern New Mexico. The Las Cruces metropolitan area had an estimated population of 213,676 in 2014. It is the principal city of a metropolitan statistical area which encompasses all of Doa Ana County and is part of the larger El Paso-Las Cruces combined statistical area.

Rio Rancho, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 93,317
% Asian: 1.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,488
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.63%
More on Rio Rancho: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rio Rancho is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. A small portion of the city extends into northern Bernalillo County. It is the third-largest and also one of the fastest expanding cities in New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, Rio Rancho had a population of 93,820.

Clovis, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 39,255
% Asian: 1.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 575
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.74%
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Clovis is the county seat of Curry County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 37,775 as of the 2010 census, and a 2014 estimated population of 39,860. Clovis is located in the New Mexico portion of the Llano Estacado, in the eastern part of the state.

Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,097
% Asian: 1.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 89
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Ruidoso, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,740
% Asian: 1.32%
# Of Asian Residents: 102
Percent Change Since 2010: 628.57%
More on Ruidoso: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 8,029 at the 2010 census. The city of Ruidoso Downs and the unincorporated area of Alto are suburbs of Ruidoso, and contribute to the Ruidoso Micropolitan Statistical Area’s population of 21,223.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across New Mexico

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across New Mexico according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in New Mexico:

  1. Lovington
  2. Belen
  3. Hobbs

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Mexico

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Socorro 3.24% 8,608
2 Albuquerque 2.55% 556,718
3 Gallup 1.96% 22,063
4 Corrales 1.71% 8,463
5 Alamogordo 1.66% 30,963
6 Las Cruces 1.63% 101,014
7 Rio Rancho 1.59% 93,317
8 Clovis 1.46% 39,255
9 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 1.46% 6,097
10 Ruidoso 1.32% 7,740
11 Artesia 1.32% 11,842
12 Santa Fe 1.27% 82,980
13 Las Vegas 1.18% 13,445
14 Truth Or Consequences 0.96% 6,029
15 Los Lunas 0.9% 15,258
16 Roswell 0.84% 48,163
17 Farmington 0.8% 45,857
18 Portales 0.73% 12,123
19 Deming 0.62% 14,339
20 Tucumcari 0.58% 5,004
21 Taos 0.56% 5,687
22 Grants 0.51% 9,094
23 Carlsbad 0.3% 28,393
24 Bloomfield 0.27% 8,039
25 Silver City 0.21% 9,882
26 Bernalillo 0.2% 8,991
27 Sunland Park 0.19% 16,051
28 Raton 0.16% 6,249
29 Aztec 0.14% 6,635
30 Hobbs 0.03% 37,427
31 Belen 0.0% 7,125
32 Lovington 0.0% 11,558

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