10 Cities In New Mexico With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 27,448 – 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 2018:

  1. Albuquerque (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Corrales (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Socorro (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Las Cruces (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Gallup (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Alamogordo (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Rio Rancho (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Clovis (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Artesia (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Santa Fe (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in New Mexico had the largest Asian population?

Albuquerque took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in New Mexico for 2018. 2.46% of Albuquerque 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 2018

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 2012-2016 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 2.5% 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. Albuquerque took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Sunland Park 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.

1. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Population: 556,859
% Asian: 2.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,716
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.89%
More on Albuquerque: Write A Review | Data | JobsAlbuquerque 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.

2. Corrales

Corrales, New Mexico

Population: 8,474
% Asian: 1.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 166
Percent Change Since 2010: 155.38%
More on Corrales: Write A Review | Data | JobsCorrales 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.

3. Socorro

Socorro, New Mexico

Population: 8,760
% Asian: 1.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 165
Percent Change Since 2010: -29.79%
More on Socorro: Write A Review | Data | JobsSocorro 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.

4. Las Cruces

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 101,459
% Asian: 1.87%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,900
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.8%
More on Las Cruces: Write A Review | Data | JobsLas 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.

5. Gallup

Gallup, New Mexico

Population: 22,523
% Asian: 1.87%
# Of Asian Residents: 421
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.64%
More on Gallup: Write A Review | Data | JobsGallup 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.

6. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 31,201
% Asian: 1.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 567
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.23%
More on Alamogordo: Write A Review | Data | JobsAlamogordo 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.

7. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 92,966
% Asian: 1.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,390
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.88%
More on Rio Rancho: Write A Review | Data | JobsRio 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.

8. Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico

Population: 39,461
% Asian: 1.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 550
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.18%
More on Clovis: Write A Review | Data | JobsClovis 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.

9. Artesia

Artesia, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,817
% Asian: 1.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 161
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Artesia: Write A Review | Data | JobsArtesia is a city in Eddy County, New Mexico, United States, centered at the intersection of U.S. Route 82 and U.S. Route 285; the two highways serve as the city’s Main Street and First Street, respectively. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,301.

10. Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Population: 82,927
% Asian: 1.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,025
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.73%
More on Santa Fe: Write A Review | Data | JobsSanta Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state and the seat of Santa Fe County.

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. Sunland Park
  2. Lovington
  3. Bloomfield

For more New Mexico reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Mexico

City Rank % Asian Population
Albuquerque 1 2.46% 556,859
Corrales 2 1.96% 8,474
Socorro 3 1.88% 8,760
Las Cruces 4 1.87% 101,459
Gallup 5 1.87% 22,523
Alamogordo 6 1.82% 31,201
Rio Rancho 7 1.5% 92,966
Clovis 8 1.39% 39,461
Artesia 9 1.36% 11,817
Santa Fe 10 1.24% 82,927
Tucumcari 11 1.02% 5,091
Las Vegas 12 1.0% 13,570
Los Lunas 13 0.98% 15,271
Roswell 14 0.96% 48,407
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 15 0.89% 6,069
Ruidoso 16 0.88% 7,833
Farmington 17 0.75% 44,067
Taos 18 0.68% 5,735
Grants 19 0.62% 9,263
Portales 20 0.61% 12,275
Deming 21 0.56% 14,582
Bernalillo 22 0.46% 8,676
Truth Or Consequences 23 0.44% 6,157
Raton 24 0.35% 6,348
Carlsbad 25 0.27% 28,079
Aztec 26 0.25% 6,354
Hobbs 27 0.22% 36,863
Belen 28 0.21% 7,184
Silver City 29 0.14% 10,103
Bloomfield 30 0.07% 7,565
Lovington 31 0.0% 11,559
Sunland Park 32 0.0% 15,588

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