These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico For 2019


We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in New Mexico.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the most diverse places in New Mexico.


Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven’t dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it’s not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of New Mexico where there’s a high level of diversity — where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 34 cities in New Mexico from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in New Mexico for 2019:

  1. Gallup (Photos)
  2. Farmington (Photos)
  3. Bloomfield (Photos)
  4. Grants (Photos)
  5. Albuquerque (Photos)
  6. Clovis (Photos)
  7. Rio Rancho (Photos)
  8. Alamogordo (Photos)
  9. Socorro (Photos)
  10. Portales (Photos)

So what city is the most diverse in New Mexico? According to the most Census data, Gallup took the number one over all spot for diversity in New Mexico.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where New Mexico ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

How we determined the most diverse cities in New Mexico 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:

  • 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*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 34 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 3,072 (Gallup) to 9,450 (Anthony).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Gallup took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Anthony was the least diverse city.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Places In New Mexico For 2019

Gallup, NM

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 22,063

HHI: 3,072
% White: 21.4%
% African American: 1.2%
% Asian: 2.0%
More on Gallup: PhotosData

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.

Farmington, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 45,857

HHI: 3,302
% White: 45.5%
% African American: 1.2%
% Asian: 0.8%
More on Farmington: PhotosData

Farmington is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. As of the 2013 population estimate from the United States Census Bureau the city had a total population of 45,426 people. Farmington makes up one of the four Metropolitan Statistical Areas in New Mexico. The U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimate in 2011 for Farmington was about 45,256.

Bloomfield, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,039

HHI: 3,316
% White: 36.2%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Bloomfield: PhotosData

Bloomfield is a city in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Farmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 8,112 at the 2010 census.

Grants, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,094

HHI: 3,592
% White: 28.2%
% African American: 1.4%
% Asian: 0.5%
More on Grants: PhotosData

Grants is a city in Cibola County, New Mexico, United States. It is located about 78 miles west of Albuquerque. The population was 9,182 at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Cibola County.

Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 556,718

HHI: 3,990
% White: 40.0%
% African American: 2.8%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Albuquerque: PhotosData

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.

Clovis, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,255

HHI: 4,068
% White: 45.6%
% African American: 6.2%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Clovis: PhotosData

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.

Rio Rancho, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 93,317

HHI: 4,202
% White: 50.3%
% African American: 2.6%
% Asian: 1.6%
More on Rio Rancho: PhotosData

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.

Alamogordo, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,963

HHI: 4,276
% White: 55.3%
% African American: 4.1%
% Asian: 1.7%
More on Alamogordo: PhotosData

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.

Socorro, NM

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,608

HHI: 4,281
% White: 28.5%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 3.2%
More on Socorro: PhotosData

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.

Portales, NM

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,123

HHI: 4,289
% White: 48.6%
% African American: 4.2%
% Asian: 0.7%
More on Portales: PhotosData

Portales is a city in and the county seat of Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 12,280 at the 2010 census. Portales is located near the larger city of Clovis as well as Cannon Air Force Base, a major contributor to the economy of the region.

There You Have It – Diversity Across New Mexico

If you’re looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across New Mexico, this is an accurate list.

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

  1. Anthony
  2. Sunland Park
  3. Española

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico For 2019

Rank City Population HHI
1 Gallup, NM 22,063 3,072
2 Farmington, NM 45,857 3,302
3 Bloomfield, NM 8,039 3,316
4 Grants, NM 9,094 3,592
5 Albuquerque, NM 556,718 3,990
6 Clovis, NM 39,255 4,068
7 Rio Rancho, NM 93,317 4,202
8 Alamogordo, NM 30,963 4,276
9 Socorro, NM 8,608 4,281
10 Portales, NM 12,123 4,289
11 Taos, NM 5,687 4,329
12 Hobbs, NM 37,427 4,419
13 Los Lunas, NM 15,258 4,529
14 Artesia, NM 11,842 4,531
15 Belen, NM 7,125 4,582
16 Santa Fe, NM 82,980 4,595
17 Silver City, NM 9,882 4,602
18 Carlsbad, NM 28,393 4,615
19 Las Cruces, NM 101,014 4,664
20 Roswell, NM 48,163 4,700
21 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 6,097 4,743
22 Bernalillo, NM 8,991 4,793
23 Aztec, NM 6,635 4,852
24 Tucumcari, NM 5,004 4,912
25 Raton, NM 6,249 4,968
26 Corrales, NM 8,463 5,044
27 Truth Or Consequences, NM 6,029 5,255
28 Ruidoso, NM 7,740 5,341
29 Deming, NM 14,339 5,762
30 Lovington, NM 11,558 5,779
31 Las Vegas, NM 13,445 6,381
32 Española, NM 10,069 7,514
33 Sunland Park, NM 16,051 9,096
34 Anthony, NM 9,397 9,450

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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