These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico For 2018


We used data and science to determine the 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’s a look at the top ten:

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

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 the best places to live in New Mexico or the worst places to live in New Mexico.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico 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:

  • 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 3062 (Gallup) to 9680 (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.

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1. Gallup

Gallup, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,523
HHI: 3,062
% White: 22.14%
% African American: 1.02%
% Asian: 1.87%

2. Bloomfield

Bloomfield, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,565
HHI: 3,229
% White: 36.11%
% African American: 0.0%
% Asian: 0.07%

3. Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,067
HHI: 3,471
% White: 48.44%
% African American: 0.5%
% Asian: 0.75%

4. Grants

Grants, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,263
HHI: 3,587
% White: 27.72%
% African American: 0.99%
% Asian: 0.62%

5. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 556,859
HHI: 3,981
% White: 40.63%
% African American: 2.83%
% Asian: 2.46%

6. Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,461
HHI: 4,107
% White: 47.49%
% African American: 6.04%
% Asian: 1.39%

7. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,966
HHI: 4,204
% White: 50.61%
% African American: 2.72%
% Asian: 1.5%

8. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,201
HHI: 4,300
% White: 55.98%
% African American: 4.64%
% Asian: 1.82%

9. Portales

Portales, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,275
HHI: 4,391
% White: 49.4%
% African American: 3.27%
% Asian: 0.61%

10. Taos

Taos, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,735
HHI: 4,403
% White: 47.71%
% African American: 0.24%
% Asian: 0.68%

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

City Rank HHI Population
Gallup 1 3,062 22,523
Bloomfield 2 3,229 7,565
Farmington 3 3,471 44,067
Grants 4 3,587 9,263
Albuquerque 5 3,981 556,859
Clovis 6 4,107 39,461
Rio Rancho 7 4,204 92,966
Alamogordo 8 4,300 31,201
Portales 9 4,391 12,275
Taos 10 4,403 5,735
Socorro 11 4,455 8,760
Hobbs 12 4,483 36,863
Los Lunas 13 4,526 15,271
Carlsbad 14 4,552 28,079
Santa Fe 15 4,586 82,927
Las Cruces 16 4,621 101,459
Silver City 17 4,622 10,103
Artesia 18 4,650 11,817
Bernalillo 19 4,652 8,676
Roswell 20 4,683 48,407
Tucumcari 21 4,687 5,091
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 22 4,827 6,069
Belen 23 4,842 7,184
Raton 24 4,985 6,348
Corrales 25 5,056 8,474
Aztec 26 5,094 6,354
Ruidoso 27 5,112 7,833
Truth Or Consequences 28 5,267 6,157
Lovington 29 5,638 11,559
Deming 30 5,857 14,582
Las Vegas 31 6,137 13,570
Española 32 7,605 10,159
Sunland Park 33 9,062 15,588
Anthony 34 9,680 9,459

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