These Are The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico


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 33 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. Taos (Photos)
  10. Portales (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.

You can also check out the whitest places in New Mexico for a look at the opposite side of the coin.

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How We Determined The Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico

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 2011-2015 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 33 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 2955 (Gallup) to 9653 (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: 22,467
HHI: 2,955
% White: 23.81%
% African American: 1.56%
% Asian: 1.85%

2. Bloomfield

Bloomfield, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,735
HHI: 3,216
% White: 38.81%
% African American: 0.54%
% Asian: 0.14%

3. Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,865
HHI: 3,527
% White: 49.79%
% African American: 0.86%
% Asian: 0.61%

4. Grants

Grants, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,243
HHI: 3,904
% White: 25.93%
% African American: 1.68%
% Asian: 0.69%

5. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 556,092
HHI: 3,979
% White: 40.92%
% African American: 2.88%
% Asian: 2.45%

6. Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,466
HHI: 4,042
% White: 47.83%
% African American: 6.39%
% Asian: 1.39%

7. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 91,807
HHI: 4,233
% White: 51.24%
% African American: 2.67%
% Asian: 1.6%

8. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,198
HHI: 4,245
% White: 55.29%
% African American: 5.39%
% Asian: 1.7%

9. Taos

Taos, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,711
HHI: 4,290
% White: 44.83%
% African American: 0.28%
% Asian: 0.96%

10. Portales

Portales, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,416
HHI: 4,310
% White: 48.46%
% African American: 3.25%
% Asian: 0.82%

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. Las Vegas

For more New Mexico reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico

City Rank HHI Population
Gallup 1 2,955 22,467
Bloomfield 2 3,216 7,735
Farmington 3 3,527 44,865
Grants 4 3,904 9,243
Albuquerque 5 3,979 556,092
Clovis 6 4,042 39,466
Rio Rancho 7 4,233 91,807
Alamogordo 8 4,245 31,198
Taos 9 4,290 5,711
Portales 10 4,310 12,416
Hobbs 11 4,427 36,191
Los Lunas 12 4,529 15,281
Santa Fe 13 4,540 83,008
Socorro 14 4,564 8,843
Artesia 15 4,573 11,641
Las Cruces 16 4,581 101,164
Carlsbad 17 4,600 27,592
Tucumcari 18 4,616 5,157
Roswell 19 4,647 48,553
Silver City 20 4,760 10,184
Belen 21 4,830 7,209
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 22 4,893 6,067
Corrales 23 5,003 8,455
Bernalillo 24 5,005 8,522
Raton 25 5,120 6,493
Aztec 26 5,132 6,501
Ruidoso 27 5,289 7,884
Truth Or Consequences 28 5,370 6,266
Deming 29 5,647 14,667
Lovington 30 5,988 11,499
Las Vegas 31 6,157 13,713
Sunland Park 32 9,129 15,142
Anthony 33 9,653 9,429

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