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


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in New Mexico that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2019

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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 Hispanic/Latino population.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted New Mexico? Where cities and towns in New Mexico have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?

Turns out there’s been a 9.0% increase in the Hispanic population in New Mexico.

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

  1. Sunland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Deming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lovington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bernalillo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Tucumcari (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Belen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Las Cruces (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Raton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Socorro (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Sunland Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in New Mexico for 2019.

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 Hispanic, 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 Hispanic 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 Hispanic or Latino.

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 Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 95.3% to 23.8%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Sunland Park took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Aztec was the least Hispanic or Latino city.

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

Sunland Park, NM

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Population: 16,051
% Hispanic/Latino: 95.29%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 15,295
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.07%
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Sunland Park is a city in southern Doa Ana County, New Mexico, United States, on the borders of Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua, with Ciudad Jurez adjoining it on the south and El Paso, Texas on the east. The community of Santa Teresa adjoins it on the northwest. The population of Sunland Park was 14,106 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 15,400 by the United States Census Bureau in 2014. Though it lies adjacent to El Paso, being in Doa Ana County makes it a part of the Las Cruces metropolitan statistical area. Las Cruces is 42 miles to the north.

Las Vegas, NM

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Population: 13,445
% Hispanic/Latino: 78.04%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 10,493
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.34%
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Las Vegas is a city in and the county seat of San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Once two separate municipalities both named Las Vegas, west Las Vegas and east Las Vegas, separated by the Gallinas River, retain distinct characters and separate, rival school districts. The population was 14,565 at the 2000 census. Las Vegas, NM is located 110 miles south of Raton, New Mexico, 65 miles east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 122 miles northeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 257 miles south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 326 miles south of Denver, Colorado.

Deming, NM

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Population: 14,339
% Hispanic/Latino: 71.62%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 10,269
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.52%
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Deming is a city in Luna County, New Mexico, United States, located 60 miles west of Las Cruces and thirty-three miles north of the Mexican border. The population was 14,855 according to the 2010 census. Deming is the county seat and principal community of Luna County.

Lovington, NM

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Population: 11,558
% Hispanic/Latino: 71.15%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 8,224
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.94%
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Bernalillo, NM

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Population: 8,991
% Hispanic/Latino: 63.24%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 5,686
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.87%
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Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 8,320. It is the county seat of Sandoval County.

Tucumcari, NM

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Population: 5,004
% Hispanic/Latino: 62.19%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,112
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.18%
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Tucumcari is a city in and the county seat of Quay County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 5,363 at the 2010 census. Tucumcari was founded in 1901, two years before Quay County was founded.

Belen, NM

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Population: 7,125
% Hispanic/Latino: 59.94%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,271
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.97%
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Belen is the second most populous city in Valencia County, New Mexico, United States, after its county seat Los Lunas. The population was 7,152 in 2015 census data.

Las Cruces, NM

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Population: 101,014
% Hispanic/Latino: 58.6%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 59,199
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.87%
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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.

Raton, NM

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Population: 6,249
% Hispanic/Latino: 58.38%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,648
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.37%
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Raton is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. The city is located just south of Raton Pass.

Socorro, NM

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Population: 8,608
% Hispanic/Latino: 58.28%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 5,017
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.84%
More on Socorro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

There You Have It – Hispanic or Latino Populations Across New Mexico

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

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

  1. Aztec
  2. Ruidoso
  3. Farmington

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In New Mexico

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Sunland Park 95.29% 16,051
2 Las Vegas 78.04% 13,445
3 Deming 71.62% 14,339
4 Lovington 71.15% 11,558
5 Bernalillo 63.24% 8,991
6 Tucumcari 62.19% 5,004
7 Belen 59.94% 7,125
8 Las Cruces 58.6% 101,014
9 Raton 58.38% 6,249
10 Socorro 58.28% 8,608
11 Hobbs 56.87% 37,427
12 Roswell 56.84% 48,163
13 Los Lunas 56.18% 15,258
14 Santa Fe 54.65% 82,980
15 Silver City 53.14% 9,882
16 Grants 49.85% 9,094
17 Albuquerque 48.54% 556,718
18 Artesia 48.05% 11,842
19 Carlsbad 47.2% 28,393
20 Taos 45.65% 5,687
21 Clovis 44.09% 39,255
22 Portales 43.69% 12,123
23 Rio Rancho 40.65% 93,317
24 Bloomfield 37.43% 8,039
25 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 35.84% 6,097
26 Gallup 34.66% 22,063
27 Alamogordo 34.42% 30,963
28 Corrales 28.71% 8,463
29 Truth Or Consequences 28.05% 6,029
30 Farmington 24.91% 45,857
31 Ruidoso 24.64% 7,740
32 Aztec 23.81% 6,635

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