The 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 2018:
- Sunland Park (Photos)
- Las Vegas (Photos)
- Deming (Photos)
- Lovington (Photos)
- Belen (Photos)
- Bernalillo (Photos)
- Raton (Photos)
- Las Cruces (Photos)
- Hobbs (Photos)
- Tucumcari (Photos)
Sunland Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in New Mexico for 2018.
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.
How We Determined The Cities In New Mexico With The Largest Hispanic 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*
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. The percentages ranked from 95.1% to 23.5%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Sunland Park took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Aztec was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in New Mexico ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
1. Sunland Park
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.
2. Las Vegas
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 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.
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.
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.
Raton is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. The city is located just south of Raton Pass.
8. Las Cruces
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.
Hobbs is a city in Lea County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 34,122 at the 2010 Census, increasing from 28,657 at the 2000 census.
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.
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across New Mexico
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic 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 places in New Mexico:
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