There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:
- African American
But those are only the major races, there’s a whole bunch of other races people are interested in knowing about.
And today, we are going to look at the percent of the population in New Mexico that are Native American.
Native Americans are not a major portion of the current American Population, but they are still very important.
There are now over 2 million people who identify as Native American living in America, making up .65% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population in New Mexico is 181,382 – at 8.7% of the total population of New Mexico.
So, what how does the Native American population stratify across New Mexico? Which cities and towns in New Mexico have seen the greatest increase in their Native American population?
Which city in New Mexico had the largest Native American population?
Gallup took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in New Mexico for 2019. 37.37% of Gallup identify as Native American.
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.
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How We Determined The Cities In New Mexico With The Largest Native American 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*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as American Indian and Alaska Native alone.
We limited our analysis to places with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 32 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 37.37% to 0.0%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of American Indian and Alaska Native population with a higher score being more American Indian and Alaska Native than a lower score. Gallup took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Los Ranchos De Albuquerque was the least Native American city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in New Mexico ranked by population of American Indian and Alaska Native residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I live in Socorro and we really enjoy going to TorC to soak in the waters or to go antiquing. It’s a quirky, yet charming little place. I was surprised Socorro did not make this list. Our drug problem is just awful. It’s not a very pretty town. Our city council bows to the mayor who is just setting up his own life for when he retires. There’s not a whole lot of pride going on here; no pride in mothers and fathers caring for their kids, no pride in homes, no pride in school life… G*d bless the people that try out here. There’s more scuzzy people that ruin it for everyone else than there are quality people that try to make Socorro nice.
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.
Taos is a town in Taos County in the north-central region of New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, incorporated in 1934. As of the 2010 census, its population was 5,716. Other nearby communities include Ranchos de Taos, Caon, Taos Canyon, Ranchitos, El Prado, and Arroyo Seco. The town is close to Taos Pueblo, the Native American village and tribe from which it takes its name.
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.
There is a lot of outdoor stuff to do, including hiking, biking, walking, ballooning, etc. Schools are not as good as other areas of the country, but the food and the weather cannot be beat. The cost of living is lower in Albuquerque than in other areas of the country.
The weather is incredible. I miss the Albuquerque skies.
There You Have It – Native American Populations Across New Mexico
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Native American populations across New Mexico according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Native American places in New Mexico:
- Los Ranchos De Albuquerque
- Sunland Park
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What Are The Most Native American Places In New Mexico?
|Rank||City||% Native American|
|13||Truth Or Consequences||2.01%|
|32||Los Ranchos De Albuquerque||0.0%|