10 Cities In New Mexico With The Largest Native American Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in New Mexico with the largest Native American population.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in New Mexico with the largest Native American population.

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There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:

  1. White
  2. Hispanic
  3. 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?

Here are the 10 cities in New Mexico with the largest Native American population in 2019:

  1. Gallup (Photos)
  2. Bloomfield (Photos)
  3. Farmington (Photos)
  4. Grants (Photos)
  5. Bernalillo (Photos)
  6. Aztec (Photos)
  7. Socorro (Photos)
  8. Belen (Photos)
  9. Taos (Photos)
  10. Albuquerque (Photos)

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.

And if you already knew these places were Native American, check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the most diverse places in New Mexico.

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

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*
* Not Hispanic or latino

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, NM

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Population: 22,063
% Native American: 37.37%
# Of Native American Residents: 8,244
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.27%
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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, NM

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Population: 8,039
% Native American: 24.51%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,970
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.01%
More on Bloomfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NM

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Population: 45,857
% Native American: 24.47%
# Of Native American Residents: 11,219
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.89%
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NM

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Population: 9,094
% Native American: 17.56%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,597
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.64%
More on Grants: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NM

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Population: 8,991
% Native American: 8.31%
# Of Native American Residents: 747
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.22%
More on Bernalillo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Aztec, NM

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Population: 6,635
% Native American: 7.78%
# Of Native American Residents: 516
Percent Change Since 2010: -52.13%
More on Aztec: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Socorro, NM

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Population: 8,608
% Native American: 7.42%
# Of Native American Residents: 639
Percent Change Since 2010: 112.29%
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.

Review Of New Mexico by HomeSnacks User

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, NM

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Population: 7,125
% Native American: 6.68%
# Of Native American Residents: 476
Percent Change Since 2010: 271.88%
More on Belen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of New Mexico by HomeSnacks User

Belen isnt a bad town.If i had stayed in roswell my kids wouldve been proably in trouble alot. Peer pressure alot there. My kids have there own families and doing great. We lived in belen 12 years great place.

Taos, NM

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Population: 5,687
% Native American: 3.85%
# Of Native American Residents: 219
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.5%
More on Taos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NM

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Population: 556,718
% Native American: 3.83%
# Of Native American Residents: 21,346
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.22%
More on Albuquerque: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Review Of New Mexico by HomeSnacks User

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:

  1. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque
  2. Sunland Park
  3. Lovington

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In New Mexico?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Gallup 37.37% 22,063
2 Bloomfield 24.51% 8,039
3 Farmington 24.47% 45,857
4 Grants 17.56% 9,094
5 Bernalillo 8.31% 8,991
6 Aztec 7.78% 6,635
7 Socorro 7.42% 8,608
8 Belen 6.68% 7,125
9 Taos 3.85% 5,687
10 Albuquerque 3.83% 556,718
11 Artesia 2.3% 11,842
12 Ruidoso 2.11% 7,740
13 Truth Or Consequences 2.01% 6,029
14 Los Lunas 1.93% 15,258
15 Rio Rancho 1.93% 93,317
16 Corrales 1.87% 8,463
17 Las Vegas 1.84% 13,445
18 Silver City 1.74% 9,882
19 Santa Fe 1.49% 82,980
20 Tucumcari 1.42% 5,004
21 Alamogordo 1.25% 30,963
22 Raton 1.15% 6,249
23 Hobbs 0.98% 37,427
24 Las Cruces 0.92% 101,014
25 Roswell 0.83% 48,163
26 Deming 0.82% 14,339
27 Portales 0.65% 12,123
28 Clovis 0.59% 39,255
29 Carlsbad 0.46% 28,393
30 Lovington 0.19% 11,558
31 Sunland Park 0.11% 16,051
32 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 0.0% 6,097

About Chris Kolmar

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