The 10 New Mexico Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in New Mexico with the largest Asian population.

Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise "most of the minority". We're not totally sure that's a term, but it's an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a "minority of the minority", generally. But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in New Mexico is 30,341 - at 1.5% of the total population of New Mexico.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups -- Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across New Mexico? Which cities and towns in New Mexico have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

Here are the cities in New Mexico with the largest Asian population in 2021:

  1. Socorro
  2. Albuquerque
  3. Gallup
  4. Las Cruces
  5. Alamogordo
  6. Rio Rancho
  7. Truth or Consequences
  8. Clovis
  9. Corrales
  10. Silver City

Which city in New Mexico had the largest Asian population? Socorro took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in New Mexico for 2021. 6.28% of Socorro identify as Asian.

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 Asian, check out the best places to live in New Mexico or the most diverse places in New Mexico.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In New Mexico For 2021

Socorro, NM

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Population: 8,460
% Asian: 6.28%
# Of Asian Residents: 531
Percent Change Since 2010: 125.96%
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Albuquerque, NM

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Population: 559,374
% Asian: 2.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,619
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.72%
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Gallup, NM

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Population: 21,854
% Asian: 2.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 565
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.14%
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Las Cruces, NM

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Population: 102,102
% Asian: 1.75%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,790
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.06%
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Alamogordo, NM

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Population: 31,384
% Asian: 1.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 546
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.48%
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Rio Rancho, NM

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Population: 96,210
% Asian: 1.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,451
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.7%
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Truth Or Consequences, NM

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Population: 5,894
% Asian: 1.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 83
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Clovis, NM

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Population: 38,891
% Asian: 1.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 542
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.28%
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Corrales, NM

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Population: 8,588
% Asian: 1.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 117
Percent Change Since 2010: 80.0%
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Silver City, NM

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Population: 9,627
% Asian: 1.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 131
Percent Change Since 2010: 84.51%
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How We Determined The Cities In New Mexico With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 31 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 6.3% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Socorro took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Lovington was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - Asian Populations Across New Mexico

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in New Mexico:

  1. Lovington
  2. Artesia
  3. Ruidoso

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Mexico

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Socorro 6.28% 8,460
2 Albuquerque 2.79% 559,374
3 Gallup 2.59% 21,854
4 Las Cruces 1.75% 102,102
5 Alamogordo 1.74% 31,384
6 Rio Rancho 1.51% 96,210
7 Truth Or Consequences 1.41% 5,894
8 Clovis 1.39% 38,891
9 Corrales 1.36% 8,588
10 Silver City 1.36% 9,627
11 Deming 1.24% 14,139
12 Roswell 1.2% 47,941
13 Santa Fe 1.11% 83,922
14 Farmington 1.08% 45,258
15 Hobbs 0.97% 38,375
16 Belen 0.82% 7,403
17 Carlsbad 0.79% 29,158
18 Las Vegas 0.77% 13,176
19 Portales 0.64% 11,854
20 Bloomfield 0.37% 7,846
21 Aztec 0.31% 6,530
22 Sunland Park 0.3% 17,081
23 Taos 0.3% 5,967
24 Grants 0.29% 9,036
25 Bernalillo 0.27% 9,669
26 Los Lunas 0.2% 15,589
27 Raton 0.2% 6,047
28 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 0.2% 6,114
29 Ruidoso 0.17% 7,791
30 Artesia 0.07% 12,262
31 Lovington 0.0% 11,491

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