The 10 Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico For 2021

We used data and science to determine the most diverse cities in New Mexico.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the most diverse places in New Mexico.

Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico

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Race relations in America seem to be hitting a tipping point.

While we still haven't dealt with racism as a society, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has only flamed the tensions that have been mounting for years.

Part of the reason for that tension? The country as a whole continues to self segregate across race, income, and party lines. But it's not all bad on the race relations front.

There are parts of New Mexico where there's a high level of diversity -- where people of all walks of life come together. We decided to shine a light on those places today.

Using a standard measure of diversity, we ranked all 33 cities in New Mexico from most to least diverse.

Here are the 10 most diverse places in New Mexico for 2021:

  1. Gallup
  2. Farmington
  3. Bloomfield
  4. Grants
  5. Socorro
  6. Albuquerque
  7. Clovis
  8. Aztec
  9. Rio Rancho
  10. Taos

So what city is the most diverse in New Mexico? According to the most Census data, Gallup took the number one over all spot for diversity in New Mexico.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. To see where New Mexico ranked as a state, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in Ameria.

And if you already knew these places were diverse, check out:

The 10 Most Diverse Places In New Mexico For 2021

Gallup, NM

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 21,854

HHI: 3,163
% White: 20.0%
% African American: 1.5%
% Asian: 2.6%
More on Gallup: PhotosData

Farmington, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 45,258

HHI: 3,207
% White: 43.8%
% African American: 1.3%
% Asian: 1.1%
More on Farmington: PhotosData

Bloomfield, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 7,846

HHI: 3,507
% White: 41.6%
% African American: 0.5%
% Asian: 0.4%
More on Bloomfield: PhotosData

Grants, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 9,036

HHI: 3,527
% White: 28.0%
% African American: 1.0%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Grants: PhotosData

Socorro, NM

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 8,460

HHI: 3,858
% White: 33.7%
% African American: 1.1%
% Asian: 6.3%
More on Socorro: PhotosData

Albuquerque, NM

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 559,374

HHI: 3,969
% White: 38.9%
% African American: 2.8%
% Asian: 2.8%
More on Albuquerque: PhotosData

Clovis, NM

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 38,891

HHI: 4,026
% White: 43.0%
% African American: 5.5%
% Asian: 1.4%
More on Clovis: PhotosData

Aztec, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,530

HHI: 4,070
% White: 56.6%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Aztec: PhotosData

Rio Rancho, NM

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility


Population: 96,210

HHI: 4,152
% White: 49.1%
% African American: 2.8%
% Asian: 1.5%
More on Rio Rancho: PhotosData

Taos, NM

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,967

HHI: 4,214
% White: 51.4%
% African American: 0.2%
% Asian: 0.3%
More on Taos: PhotosData

How we determined the most diverse cities in New Mexico 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:

  • 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*
  • Hispanic or Latino
* Not hispanic or latino

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 33 cities.

We then calculated the HHI for each city by finding the racial breakdown of a city in percent terms, squaring them, and then adding the squares together. This left us with scores ranging from 3,163 (Gallup) to 9,709 (Anthony).

Finally, we ranked each city based on the HHI with a lower score being more diverse than a high score. Gallup took the distinction of being the most diverse, while Anthony was the least diverse city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in New Mexico ranked for diversity 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 - Diversity Across New Mexico

If you're looking for a scientific breakdown of diversity across New Mexico, this is an accurate list.

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

  1. Anthony
  2. Sunland Park
  3. Las Vegas

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Diverse Cities In New Mexico For 2021

Rank City Population HHI
1 Gallup, NM 21,854 3,163
2 Farmington, NM 45,258 3,207
3 Bloomfield, NM 7,846 3,507
4 Grants, NM 9,036 3,527
5 Socorro, NM 8,460 3,858
6 Albuquerque, NM 559,374 3,969
7 Clovis, NM 38,891 4,026
8 Aztec, NM 6,530 4,070
9 Rio Rancho, NM 96,210 4,152
10 Taos, NM 5,967 4,214
11 Belen, NM 7,403 4,247
12 Portales, NM 11,854 4,258
13 Alamogordo, NM 31,384 4,333
14 Carlsbad, NM 29,158 4,591
15 Hobbs, NM 38,375 4,605
16 Los Lunas, NM 15,589 4,629
17 Artesia, NM 12,262 4,630
18 Santa Fe, NM 83,922 4,650
19 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM 6,114 4,706
20 Las Cruces, NM 102,102 4,733
21 Silver City, NM 9,627 4,734
22 Roswell, NM 47,941 4,738
23 Bernalillo, NM 9,669 4,860
24 Truth Or Consequences, NM 5,894 4,907
25 Raton, NM 6,047 4,909
26 Ruidoso, NM 7,791 5,069
27 Corrales, NM 8,588 5,420
28 Edgewood, NM 6,071 5,690
29 Deming, NM 14,139 5,775
30 Lovington, NM 11,491 5,824
31 Las Vegas, NM 13,176 6,680
32 Sunland Park, NM 17,081 9,041
33 Anthony, NM 9,310 9,709

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