These Are The 10 Gayest Places In New Mexico For 2019

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the gayest places in New Mexico.

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When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, America generally, and the gay community specifically, celebrated. Same-sex marriages, and the gay and lesbian movement is more mainstream than ever.

While the national discussion has been brought to the forefront, at the state level, conversations continue.

Did you know that an estimated 0.46% of New Mexico residents is gay? That ranks as the number 6 most gay state in the nation. That means there are a total of 3,549 gay households in The Land Of Enchantment.

Our goal with this post is to use data and science to determine the gayest cities in New Mexico.

After analyzing 41 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in New Mexico for 2019:

  1. Las Vegas (Photos)
  2. Santa Fe (Photos)
  3. Roswell (Photos)
  4. Bernalillo (Photos)
  5. Albuquerque (Photos)
  6. Española
  7. Silver City (Photos)
  8. Edgewood (Photos)
  9. Ruidoso (Photos)
  10. Farmington (Photos)

According to the facts, Las Vegas is the gayest place in New Mexico for 2019.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the gayest cities in America.

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

How do you determine the best cities for same-sex households in New Mexico for 2019

In order to rank the gayest cities in New Mexico, we used the 2013-2017 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census. We looked at:

  • Percentage of all households that are unmarried, same sex partners

We limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 1,000 households.

We ranked each place from 1 to 41 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, ended up being the the most gay place with 1.3% gay households.

Read on below to learn more about the gayest places in New Mexico. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the places in the state from gayest to straighest.

Las Vegas, NM

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Households: 4,988
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Gay Households: 65 (6th highest)
% Gay Households: 1.3% (1st highest)
More on Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

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.

Santa Fe, NM

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Households: 35,524
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 303 (2nd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.85% (2nd highest)
More on Santa Fe:  Data | Photos

Santa Fe is the capital of the state of New Mexico. It is the fourth-largest city in the state and the seat of Santa Fe County.

Roswell, NM

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Households: 17,556
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Gay Households: 144 (3rd highest)
% Gay Households: 0.82% (3rd highest)
More on Roswell:  Data | Photos

Roswell is a city in New Mexico. It is the county seat of Chaves County in the southeastern quarter of the state of New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 48,411, making it the fifth-largest city in New Mexico. It is a center for irrigated farming, dairying, ranching, manufacturing, distribution, and petroleum production. It is also the home of New Mexico Military Institute, founded in 1891. Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located a few miles northeast of the city on the Pecos River. Bottomless Lakes State Park is located 12 miles east of Roswell on US 380.

Bernalillo, NM

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Households: 3,306
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Gay Households: 24 (11th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.73% (4th highest)
More on Bernalillo:  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.

Albuquerque, NM

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Households: 221,119
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Gay Households: 1,534 (1st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.69% (5th highest)
More on Albuquerque:  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.

6. Española

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Households: 3,646
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Gay Households: 20 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.55% (6th highest)
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Silver City, NM

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Overall SnackAbility


Households: 4,026
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Gay Households: 20 (14th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.5% (7th highest)
More on Silver City:  Data | Photos

Silver City is a town in Grant County, New Mexico, United States. It is the county seat and the home of Western New Mexico University. As of the 2010 census the population was 10,315. In 2015 the population was estimated to be 10,004.

Edgewood, NM

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Households: 1,403
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 10)
Gay Households: 6 (21st highest)
% Gay Households: 0.43% (8th highest)
More on Edgewood:  Data | Photos

Ruidoso, NM

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Households: 3,102
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Gay Households: 13 (16th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.42% (9th highest)
More on Ruidoso:  Data | Photos

Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. The population was 8,029 at the 2010 census. The city of Ruidoso Downs and the unincorporated area of Alto are suburbs of Ruidoso, and contribute to the Ruidoso Micropolitan Statistical Area’s population of 21,223.

Farmington, NM

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Households: 15,505
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Gay Households: 61 (7th highest)
% Gay Households: 0.39% (10th highest)
More on Farmington:  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.

There You Have It – The Most LGBT Friendly Cities In New Mexico For 2019

If you’re looking at the number of gay households in New Mexico, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least gay places in New Mexico:

  • Tularosa
  • Corrales
  • Tucumcari

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Places To Live In New Mexico

Rank City Households % Gay Households
1 Las Vegas 4,988 1.3%
2 Santa Fe 35,524 0.85%
3 Roswell 17,556 0.82%
4 Bernalillo 3,306 0.73%
5 Albuquerque 221,119 0.69%
6 Española 3,646 0.55%
7 Silver City 4,026 0.5%
8 Edgewood 1,403 0.43%
9 Ruidoso 3,102 0.42%
10 Farmington 15,505 0.39%
11 Rio Rancho 33,372 0.37%
12 Truth Or Consequences 2,934 0.34%
13 Las Cruces 39,809 0.33%
14 Artesia 4,616 0.32%
15 Socorro 2,262 0.31%
16 Clovis 14,727 0.31%
17 Anthony 2,632 0.27%
18 Hobbs 11,763 0.24%
19 Alamogordo 12,656 0.24%
20 Los Lunas 5,649 0.23%
21 Carlsbad 10,708 0.21%
22 Deming 5,415 0.09%
23 Taos 2,412 0.04%
24 Gallup 6,891 0.0%
25 Aztec 2,566 0.0%
26 Sunland Park 4,507 0.0%
27 Bayard 1,012 0.0%
28 Belen 2,709 0.0%
29 Bloomfield 2,546 0.0%
30 Bosque Farms 1,459 0.0%
31 Raton 3,023 0.0%
32 Grants 3,357 0.0%
33 Portales 4,614 0.0%
34 Peralta 1,422 0.0%
35 Milan 1,127 0.0%
36 Lovington 3,468 0.0%
37 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 2,681 0.0%
38 Lordsburg 1,013 0.0%
39 Tucumcari 1,754 0.0%
40 Corrales 3,612 0.0%
41 Tularosa 1,271 0.0%