These Are The 10 Gayest Places In New Mexico

We looked at years of data to determine which New Mexico cities have the most pride

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When the Supreme Court recently 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 0.54% of New Mexico residents is gay? That ranks 6 in the nation. That means there are a total of 129,000 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 39 cities with over 1,000 households, we’ve determined these are The Gayest Cities in New Mexico:

  1. Las Vegas (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Eunice (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Santa Fe (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Albuquerque (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Silver City (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Ruidoso (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Española (Jobs)
  8. Rio Rancho (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Roswell (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Farmington (Photos | Jobs)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.For more New Mexico reading, check out:

1. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Households: 4,726
Gay Households: 89
% Gay Households: 1.88%
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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.

2. Eunice

Eunice, New Mexico

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Households: 1,006
Gay Households: 11
% Gay Households: 1.09%
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3. Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Households: 35,540
Gay Households: 349
% Gay Households: 0.98%
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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.

4. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Households: 221,320
Gay Households: 1,874
% Gay Households: 0.85%
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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.

5. Silver City

Silver City, New Mexico

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Households: 4,013
Gay Households: 33
% Gay Households: 0.82%
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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.

6. Ruidoso

Ruidoso, New Mexico

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Households: 3,216
Gay Households: 25
% Gay Households: 0.78%
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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.

7. Española

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Households: 3,753
Gay Households: 29
% Gay Households: 0.77%
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8. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

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Households: 32,787
Gay Households: 168
% Gay Households: 0.51%
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Rio Rancho is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. A small portion of the city extends into northern Bernalillo County. It is the third-largest and also one of the fastest expanding cities in New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, Rio Rancho had a population of 93,820.

9. Roswell

Roswell, New Mexico

Households: 17,598
Gay Households: 82
% Gay Households: 0.47%
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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.

10. Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

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Households: 15,280
Gay Households: 71
% Gay Households: 0.46%
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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.

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

In order to rank the gayest cities in New Mexico, we used the 2011-2016 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 39 with the city containing the highest percentage of unmarried, same sex partners households being the most gay.

In the end, Las Vegas ended up being the the most gay place with 1.88% 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.

There You Have It — The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in New Mexico

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:

  1. Tularosa
  2. Bosque Farms
  3. Grants

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Gayest Cities In New Mexico

Rank City % Gay Households Gay Households Households
1 Las Vegas 1.88% 89 4,726
2 Eunice 1.09% 11 1,006
3 Santa Fe 0.98% 349 35,540
4 Albuquerque 0.85% 1,874 221,320
5 Silver City 0.82% 33 4,013
6 Ruidoso 0.78% 25 3,216
7 Española 0.77% 29 3,753
8 Rio Rancho 0.51% 168 32,787
9 Roswell 0.47% 82 17,598
10 Farmington 0.46% 71 15,280
11 Hobbs 0.46% 53 11,407
12 Socorro 0.39% 10 2,566
13 Las Cruces 0.39% 151 39,086
14 Bernalillo 0.38% 12 3,174
15 Anthony 0.37% 10 2,693
16 Deming 0.34% 17 4,992
17 Alamogordo 0.31% 37 11,909
18 Edgewood 0.29% 4 1,359
19 Los Lunas 0.29% 16 5,546
20 Carlsbad 0.28% 29 10,345
21 Truth Or Consequences 0.23% 7 3,051
22 Clovis 0.19% 28 14,567
23 Taos 0.16% 4 2,510
24 Gallup 0.0% 0 6,692
25 Sunland Park 0.0% 0 4,115
26 Artesia 0.0% 0 4,633
27 Aztec 0.0% 0 2,622
28 Belen 0.0% 0 2,702
29 Bloomfield 0.0% 0 2,477
30 Raton 0.0% 0 2,890
31 Portales 0.0% 0 4,380
32 Peralta 0.0% 0 1,394
33 Lovington 0.0% 0 3,508
34 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 0.0% 0 2,541
35 Corrales 0.0% 0 3,489
36 Tucumcari 0.0% 0 1,817
37 Grants 0.0% 0 3,302
38 Bosque Farms 0.0% 0 1,470
39 Tularosa 0.0% 0 1,257

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