The 10 New Mexico Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022

We used science and data to determine which cities in New Mexico have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in New Mexico is 37,975 - at 1.8% of the total population of New Mexico.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted New Mexico? Which cities and towns in New Mexico have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in New Mexico with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. Clovis
  2. Hobbs
  3. Alamogordo
  4. Ruidoso
  5. Portales
  6. Lovington
  7. Rio Rancho
  8. Albuquerque
  9. Los Lunas
  10. Las Cruces

What's the blackest city in New Mexico? Clovis took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in New Mexico for 2022. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

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

The 10 Blackest Cities In New Mexico For 2022

1. Clovis

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Population: 38,701
% African American: 5.51%
# Of African American Residents: 2,132
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.91%
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Clovis, NM

2. Hobbs

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Population: 38,475
% African American: 5.03%
# Of African American Residents: 1,936
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.16%
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Hobbs, NM

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3. Alamogordo

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Population: 31,635
% African American: 4.01%
# Of African American Residents: 1,269
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.54%
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Alamogordo, NM

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4. Ruidoso

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Population: 7,879
% African American: 3.63%
# Of African American Residents: 286
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Ruidoso, NM

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5. Portales

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Population: 11,713
% African American: 3.5%
# Of African American Residents: 410
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.07%
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Portales, NM

6. Lovington

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Population: 11,400
% African American: 3.27%
# Of African American Residents: 373
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.14%
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Lovington, NM

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7. Rio Rancho

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Population: 97,976
% African American: 3.0%
# Of African American Residents: 2,939
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.64%
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Rio Rancho, NM

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8. Albuquerque

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Population: 560,447
% African American: 2.66%
# Of African American Residents: 14,888
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.16%
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Albuquerque, NM

9. Los Lunas

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Population: 15,814
% African American: 2.43%
# Of African American Residents: 384
Percent Change Since 2010: 362.65%
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Los Lunas, NM

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10. Las Cruces

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Population: 102,950
% African American: 2.39%
# Of African American Residents: 2,460
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.75%
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Las Cruces, NM

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Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In New Mexico With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 Black or African American.

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 Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 5.5% to 0.0%.

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

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

Summary: Black Populations Across New Mexico

If you're looking for a breakdown of African 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 African American places in New Mexico:

  1. Raton
  2. Belen
  3. Aztec

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

African American Population By City In New Mexico

Rank City % African American Population
1 Clovis 5.51% 38,701
2 Hobbs 5.03% 38,475
3 Alamogordo 4.01% 31,635
4 Ruidoso 3.63% 7,879
5 Portales 3.5% 11,713
6 Lovington 3.27% 11,400
7 Rio Rancho 3.0% 97,976
8 Albuquerque 2.66% 560,447
9 Los Lunas 2.43% 15,814
10 Las Cruces 2.39% 102,950
11 Deming 1.99% 14,083
12 Carlsbad 1.95% 29,278
13 Roswell 1.7% 47,751
14 Corrales 1.56% 8,636
15 Farmington 1.39% 44,967
16 Socorro 1.39% 8,406
17 Gallup 1.33% 21,637
18 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 1.21% 6,120
19 Santa Fe 1.16% 84,418
20 Las Vegas 1.05% 13,055
21 Artesia 0.89% 12,463
22 Grants 0.83% 8,987
23 Sunland Park 0.83% 17,581
24 Truth Or Consequences 0.7% 5,839
25 Bloomfield 0.68% 7,791
26 Bernalillo 0.45% 10,077
27 Silver City 0.34% 9,530
28 Taos 0.22% 5,950
29 Aztec 0.22% 6,467
30 Belen 0.01% 7,476
31 Raton 0.0% 6,020

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in New Mexico with the largest African American population.

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