These Are The 10 New Mexico Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


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 37,318 – 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 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 2018:

  1. Clovis (Photos)
  2. Hobbs (Photos)
  3. Alamogordo (Photos)
  4. Tucumcari (Photos)
  5. Portales (Photos)
  6. Los Lunas (Photos)
  7. Albuquerque (Photos)
  8. Rio Rancho (Photos)
  9. Las Vegas (Photos)
  10. Carlsbad (Photos)

Clovis took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in New Mexico for 2018.

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.

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How We Determined The Cities In New Mexico With The Largest Black Population For 2018

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 2012-2016 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 32 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 6.0% 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 Bloomfield was the least African American city.

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.

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1. Clovis

Clovis, New Mexico

Population: 39,461
% African American: 6.04%
# Of African American Residents: 2,383
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.66%

2. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 36,863
% African American: 5.47%
# Of African American Residents: 2,017
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.23%

3. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 31,201
% African American: 4.64%
# Of African American Residents: 1,447
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.39%

4. Tucumcari

Tucumcari, New Mexico

Population: 5,091
% African American: 3.3%
# Of African American Residents: 168
Percent Change Since 2010: 242.86%

5. Portales

Portales, New Mexico

Population: 12,275
% African American: 3.27%
# Of African American Residents: 401
Percent Change Since 2010: 93.72%

6. Los Lunas

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,271
% African American: 3.05%
# Of African American Residents: 466
Percent Change Since 2010: 461.45%

7. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Population: 556,859
% African American: 2.83%
# Of African American Residents: 15,756
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.55%

8. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Public domain

Population: 92,966
% African American: 2.72%
# Of African American Residents: 2,529
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.25%

9. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Population: 13,570
% African American: 2.26%
# Of African American Residents: 307
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.9%

10. Carlsbad

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Population: 28,079
% African American: 2.24%
# Of African American Residents: 629
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.96%

There You Have It – 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. Bloomfield
  2. Raton
  3. Socorro

For more New Mexico reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New Mexico

City Rank Population % African American
Clovis 1 39,461 6.04%
Hobbs 2 36,863 5.47%
Alamogordo 3 31,201 4.64%
Tucumcari 4 5,091 3.3%
Portales 5 12,275 3.27%
Los Lunas 6 15,271 3.05%
Albuquerque 7 556,859 2.83%
Rio Rancho 8 92,966 2.72%
Las Vegas 9 13,570 2.26%
Carlsbad 10 28,079 2.24%
Las Cruces 11 101,459 2.19%
Roswell 12 48,407 2.06%
Deming 13 14,582 1.64%
Gallup 14 22,523 1.02%
Grants 15 9,263 0.99%
Truth Or Consequences 16 6,157 0.99%
Artesia 17 11,817 0.96%
Santa Fe 18 82,927 0.77%
Bernalillo 19 8,676 0.67%
Ruidoso 20 7,833 0.63%
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 21 6,069 0.61%
Silver City 22 10,103 0.58%
Lovington 23 11,559 0.58%
Belen 24 7,184 0.57%
Farmington 25 44,067 0.5%
Corrales 26 8,474 0.41%
Aztec 27 6,354 0.3%
Sunland Park 28 15,588 0.26%
Taos 29 5,735 0.24%
Socorro 30 8,760 0.23%
Raton 31 6,348 0.11%
Bloomfield 32 7,565 0.0%

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