The 10 New Mexico Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in New Mexico with the largest African American population.

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 37,911 - 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 2021:

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

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 2021. 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 2021

1. Clovis

Clovis, NM

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Population: 38,891
% African American: 5.52%
# Of African American Residents: 2,146
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.34%
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2. Hobbs

Hobbs, NM

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Population: 38,375
% African American: 5.37%
# Of African American Residents: 2,061
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.1%
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3. Alamogordo

Alamogordo, NM

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Population: 31,384
% African American: 3.85%
# Of African American Residents: 1,207
Percent Change Since 2010: -24.42%
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4. Portales

Portales, NM

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Population: 11,854
% African American: 3.55%
# Of African American Residents: 421
Percent Change Since 2010: 103.38%
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5. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, NM

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Population: 96,210
% African American: 2.82%
# Of African American Residents: 2,711
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.97%
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6. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM

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Population: 559,374
% African American: 2.77%
# Of African American Residents: 15,468
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.66%
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7. Los Lunas

Los Lunas, NM

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Population: 15,589
% African American: 2.59%
# Of African American Residents: 404
Percent Change Since 2010: 386.75%
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8. Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM

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Population: 102,102
% African American: 2.52%
# Of African American Residents: 2,571
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.69%
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9. Lovington

Lovington, NM

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Population: 11,491
% African American: 2.31%
# Of African American Residents: 265
Percent Change Since 2010: -43.97%
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10. Deming

Deming, NM

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Population: 14,139
% African American: 1.85%
# Of African American Residents: 262
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.62%
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How We Determined The Cities In new mexico With The Largest Black Population 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:

  • 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.

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. Raton
  2. Taos
  3. Sunland Park

For more New Mexico reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In New Mexico

Rank City % African American Population
1 Clovis 5.52% 38,891
2 Hobbs 5.37% 38,375
3 Alamogordo 3.85% 31,384
4 Portales 3.55% 11,854
5 Rio Rancho 2.82% 96,210
6 Albuquerque 2.77% 559,374
7 Los Lunas 2.59% 15,589
8 Las Cruces 2.52% 102,102
9 Lovington 2.31% 11,491
10 Deming 1.85% 14,139
11 Carlsbad 1.76% 29,158
12 Roswell 1.64% 47,941
13 Gallup 1.49% 21,854
14 Artesia 1.48% 12,262
15 Corrales 1.47% 8,588
16 Farmington 1.3% 45,258
17 Las Vegas 1.19% 13,176
18 Socorro 1.12% 8,460
19 Santa Fe 1.08% 83,922
20 Grants 0.98% 9,036
21 Bernalillo 0.77% 9,669
22 Truth Or Consequences 0.66% 5,894
23 Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 0.61% 6,114
24 Bloomfield 0.52% 7,846
25 Ruidoso 0.51% 7,791
26 Silver City 0.47% 9,627
27 Belen 0.36% 7,403
28 Aztec 0.2% 6,530
29 Sunland Park 0.19% 17,081
30 Taos 0.17% 5,967
31 Raton 0.05% 6,047

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