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New Mexico State Profile

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Population

  • With 1,928,384 residents in 2005, New Mexico is the 36th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of New Mexico grew 6.0 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate above the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • New Mexico is the becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics and Native Americans are growing. In 2005, the Hispanic/Latino population surpassed the White population – making New Mexico the only state in the continental U.S. with Whites as a minority population (other than Hawaii).

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 45.0% 44.3% 43.9% 43.6% 43.4% 43.1%
Hispanic, Latino 42.2% 42.6% 42.9% 43.1% 43.3% 43.4%
African-American 1.7% 1.7% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8% 1.8%
Native American, AK Native 9.0% 9.2% 9.3% 9.3% 9.3% 9.3%
Asian, Pacific Islander 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.1% 1.2% 1.2%
Two or More Races 1.0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.1% 1.1% 1.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

New Mexico - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in New Mexico are Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, and Farmington.
  • Albuquerque had an estimated population of 797,940 in 2005 – the 61st largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Las Cruces in 2005 was 189,444 – the 210th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Santa Fe (the capital of NM) was the 268th largest metropolitan area with 140,855 residents.
  • Farmington had 126,208 residents – the 290th largest MSA in the U.S.

New Mexico - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, New Mexico ranked 47th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($26,184 per resident).
  • New Mexico’s personal income relative to the U.S. has remained well below the U.SD. average since 1960 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in New Mexico as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
New Mexico per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, New Mexico has the 3rd highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (18.5%) and the 3rd highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (26.0%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

New Mexico - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, New Mexico ranked 43rd among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (84.7%).
  • New Mexico ranked 36th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (25.8%) and 13th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (10.9%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, New Mexico has larger percentages of adults who have less than a high school education, completed some college but no degree, and have completed graduate and professional degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – New Mexico and the U.S. Average
New Mexico education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

New Mexico - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, New Mexico had the 16th highest unemployment rate of all states – 5.3 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, New Mexico has larger percentages of its workforce employed in professional, service, and construction occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • By industry, New Mexico has larger percentages of its employment relative to the U.S. average in public administration, arts and entertainment, education and healthcare, professional and scientific, retail trade, construction, and agriculture industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • New Mexico ranked 27th among the 50 states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

New Mexico - Health and Well-Being

  • 21.0 percent of New Mexico residents do not have health insurance – the 2nd highest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 21.0 percent of New Mexico residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – lower than the national average of 23.1 percent and the state with the second highest rate of obesity in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In New Mexico, 179 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – lower than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of New Mexico residents (272 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – lower than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), New Mexico ranked 38th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

New Mexico - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, New Mexico had the 5th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (687 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 4,198 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in New Mexico (the 12th highest among states) – well above the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • New Mexico had the 34th highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 335 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in New Mexico has remained well below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – New Mexico and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – New Mexico and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

New Mexico Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in New Mexico ranges from $15,709 in Guadalupe County to $51,027 in Los Alamos County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 10.2 percent in Luna County to 64.0 percent in Los Alamos County (a ratio of more than 6 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

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