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New Mexico

page last updated on August 8, 2011


   Introduction    New Mexico


In 1540, the Spanish conquistador Coronado trekked through the area known today as New Mexico in search of the fabled seven cities of gold. New Mexico, called the "Land of Enchantment," was the 47th state, entering the Union in 1912. Part of the "Old West," New Mexico was a place known for cowboys and cattle drives. The influence of the Apache Indians who live there is evident in the artwork and culture. The Pueblo Indian presence is also very apparent, most visibly in the tribe's buildings. The state also has a large Hispanic population, as New Mexico was under Spanish control from the 16th century until about 1846. The capital city of Santa Fe, founded in 1610, has the oldest continually used seat of government in North America. The state flower is the yucca.

   Miscellaneous    New Mexico


State Flower: Yucca

State Motto: It grows as it goes

State Nickname: Land of Enchantment

State Bird: Roadrunner

   Geography    New Mexico


Land area, 2000 (square miles): 121,356

Length: 370 miles

Width: 343 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Albuquerque, 545,852
  2. Las Cruces, 97,618
  3. Rio Rancho, 87,521
  4. Santa Fe, 67,947
  5. Roswell, 48,366
  6. Farmington, 45,877
  7. South Valley, 40,976
  8. Clovis, 37,775
  9. Hobbs, 34,122
  10. Alamogordo, 30,403

Geographic Center: 12 miles south-southwest of Willard

Geographic Center County: Torrance

Highest Point: 13,161 ft. — Wheeler Peak

Lowest Point: 2,842 ft. — Red Bluff Reservoir

Number of counties: 33

State-owned forested land: 933,000 ac.

State parks: 31 (267,302 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 17

   People    New Mexico

Population, 2010: 205917900.00%
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 0
Population, 2000: 181904100.00%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 7.60%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 25.40%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 13.00%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.50%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 68.40%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 2.10%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 9.40%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 3.70%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 46.30%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 40.50%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 83.00%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 9.50%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 35.90%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 82.10%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 0
Veterans, 2005-2009: 174,324
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 21.5

Housing units, 2009: 87804300.00%
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 69.60%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 15.30%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $150,500

Households, 2005-2009: 736,630
Persons per household, 2005-2009: $3
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $22,461
Median household income, 2009: $42,830
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 18.20%


(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown



GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org




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