New Mexico

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2020 Population
2.1M
0.218% 1-year growth
US Senator
Martin Heinrich
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ben Ray Luján
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
38.1
0.794% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
18.6%
3% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$51,243
2.99% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$175,700
2.51% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
842,571
0.34% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, New Mexico had a population of 2.1M people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $51,243. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of New Mexico grew from 2.09M to 2.1M, a 0.218% increase and its median household income grew from $49,754 to $51,243, a 2.99% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in New Mexico are White (Non-Hispanic) (36.7%), White (Hispanic) (33.3%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (8.58%), Other (Hispanic) (8.52%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (6.23%).

33.5% of the households in New Mexico reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.7% of the residents in New Mexico are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in New Mexico are Central New Mexico Community College (10,547 degrees awarded in 2020), University of New Mexico-Main Campus (5,841 degrees), and New Mexico State University-Main Campus (3,281 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in New Mexico was $175,700, and the homeownership rate was 68%. Most people in New Mexico drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in New Mexico was 2 cars per household.

New Mexico borders Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Diversity

New Mexico is home to a population of 2.1M people, from which 94.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 9.21% of New Mexico residents were born outside of the country (193k people).

In 2020, there were 1.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (769k people) in New Mexico than any other race or ethnicity. There were 699k White (Hispanic) and 180k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in New Mexico are Spanish (514,071 households), Navajo (63,783 households), and Other Native Languages of North America (32,954 households).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in New Mexico
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    769k ± 1.77k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    699k ± 5.92k
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    180k ± 1.58k
49.2%
Hispanic Population
1.03M people

In 2020, there were 1.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (769k people) in New Mexico than any other race or ethnicity. There were 699k White (Hispanic) and 180k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

49.2% of the people in New Mexico are hispanic (1.03M people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in New Mexico as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    514,071 households (26%)
  2. Navajo
    63,783 households (3.23%)
  3. Other Native Languages of North America
    32,954 households (1.67%)

33.5% of the households in New Mexico reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2020, the most common non-English language spoken in households in New Mexico was Spanish. 26% of the households in New Mexico reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.21%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
193k people
9.42%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
197k people

As of 2020, 9.21% of New Mexico residents (193k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in New Mexico was 9.42%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.1
46
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.5

In 2020, the median age of all people in New Mexico was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in New Mexico are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all New Mexico residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    131,978 ± 8,634 people
  2. Philippines
    5,612 ± 1,837 people
  3. Germany
    4,972 ± 1,729 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Mexico was Mexico, the natal country of 131,978 New Mexico residents, followed by Philippines with 5,612 and Germany with 4,972.

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Citizenship

94.7%
2020 Citizenship
94.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.7% of New Mexico residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in New Mexico was 94.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    50,335 ± 1,593
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    28,690 ± 1,589
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    20,224 ± 1,054

New Mexico has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in New Mexico, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in New Mexico (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in New Mexico. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in New Mexico.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of New Mexico across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in New Mexico is $51,243. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in New Mexico was Los Alamos County, NM with a value of $119,266, followed by Sandoval County, NM and Eddy County, NM, with respective values of $65,071 and $65,000.

Males in New Mexico have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,133. The income inequality in New Mexico (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of New Mexico employs 843k people. The largest industries in New Mexico are Elementary & secondary schools (61,292 people), Restaurants & Food Services (59,352 people), and Construction (55,025 people), and the highest paying industries are Electric & gas, and other combinations ($207,660), Software publishing ($172,340), and Scientific research & development services ($103,870).

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,243
2020 value
± $514
2.99%
1 Year Growth
± 1.29%

Households in New Mexico have a median annual income of $51,243, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,754 in 2019, which represents a 2.99% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

$59,488
Average Male Salary in New Mexico
± $2,233
$46,133
Average Female Salary in New Mexico
± $1,828

In 2020, full-time male employees in New Mexico made 1.29 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in New Mexico by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in New Mexico
  1. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $64,587 ± $76,107
  2. Asian
    $56,173 ± $11,289
  3. White
    $48,102 ± $1,594

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New Mexico workers was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in New Mexico.

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Wage Distribution

0.461
2020 Wage GINI in New Mexico
0.462
2019 Wage GINI in New Mexico

In 2020, the income inequality in New Mexico was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.2% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for New Mexico was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in New Mexico in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New Mexico across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in New Mexico was Los Alamos County, NM with a value of $119,266, followed by Sandoval County, NM and Eddy County, NM, with respective values of $65,071 and $65,000.

The following map shows all of the counties in New Mexico colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in New Mexico (381k out of 2.05M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    232,220 ± 4,135
  2. Hispanic
    218,918 ± 4,091
  3. Native American
    61,245 ± 1,558

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in New Mexico is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

843k
2020 Value
−0.34%
1 Year decline
± −0.34%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in New Mexico declined at a rate of −0.34%, from 845k employees to 843k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in New Mexico, are Cashiers (22,728 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (20,341 people), and Retail salespersons (19,365 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of New Mexico.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of New Mexico, by number of employees, are Cashiers (22,728 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (20,341 people), and Retail salespersons (19,365 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, New Mexico has an unusually high number of residents working as Astronomers & physicists (8.86 times higher than expected), Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining (6.51 times), and Plasterers & stucco masons (5.68 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of New Mexico, by average salary, are Other financial specialists ($257,005), Dentists ($217,468), and Physicians ($202,721).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

843k
2020 Value
−0.34%
1 Year decline
± −0.34%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in New Mexico declined at a rate of −0.34%, from 845k employees to 843k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in New Mexico, are Elementary & secondary schools (61,292 people), Restaurants & Food Services (59,352 people), and Construction (55,025 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of New Mexico, though some of these residents may live in New Mexico and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in New Mexico, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools (61,292 people), Restaurants & Food Services (59,352 people), and Construction (55,025 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, New Mexico has an unusually high number of Forestry except logging (7.62 times higher than expected), Metal ore mining (7.28 times), and Scientific research & development services (6.77 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in New Mexico, by average salary, are Electric & gas, and other combinations ($207,660), Software publishing ($172,340), and Scientific research & development services ($103,870).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Mexico to other states, or from other states to New Mexico.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $14.6B
  2. $8.89B
  3. $8.24B

In 2020, the top outbound New Mexico product (by dollars) was Electronics with $14.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($8.89B) and Crude petroleum ($8.24B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Mexico products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$68.4B
2020 Value in New Mexico
$117B
Projected 2050 Value in New Mexico
71.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound New Mexico trade was $68.4B. This is expected to increase 71.8% to $117B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Mexico trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Mexico to other states, or from other states to New Mexico.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $19.7B
  2. $5.99B
  3. $3.03B

In 2020, the top outbound New Mexico domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $19.7B, followed by Arizona with $5.99B and Louisiana and $3.03B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Mexico shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in New Mexico went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (43.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.36%). The most partisan county was Lea County, NM with 79% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are the senators currently representing the state of New Mexico. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New Mexico is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for New Mexico
54.3% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in New Mexico
  1. 79% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 77.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 76.4% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in New Mexico was Lea County, NM with 79% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in New Mexico colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from New Mexico

Martin Heinrich
Senator from New Mexico1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ben Ray Luján
Senator from New Mexico2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are the senators currently representing New Mexico.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in New Mexico over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from New Mexico

New Mexico is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New Mexico have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in New Mexico awarded 32,859 degrees. The student population of New Mexico is skewed towards women, with 42,943 male students and 68,476 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in New Mexico are Hispanic or Latino (15,420 and 48.1%), followed by White (10,614 and 33.1%), American Indian or Alaska Native (2,165 and 6.75%), and Unknown (1,226 and 3.82%).

The largest universities in New Mexico by number of degrees awarded are Central New Mexico Community College (10,547 and 32.1%), University of New Mexico-Main Campus (5,841 and 17.8%), and New Mexico State University-Main Campus (3,281 and 9.99%).

The most popular majors in New Mexico are General Studies (4,149 and 12.6%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,836 and 11.7%), and General Business Administration & Management (1,739 and 5.29%).

The median tuition costs in New Mexico are $25,500 for private four year colleges, and $4,446 and $11,400 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 2,417 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 1,459 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 644 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in New Mexico was General Studies with 2,417 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in New Mexico according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 10,547 degrees awarded
  2. 5,841 degrees awarded
  3. 3,281 degrees awarded
$4,446
Median In-State Public
$25,500
Median Private

In 2020, the New Mexico institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central New Mexico Community College with 10,547 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

12,213
Degrees Awarded to Men
20,646
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 12,213 men were awarded degrees from institutions in New Mexico, which is 0.592 times less than the 20,646 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the top 5 institutions in New Mexico by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    15,420 degrees awarded
  2. White
    10,614 degrees awarded
  3. American Indian or Alaska Native
    2,165 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in New Mexico was Hispanic or Latino students. These 15,420 degrees mean that there were 1.45 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 10,614 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in New Mexico was $175,700 in 2020, which is 0.765 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $171,400 to $175,700, a 2.51% increase. The homeownership rate in New Mexico is 68%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in New Mexico have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in New Mexico is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$175,700
2020 Median
± $1,688
$171,400
2019 Median
± $789

In 2020, the median property value in New Mexico grew to to $175,700 from the previous year's value of $171,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in New Mexico compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In New Mexico the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$51,243
Median Household Income
± $514
793k
Number of Households
± 7,699

In 2020, the median household income of the 793k households in New Mexico grew to $51,243 from the previous year's value of $49,754.

The following chart displays the households in New Mexico distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in New Mexico distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In New Mexico the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68%
2020 Homeownership
67.7%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 68% of the housing units in New Mexico were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in New Mexico compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in New Mexico have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.09% of the workforce in New Mexico have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.1%)
  2. Carpooled (10%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.38%)

In 2020, 79.1% of workers in New Mexico drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10%) and those who worked at home (6.38%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in New Mexico distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in New Mexico have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

90.5% of the population of New Mexico has health coverage, with 35% on employee plans, 28.5% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 2.49% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in New Mexico was $7,214 in 2014. This is a 5.16% increase from the previous year ($6,860).

Primary care physicians in New Mexico see 1336 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.224% decrease from the previous year (1339 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1437 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 248 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, De Baca County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.3%). Additionally, Guadalupe County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,336 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in New Mexico

Primary care physicians in New Mexico see an average of 1,336 patients per year. This represents a 0.224% decrease from the previous year (1,339 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in New Mexico in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,214
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in New Mexico
$4,155
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,445
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$8,663
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Mexico (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.16%, from $6,860 to $7,214.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.46%
Uninsured
35%
Employer Coverage
28.5%
Medicaid
12.1%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
2.49%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in New Mexico declined by 1.54% from 9.61% to 9.46%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in New Mexico changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 20.3% prevalence
  2. 19.4% prevalence
  3. 15% prevalence

De Baca County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Mexico, at 20.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New Mexico by county over multiple years.

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