Information About New Mexico

The total estimated population is 1,819,046. Density is very low at 15 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 1,752,719; Black: 1,214,253; Two or More Races: 309,882; Asian: 173,483; American Indian: 34,343; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 19,255; Other Race: 1,503; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 1,819,046 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 149,606 foreign born residents, of which 34.8% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 107,272; Germany: 5,463; Canada: 3,324; United Kingdom: 3,293; Vietnam: 2,336; Philippines: 2,115; China (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan): 1,778; U.S. Born: This State: 937,212; South: 249,621; West: 216,089; Midwest: 161,512; Northeast: 86,374;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in New Mexico Most Common US Birthplaces in New Mexico

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 35 years.

Age Distribution

There are 124,697 married couples with children and 92,929 single-parent households (3,307 men, 89,622 women).

The median household income is $34,133 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; New Mexico: $34,133;

18% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; New Mexico: 18%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 471,423; Government: 173,189; Self-employed: 59,588; Unpaid family work: 7,237; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 259,510; Sales and office: 197,580; Professional and related: 167,204; Service: 129,349; Office and administrative support: 111,956; Management, business, and financial operations: 92,306;

Work Types in New Mexico Common Occupations in New Mexico

The average commute time is 23 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 575,187; Car or truck (carpooled): 112,489; Worked at home: 31,973; Walked: 21,435; Public transportation: 6,074; Bicycle: 4,287; Motorcycle: 1,530;

Transportation to work methods in New Mexico

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in New Mexico.

There are 780,579 housing units, of which 511,283 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 474,445; Renter: 203,526; Vacant: 102,608; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 301,626; Not Mortgaged: 172,819;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in New Mexico

The median single family home value is $108,100.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; New Mexico: $929;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; New Mexico: $432;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 46,025; 1940 to 1949: 44,302; 1950 to 1959: 90,546; 1960 to 1969: 99,146; 1970 to 1979: 165,774; 1980 to 1989: 155,971; 1990 to 1994: 69,854; 1995 to 1998: 85,761; 1999 to March 2000: 23,200;

3.1% of homes lack plumbing and 5.7% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 458,661; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 98,440; Electricity: 78,671; Wood: 34,666;