Most diverse counties in New Mexico

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Most diverse counties in New Mexico

The United States has a longstanding reputation as being a melting pot (or salad bowl), with its diversity manifesting itself across many different demographics. However, some places across the country are notably more heterogeneous than others.

Stacker compiled a list of the most diverse counties in New Mexico using data from using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest Simpson's diversity index score. Simpson’s diversity index measures community diversity on a scale of 0 (least diverse) to 1 (most diverse), more on the calculation can be read here.

Think you know which counties in your home state might be the most diverse? Keep reading to see if your predictions are correct.

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#33. Catron County

- Index: 0.042
- Total population: 3,526
- White: 97.9% (3,451)
- Black or African American: 0.0% (0)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.1% (2)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.0% (0)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (73)
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#32. Lincoln County

- Index: 0.062
- Total population: 19,461
- White: 96.8% (18,843)
- Black or African American: 0.5% (104)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.6% (113)
- Asian: 0.1% (13)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.2% (225)
- Some other Race: 0.8% (163)
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#31. Hidalgo County

- Index: 0.119
- Total population: 4,297
- White: 93.8% (4,031)
- Black or African American: 1.3% (54)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.5% (66)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.3% (55)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (91)
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#30. Grant County

- Index: 0.141
- Total population: 27,669
- White: 92.6% (25,630)
- Black or African American: 1.0% (275)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 2.1% (588)
- Asian: 0.6% (175)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (3)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (428)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (570)
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#29. Luna County

- Index: 0.146
- Total population: 24,083
- White: 92.3% (22,231)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (381)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.9% (228)
- Asian: 0.8% (199)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.3% (304)
- Some other Race: 3.1% (740)

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#28. Torrance County

- Index: 0.168
- Total population: 15,519
- White: 91.0% (14,122)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (121)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (50)
- Asian: 0.1% (23)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.4% (222)
- Some other Race: 6.3% (981)
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#27. Eddy County

- Index: 0.185
- Total population: 57,732
- White: 90.1% (52,019)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (906)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.7% (982)
- Asian: 0.5% (265)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 1.5% (840)
- Some other Race: 4.7% (2,720)
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#26. Sierra County

- Index: 0.190
- Total population: 11,031
- White: 89.8% (9,907)
- Black or African American: 0.4% (44)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 4.4% (481)
- Asian: 0.8% (83)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.6% (287)
- Some other Race: 2.1% (229)
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#25. Quay County

- Index: 0.212
- Total population: 8,326
- White: 88.6% (7,373)
- Black or African American: 1.7% (138)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.9% (160)
- Asian: 0.9% (75)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (16)
- 2 or more races: 1.3% (106)
- Some other Race: 5.5% (458)
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#24. Lea County

- Index: 0.215
- Total population: 70,277
- White: 88.4% (62,117)
- Black or African American: 3.8% (2,692)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.0% (716)
- Asian: 0.6% (402)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (20)
- 2 or more races: 1.7% (1,219)
- Some other Race: 4.4% (3,111)

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#23. Chaves County

- Index: 0.229
- Total population: 65,144
- White: 87.6% (57,038)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (1,012)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.7% (1,085)
- Asian: 1.0% (621)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (6)
- 2 or more races: 2.4% (1,559)
- Some other Race: 5.9% (3,823)
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#22. Doña Ana County

- Index: 0.235
- Total population: 216,069
- White: 87.1% (188,300)
- Black or African American: 1.8% (3,905)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1% (2,430)
- Asian: 1.1% (2,427)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (85)
- 2 or more races: 1.9% (4,072)
- Some other Race: 6.9% (14,850)
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#21. Union County

- Index: 0.243
- Total population: 4,133
- White: 86.7% (3,583)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (67)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 2.1% (86)
- Asian: 0.0% (1)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 4.2% (174)
- Some other Race: 5.4% (222)
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#20. Los Alamos County

- Index: 0.263
- Total population: 18,625
- White: 85.5% (15,929)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (107)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1% (197)
- Asian: 5.0% (926)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 5.0% (938)
- Some other Race: 2.8% (528)
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#19. Colfax County

- Index: 0.263
- Total population: 12,168
- White: 85.4% (10,394)
- Black or African American: 0.7% (89)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 2.0% (238)
- Asian: 0.4% (52)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 4.2% (513)
- Some other Race: 7.2% (882)

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#18. Taos County

- Index: 0.279
- Total population: 32,786
- White: 84.4% (27,682)
- Black or African American: 0.5% (154)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 6.5% (2,131)
- Asian: 0.9% (282)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (1)
- 2 or more races: 2.3% (743)
- Some other Race: 5.5% (1,793)
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#17. Santa Fe County

- Index: 0.290
- Total population: 149,293
- White: 83.8% (125,090)
- Black or African American: 1.1% (1,574)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 3.2% (4,850)
- Asian: 1.3% (1,889)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (164)
- 2 or more races: 2.8% (4,109)
- Some other Race: 7.8% (11,617)
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#16. Valencia County

- Index: 0.303
- Total population: 76,027
- White: 83.0% (63,117)
- Black or African American: 1.4% (1,059)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 4.3% (3,257)
- Asian: 0.9% (707)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.3% (2,529)
- Some other Race: 7.0% (5,358)
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#15. Harding County

- Index: 0.304
- Total population: 441
- White: 82.3% (363)
- Black or African American: 0.0% (0)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.0% (0)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.7% (3)
- 2 or more races: 3.6% (16)
- Some other Race: 13.4% (59)
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#14. Socorro County

- Index: 0.348
- Total population: 16,858
- White: 79.7% (13,439)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (95)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 12.2% (2,057)
- Asian: 3.3% (553)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 2.3% (396)
- Some other Race: 1.9% (318)

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#13. Otero County

- Index: 0.364
- Total population: 66,137
- White: 79.1% (52,309)
- Black or African American: 3.5% (2,343)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 6.8% (4,503)
- Asian: 1.3% (858)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (138)
- 2 or more races: 3.4% (2,277)
- Some other Race: 5.6% (3,709)
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#12. Guadalupe County

- Index: 0.373
- Total population: 4,353
- White: 78.0% (3,395)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (34)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 5.8% (254)
- Asian: 0.2% (9)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 3.0% (131)
- Some other Race: 12.2% (530)
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#11. McKinley County

- Index: 0.400
- Total population: 72,438
- White: 14.4% (10,426)
- Black or African American: 0.7% (474)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 75.9% (54,977)
- Asian: 1.1% (829)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (30)
- 2 or more races: 3.7% (2,692)
- Some other Race: 4.2% (3,010)
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#10. Roosevelt County

- Index: 0.404
- Total population: 18,888
- White: 75.5% (14,255)
- Black or African American: 2.8% (530)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.0% (188)
- Asian: 0.6% (121)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (14)
- 2 or more races: 5.0% (942)
- Some other Race: 15.0% (2,838)
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#9. Bernalillo County

- Index: 0.431
- Total population: 677,858
- White: 74.3% (503,337)
- Black or African American: 3.0% (20,127)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 4.9% (33,349)
- Asian: 2.6% (17,885)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (580)
- 2 or more races: 4.2% (28,510)
- Some other Race: 10.9% (74,070)

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#8. Mora County

- Index: 0.456
- Total population: 4,536
- White: 65.9% (2,991)
- Black or African American: 0.0% (2)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3% (12)
- Asian: 0.0% (0)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 0.7% (30)
- Some other Race: 33.1% (1,501)
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#7. Sandoval County

- Index: 0.456
- Total population: 142,704
- White: 72.1% (102,859)
- Black or African American: 2.3% (3,327)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 12.8% (18,278)
- Asian: 1.4% (1,976)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.2% (276)
- 2 or more races: 3.9% (5,615)
- Some other Race: 7.3% (10,373)
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#6. De Baca County

- Index: 0.495
- Total population: 2,040
- White: 66.9% (1,364)
- Black or African American: 1.6% (32)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2% (5)
- Asian: 0.3% (7)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (0)
- 2 or more races: 8.6% (175)
- Some other Race: 22.4% (457)
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#5. Curry County

- Index: 0.512
- Total population: 49,732
- White: 66.4% (33,022)
- Black or African American: 5.1% (2,520)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.0% (495)
- Asian: 1.3% (643)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.4% (188)
- 2 or more races: 5.5% (2,722)
- Some other Race: 20.4% (10,142)
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#4. San Miguel County

- Index: 0.527
- Total population: 27,738
- White: 60.9% (16,882)
- Black or African American: 1.3% (365)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.4% (382)
- Asian: 1.2% (341)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (22)
- 2 or more races: 3.3% (911)
- Some other Race: 31.9% (8,835)

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#3. San Juan County

- Index: 0.567
- Total population: 126,515
- White: 52.3% (66,160)
- Black or African American: 0.8% (1,041)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 39.6% (50,133)
- Asian: 0.8% (984)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.1% (76)
- 2 or more races: 3.0% (3,851)
- Some other Race: 3.4% (4,270)
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#2. Cibola County

- Index: 0.592
- Total population: 26,891
- White: 48.1% (12,932)
- Black or African American: 1.1% (297)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 41.5% (11,172)
- Asian: 0.1% (40)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (9)
- 2 or more races: 3.2% (858)
- Some other Race: 5.9% (1,583)
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#1. Rio Arriba County

- Index: 0.616
- Total population: 39,159
- White: 53.1% (20,775)
- Black or African American: 0.6% (251)
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 16.3% (6,380)
- Asian: 0.5% (191)
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: 0.0% (13)
- 2 or more races: 2.1% (815)
- Some other Race: 27.4% (10,734)

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