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New Mexico

New Mexico covers 121,356 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 2,088,070 people – 686,089 living in rural New Mexico (USDA-ERS). Santa Fe, the capital, is located in the north-central region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Rio Rancho. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 82.2% of the state’s population is white, 2.5% is African-American, 1.7% is Asian, 10.9% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 48.8% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

New Mexico Rural Healthcare Facilities

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According to, as of July 2018 New Mexico had:

  • 10 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 12 Rural Health Clinics
  • 105 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 22 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural New Mexico

While most New Mexicans have some form of health insurance coverage, 9% of its residents remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for New Mexicans in 2016 was $38,474, although rural per capita income lagged at $35,941. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural New Mexico is 23.3%, compared with 17.9% in urban areas of the state. 18.8% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.7% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural New Mexico is 6.7%, while in urban New Mexico it is 5.9% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


New Mexico Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 505.222.8671
Works to improve access to quality healthcare for New Mexico by providing collaborative leadership and resources to healthcare and community organizations. A division of the Health Systems Bureau in the New Mexico Department of Health.
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Last Reviewed: 10/31/2016