The population of New Mexico, according to the 2010 Census, is 2,059,179. The total number of households in the state is 791,395. The average household size for New Mexico is 2.4. The total number of renter households in the state is 249,273 which means that 31.5% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, New Mexico is ranked 34th in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.
According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in New Mexico is $762 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, New Mexico ranks 33rd for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.
The number of vacant rental units in New Mexico is 22,496 representing a vacancy rate of 7.8%. Among all U.S. states, New Mexico ranks 32nd for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, New Mexico’s rental housing portfolio is performing at the National average.
|Project Based Section 8||86||5,034|
|Section 8 Voucher||41‡||14,756|
|Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.
‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of New Mexico there are 41 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.
The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in New Mexico is 54.70. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Albuquerque at 6,536 units and the smallest is Luis Lopez at 1 unit(s). 70 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 2,560 units. Of the 20,582 units, 5,733 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.
There are 29 counties or county equivalents in New Mexico. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Bernalillo County at 662,564 and the smallest is Union County at 4,549. The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Roosevelt County at 40.73% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Sandoval County at 19%.
The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in New Mexico ranges from a low of 29.2 units per 1,000 renter households in Otero County to a high of 343.7 units per 1,000 renter households in Grant County. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in New Mexico is 153.1 units per 1,000 renter households.
The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in New Mexico. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.
|County||Sec 8||Sec 811||Sec 202||LIHTC||RD 515||Sr||Total Units|
|Santa Fe County||394||31||97||1,769||49||114||2,301|
|Dona Ana County||339||14||126||1,381||579||246||2,210|
|San Juan County||398||10||-||483||178||90||986|
|San Miguel County||70||14||-||248||254||102||503|
|Rio Arriba County||77||-||77||131||48||77||265|
|Los Alamos County||8||-||8||76||53||8||137|
We are tracking 65 cities in New Mexico that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 2,059,179, Central has the largest population of these cities. There are 2 Federally assisted housing communities in Central which are home to about 49 families, most of which are lower income families.
The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in New Mexico. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in New Mexico.
|City||Sec 8||Sec 811||Sec 202||LIHTC||RD 515||Sr||Total Units|
|Truth Or Consequences||81||-||50||73||94||124||210|
|San Juan Pueblo||-||-||-||31||-||-||40|
|Santo Domingo Pueblo||-||-||-||20||-||-||20|
Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.
There are 41 housing authorities in New Mexico. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 41 housing authorities, 41.5% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.
The largest housing authority in New Mexico by total housing assistance units managed is Albuquerque Housing Authority with 5,111 public housing units under management (952 public housing units and 4,159 Section 8 vouchers).
The table below provides a list of housing authorities in New Mexico and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.
|Name||Public Housing Units||Section 8 Vouchers|
|Albuquerque Housing Authority||952||4,159|
|Bernalillo County Housing Department||21||2,101|
|Eastern Regional Housing Authority||104||1,892|
|Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority||248||1,607|
|Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority||563||1,145|
|Western Regional Housing Authority||54||911|
|Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency||131||608|
|Housing Authority of the County of Taos||167||448|
|Housing Authority of the County of Santa Fe||199||276|
|Housing Authority of the County of Socorro||-||440|
|Housing Authority of the County of San Juan||-||340|
|Housing Authority of the City of Gallup||267||63|
|Housing Authority of the City of Truth Or Consequences||100||190|
|Housing Authority of the City of Las Vegas||284||-|
|Housing Authority of the City of Tucumcari||90||140|
|Housing Authority of the City of Alamogordo||221||-|
|Housing Authority of San Miguel County||-||177|
|Housing Authority of the City of Raton||156||-|
|Housing Authority of the City of Artesia||136||-|
|Housing Authority of the Town of Mountainair||-||136|
|Housing Authority of the City of Grants||20||98|
|Housing Authority of the City of Lordsburg||100||-|
|Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba||53||25|
|Town of Bernalillo Dept of Housing Services||76||-|
|Housing Authority of the Town of Bayard||70||-|
|Housing Authority of the Town of Springer||56||-|
|Housing Authority of the City of Lovington||50||-|
|Housing Authority of the Town of Clayton||50||-|
|Housing Authority of the Village of Fort Sumner||47||-|
|Housing Authority of the City of Sunland Park||40||-|
|Housing Authority of the Village of Chama||38||-|
|Housing Authority of the County of San Miguel||34||-|
|Santa Clara Housing Authority||32||-|
|Housing Authority of the Village of Pecos||31||-|
|Housing Authority of the Village of Cuba||28||-|
|Housing Authority of the Village of Maxwell||22||-|
|Housing Authority of the City of Eunice||20||-|
|Housing Authority of the Village of Wagon Mound||18||-|
|Housing Authority of the Village of Cimarron||16||-|
|Housing Authority of the County of Dona Ana||5||-|
|Housing Authority of the Village of Los Lunas||-||-|
The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 11,929 in New Mexico. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in New Mexico.
Average Household Size
Gross Rent Paid By All Renters
Vacant Units For Rent
Federally Assisted Units
Federally Assisted Projects
Tax Credit Projects/Units
Project Based Section 8 Projects/Units
Section 515 Projects/Units
Section 202 Projects/Units
Section 811 Projects/Units
RD Rental Assisted Projects/Units
Units with Project Based Rent Subsidy
Average Units Per Property