HTC Areas

New Mexico Hard-to-Count Areas

The goal of the decennial census is to count each person in the United States based on their residence as of April 1. The Census Bureau asks that as many households as possible submit their responses to this questionnaire via the Internet or by mail — this is the self-response component of the decennial census.

Hard-to-Count (HTC) Communities 

Historically, the self-response rate in New Mexico has been relatively low compared to the rest of the nation. Populations who do not submit their Census questionnaire for various reasons such as having language difficulties, concerns about trust in government, or otherwise are are considered Hard to Count (HTC), because the Census Bureau sends enumerators into the field to talk with each non-responding household one-by-one.

View the self-response rate map to see in real-time how New Mexicans are responding to the Census. 

Populations at Risk of Being Undercounted

Some populations historically have been, or are at risk of being, missed in the census at disproportionately high rates. These include (based on 2013-17 estimates):

~48% of New Mexico’s population is Hispanic (regardless of race)

~3% of New Mexico’s population reported their race as Black (either alone or in combination with other races)

~2% of New Mexico’s population reported their race as Asian (either alone or in combination with other races)

~11% of New Mexico’s population reported their race as American Indian or Alaska Native (either alone or in combination with other races)