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The 2000 Census showed that Bernalillo County had a population of 556,678 people. This represented 30.6% of the total population of New Mexico, making it the state's most populous county (out of 33 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Bernalillo had a population of 642,527 people. This is an increase of 15.42% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010662,564+19.02%+3.12% since 2009
2009642,527+15.42%+1.11% since 2008
2008635,444+14.15%+1.05% since 2007
2007628,825+12.96%+1.51% since 2006
2006619,490+11.28%+1.92% since 2005
2005607,825+9.19%+2.22% since 2004
2004594,644+6.82%+2% since 2003
2003582,986+4.73%+1.61% since 2002
2002573,726+3.06%+1.99% since 2001
2001562,515+1.05%+1.05% since 2000
2000556,678The Last Census

Bernalillo County had 239,074 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Bernalillo County has a total area<3> of 1,168 square miles [3,026 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (2.62 square miles [6.78 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Bernalillo County had a population density of 477.4 people per square mile [184.3 people/km²], making it the most densely populated county in New Mexico.

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Bernalillo County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Bernalillo and the state of New Mexico.

Click here for the Bernalillo County QuickFact (QF-35001).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Bernalillo County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Rio RanchoQF-356346082,57451,76559.52%
Los Ranchos de AlbuquerqueQF-35439305,5885,0929.74%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Bernalillo County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CibolaQF-35006   W27,03625,5955.63%
SandovalQF-35043   N125,98889,90840.13%
Santa FeQF-35049   NE147,532129,29214.11%
TorranceQF-35057   SE16,47516,911-2.58%
ValenciaQF-35061   S72,91366,15210.22%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Bernalillo. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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