Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Authors

Daren Ruiz

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2011

Sponsorship

Funded by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA).

Publisher

University of New Mexico, Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Abstract

Colonias are small, under-represented communities often characterized by poor socioeconomic conditions. There are 142 HUD-designated colonias in southern New Mexico. There is a great need for information on colonias: government agencies and community planners want to improve infrastructure and allocate resources to serve colonia populations. As part of the effort to compile information about colonias, the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) developed a technique for tabulating U.S. Census Bureau data for colonia geography. This article explains the technique, demonstrated by an estimated population and household count for the Rancho Grande colonia in Catron County. Location coordinates for 109 colonias provided by New Mexico State University. Ortho-photography images and Census Bureau block boundaries obtained through the UNM Resource Geographic Information System (RGIS) Program clearinghouse. Illustrated with an ortho-photograph map.

Comments

BBER's colonia population and housing Web page includes links to an Excel file with 2010 Census data, a GIS shape file, and maps for New Mexico colonias .

Colonias_2010_Census.xls (69 kB)
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