January 2018 Graphic

January 2018 Graphic
Graphic Legend

This map shows commuting patterns across New Mexico's Mid-Region and Santa Fe County. The commutes are represented by lines drawn between census block group centroids. the volumes of the commutes are depicted on a color spectrum from dark blue (the lowest number of commutes), to red, to yellow (the highest number of commutes).

The map shows that the region's most prominent commuting patters go between the city of Santa Fe, the greater Albuquerque metro area, and central Valencia County. Large employment centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe show up as bright yellow spots, such as Downtown Santa Fe, Downtown Albuquerque, Journal Center, and Sandia Labs. However, it is important to note that census block group boundaries are based largely on distribution of residences (typically 600 to 3,000 people per block group), not on even distribution of employment locations. Therefore this map tends to emphasize block groups with a high number of employment sites and a few residences. 

  • Source: U.S. Census Bureau. LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (2002 to 2015)
  • Credits: Andrew Gingerich, GIS/Data Analyst & James Kolberg, Socioeconomic Analyst