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Facts, Figures

The Lab's mission is to develop and apply science and technology to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce global threats; and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges.

People

Total employees: 13,137, including approximately:

  • Triad National Security, LLC: 9,397
  • Centerra-LA (Guard Force): 281
  • Contractors: 478
  • Students: 1,323
  • Unionized craft workers: 1,160
  • Post doctoral researchers: 498

Budget

Approx. $2.92 billion

  • 66% Weapons programs
  • 10% Nonproliferation programs
  • 5% Safeguards and Security
  • 1% Environmental Management
  • 3% DOE Office of Science
  • 3% Energy and other programs
  • 12% Work for Others

Place

Los Alamos is located in the high desert of northern New Mexico, 35 miles from the state capital of Santa Fe in New Mexico.

The Laboratory spans almost 40 square miles of DOE-owned property and has:

  • Almost 900 individual facilities
  • 13 nuclear facilities
  • 8.27 million square feet in buildings
  • $33.2 billion replacement plant value

Workforce

Triad and students only:
35% of employees live in Los Alamos; remainder commute from Santa Fe, Española, Taos, Albuquerque

Average Age: 43

  • 65% male, 35% female
  • 45% minorities
  • 67% university degrees
  • 27% hold undergraduate
    degrees
  • 19% hold master’s degrees
  • 21% have earned a PhD

Major Awards

  • 145 R&D 100 awards since 1978
  • 34 E. O. Lawrence Awards
  • 9 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers
  • 3 Glenn T. Seaborg Awards
  • The Edward Teller Medal
  • The Nobel Prize in Physics: Frederick Reines

Albuquerque to
Los Alamos, NM

98 miles; 1 hr, 51 min.

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