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Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

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.

LANL Facts, Figures – 2015


Total employees, 10,827

  • Los Alamos National Security, LLC, 7,465
  • SOC Los Alamos, 357
  • Contractors, 407
  • Students, 1,300
  • Unionized craft workers, 943
  • Post doctoral researchers, 355

Budget, FY 2015

Approx. $2.2 billion

  • 59% Weapons programs
  • 10% Nonproliferation programs
  • 6% Safeguards and Security
  • 7% Environmental Management
  • 4% DOE Office of Science
  • 3% Energy and other programs
  • 11% Work for Others


Located 35 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on 36 square miles of DOE-owned property

More than 2,000 individual facilities, including 47 technical areas with 8 million square feet under roof including

  • 1,280 buildings (11 nuclear facilities)
  • 268 miles of roads (100 paved)
  • 34 miles of electrical lines
  • 63 miles of gas lines
  • power plant

Replacement value of $9.8 billion


LANS and students only:
43% of employees live in Los Alamos; remainder commute from Santa Fe, Española, Taos, Albuquerque

Average Age: 45

  • 64% male, 36% female
  • 42% minorities
  • 65% university degrees
  • 24% hold undergraduate degrees
  • 19% hold master’s degrees
  • 22% have earned a PhD

Major Awards

R&D 100 awards since 1978: 124
E.O. Lawrence Awards: 34
Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers: 6
Seaborg Medal
Edward Teller Medal
Nobel Prize in Physics: Frederick Reines

Albuquerque to Los Alamos, NM

98 miles; 1 hr, 51 min.

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Innovations for a secure nation

Four Los Alamos projects selected as R&D 100 Award finalists

Four Los Alamos projects selected as R&D 100 Award finalists

Finalists include X-ray imaging, pipe corrosion, data handling and damage-detection software  

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Contact LANL

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM 87545

Journalist Queries
Communications Office
(505) 667-7000

Directory Assistance
(505) 667-5061

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