Portales, NM

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
19,142
0.421% 1-year decline
US Senator
Martin Heinrich
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ben Ray Luján
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
31.3
2.29% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
20.6%
9.66% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$52,644
9.91% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$128,100
8.93% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
8,526
2.93% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Portales, NM had a population of 19.1k people with a median age of 31.3 and a median household income of $52,644. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Portales, NM declined from 19,223 to 19,142, a −0.421% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,897 to $52,644, a 9.91% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Portales, NM are White (Non-Hispanic) (49.3%), White (Hispanic) (21.7%), Other (Hispanic) (12.4%), Two+ (Hispanic) (9.47%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3%).

None of the households in Portales, NM reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.1% of the residents in Portales, NM are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Portales, NM are Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus (1,342 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Portales, NM was $128,100, and the homeownership rate was 60.1%.

Most people in Portales, NM drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Portales, NM was 2 cars per household.

Portales, NM borders Clovis, NM, Hobbs, NM, and Roswell, NM.

About the photo: Lesser prairie chicken survey site near Milnesand, NM

Population & Diversity

Portales, NM is home to a population of 19.1k people, from which 94.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.5% of Portales, NM residents were born outside of the country (1.63k people).

In 2022, there were 2.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (9.43k people) in Portales, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.15k White (Hispanic) and 2.38k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.1%
2022 Citizenship
92.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 94.1% of Portales, NM residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Portales, NM was 92.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Portales, NM
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    9.43k ± 102
  2. White (Hispanic)
    4.15k ± 520
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    2.38k ± 532
44%
Hispanic Population
8.43k people

In 2022, there were 2.27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (9.43k people) in Portales, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.15k White (Hispanic) and 2.38k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

44% of the people in Portales, NM are hispanic (8.43k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Portales, NM as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for New Mexico.
Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    128,832 ± 8,539 people
  2. Philippines
    5,882 ± 1,880 people
  3. Germany
    4,070 ± 1,565 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Mexico was Mexico, the natal country of 128,832 New Mexico residents, followed by Philippines with 5,882 and Germany with 4,070.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.63k people
10.6%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
2.04k people

As of 2022, 8.5% of Portales, NM residents (1.63k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Portales, NM was 10.6%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    542 ± 195
  2. Vietnam
    146 ± 75
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    113 ± 69

Portales, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 3.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Portales, NM employs 8.53k people. The largest industries in Portales, NM are Educational Services (1,181 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (915 people), and Retail Trade (804 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($91,685), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($59,271), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,157).

Males in New Mexico have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,740. The income inequality in New Mexico (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

8.53k
2022 Value
± 838
2.93%
1 Year growth
± 13.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portales, NM grew at a rate of 2.93%, from 8.28k employees to 8.53k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Portales, NM, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (892 people), Transportation Occupations (819 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (621 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Portales, NM.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

8.53k
2022 Value
± 838
2.93%
1 Year growth
± 13.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Portales, NM grew at a rate of 2.93%, from 8.28k employees to 8.53k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Portales, NM, are Educational Services (1,181 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (915 people), and Retail Trade (804 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Portales, NM, though some of these residents may live in Portales, NM and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$36,537
Median earning men ± $4,311
$22,917
Median earning women ± $7,939

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($59,306), Information ($55,854), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($51,875).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($120,069), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($59,167), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($45,833).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.72%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 860k people employed in New Mexico. This represents a 2.72% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in New Mexico.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 101
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 73
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 56
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in New Mexico went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (43.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.36%).

Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are the senators currently representing the state of New Mexico. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New Mexico is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from New Mexico

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Martin Heinrich
Senator from New Mexico1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ben Ray Luján
Senator from New Mexico2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are the senators currently representing New Mexico.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from New Mexico

New Mexico is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New Mexico have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Portales, NM awarded 1,342 degrees. The student population of Portales, NM in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,826 male students and 3,280 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Portales, NM are White (626 and 47.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (516 and 39.2%), Black or African American (57 and 4.32%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (29 and 2.2%).

The largest universities in Portales, NM by number of degrees awarded are Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus (1,342 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Portales, NM are Liberal Arts & Sciences (261 and 19.4%), Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology (130 and 9.69%), and General Education (122 and 9.09%).

The median tuition cost in Portales, NM for a public four year colleges is $4,194 for in-state students and $6,174 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Portales, NM, the percentage of applicants admitted was 27.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 92.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 5,106 (35.8% men and 64.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 5,106 students enrolled in Portales, NM, 35.8% men and 64.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 1,854 records, of which 68.4% were women and 31.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 81 degrees awarded
  2. 71 degrees awarded
  3. 70 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Portales, NM was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 81 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Portales, NM according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,342 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus with 1,342 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 427 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Portales, NM, which is 0.467 times less than the 915 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 626 degrees mean that there were 1.21 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 516 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($4,194) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,544) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($950) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.05% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.86% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (454k), Some college (398k), and Secondary Education (257k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Portales, NM was $128,100 in 2022, which is 0.454 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $117,600 to $128,100, a 8.93% increase. The homeownership rate in Portales, NM is 60.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Portales, NM have an average commute time of 17.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Portales, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Portales, NM is $52,644. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Portales, NM was Los Alamos County, NM with a value of $135,801, followed by Eddy County, NM and Sandoval County, NM, with respective values of $77,458 and $76,424.

Property

$128,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$19,348
$4,183
Median Property Taxes
±$447

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Rent vs Own

60.1%
Homeownership
2022
69.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 60.1% of the housing units in Portales, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Portales, NM was Los Alamos County, NM with a value of $135,801, followed by Eddy County, NM and Sandoval County, NM, with respective values of $77,458 and $76,424.

The following map shows all of the counties in Portales, NM colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$52,644
Median Household Income
± $6,336
6.96k
Number of Households
± 687

In 2022, the median household income of the 6.96k households in Portales, NM grew to $52,644 from the previous year's value of $47,897.

The following chart displays the households in Portales, NM distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Portales, NM is from New Mexico.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in New Mexico
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in New Mexico

In 2022, the income inequality in New Mexico was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.44% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for New Mexico was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in New Mexico in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.5%)
  2. Carpooled (14.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.81%)

In 2022, 77.5% of workers in Portales, NM drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (14.5%) and those who worked at home (3.81%).

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Commute Time

17.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Portales, NM have a shorter commute time (17.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.17% of the workforce in Portales, NM have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Portales, NM distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Portales, NM have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Portales, NM (3.7k out of 18k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males < 5 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Portales, NM is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

88.5% of the population of Portales, NM has health coverage, with 30% on employee plans, 32.6% on Medicaid, 9.92% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 3.9% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in New Mexico see 1316 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.5% decrease from the previous year (1336 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1449 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 238 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,316 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in New Mexico

Primary care physicians in New Mexico see an average of 1,316 patients per year. This represents a 1.5% decrease from the previous year (1,336 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in New Mexico in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26% under 18 years, 27.1% between 18 and 34 years, 32% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.5% were men and 53.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.5%
Uninsured
30%
Employer Coverage
32.6%
Medicaid
9.92%
Medicare
12.1%
Non-Group
3.9%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Portales, NM declined by 20.8% from 14.5% to 11.5%.

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