Socorro County, NM

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2022 Population
16,453
0.915% 1-year decline
US Senator
Martin Heinrich
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ben Ray Luján
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
39.6
1% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
30.5%
5.34% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$40,699
6.42% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$132,700
18% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
5,119
4.44% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Socorro County, NM had a population of 16.5k people with a median age of 39.6 and a median household income of $40,699. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Socorro County, NM declined from 16,605 to 16,453, a −0.915% decrease and its median household income grew from $38,242 to $40,699, a 6.42% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Socorro County, NM are White (Non-Hispanic) (33.2%), White (Hispanic) (28%), Two+ (Hispanic) (17.9%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (12.1%), and Other (Hispanic) (4.39%).

None of the households in Socorro County, 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.

96.4% of the residents in Socorro County, NM are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Socorro County, NM are New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (310 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Socorro County, NM was $132,700, and the homeownership rate was 74.9%.

Most people in Socorro County, NM drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Socorro County, NM was 3 cars per household.

About the photo: Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, New Mexico

Population & Diversity

Socorro County, NM is home to a population of 16.5k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.49% of Socorro County, NM residents were born outside of the country (904 people).

In 2022, there were 1.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.46k people) in Socorro County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.61k White (Hispanic) and 2.95k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.4%
2022 Citizenship
96.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.4% of Socorro County, NM residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Socorro County, NM was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Socorro County, NM
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    5.46k ± 28
  2. White (Hispanic)
    4.61k ± 638
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    2.95k ± 637
50.3%
Hispanic Population
8.28k people

In 2022, there were 1.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.46k people) in Socorro County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.61k White (Hispanic) and 2.95k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

50.3% of the people in Socorro County, NM are hispanic (8.28k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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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

5.49%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
904 people
5.11%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
849 people

As of 2022, 5.49% of Socorro County, NM residents (904 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 Socorro County, NM was 5.11%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    358 ± 127
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    171 ± 136
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    118 ± 75

Socorro County, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Socorro County, NM employs 5.12k people. The largest industries in Socorro County, NM are Educational Services (1,317 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (582 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (499 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($107,885), Transportation & Warehousing ($83,750), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($83,542).

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

5.12k
2022 Value
± 622
−4.44%
1 Year decline
± 17.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Socorro County, NM declined at a rate of −4.44%, from 5.36k employees to 5.12k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Socorro County, NM, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (695 people), Management Occupations (551 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (366 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Socorro County, NM.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

5.12k
2022 Value
± 622
−4.44%
1 Year decline
± 17.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Socorro County, NM declined at a rate of −4.44%, from 5.36k employees to 5.12k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Socorro County, NM, are Educational Services (1,317 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (582 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (499 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Socorro County, NM, though some of these residents may live in Socorro County, 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

$36,152
Median earning men ± $8,319
$27,885
Median earning women ± $9,666

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($107,885), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($83,333), and Public Administration ($54,250).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($85,357), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($44,236), and Public Administration ($39,052).

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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. 99
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 66
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 50
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Socorro County, NM went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 52% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (45.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.58%).

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.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Socorro County, NM awarded 310 degrees. The student population of Socorro County, NM in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 1,116 male students and 573 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Socorro County, NM are White (146 and 50.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (108 and 37.5%), Asian (11 and 3.82%), and Black or African American (8 and 2.78%).

The largest universities in Socorro County, NM by number of degrees awarded are New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (310 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Socorro County, NM are Mechanical Engineering (61 and 19.7%), Computer Science (37 and 11.9%), and Electrical & Electronics Engineering (22 and 7.1%).

The median tuition cost in Socorro County, NM for a public four year colleges is $7,664 for in-state students and $24,918 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Socorro County, NM, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 33.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,689 (66.1% men and 33.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 1,689 students enrolled in Socorro County, NM, 66.1% men and 33.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 789 records, of which 31.3% were women and 68.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 47 degrees awarded
  2. 26 degrees awarded
  3. 21 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Socorro County, NM was Mechanical Engineering with 47 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
310 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with 310 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 212 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Socorro County, NM, which is 2.16 times more than the 98 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 146 degrees mean that there were 1.35 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 108 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 ($7,664) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,394) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($800) 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 Socorro County, NM was $132,700 in 2022, which is 0.471 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $112,500 to $132,700, a 18% increase. The homeownership rate in Socorro County, NM is 74.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Socorro County, NM have an average commute time of 18.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Socorro County, NM is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Median household income in Socorro County, NM is $40,699. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Socorro County, NM was Census Tract 9783.01 with a value of $60,625, followed by Census Tract 9781 and Census Tract 9783.02, with respective values of $46,536 and $44,444.

In 2022, 13.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Socorro County, NM. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.89%.

Property

$132,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$14,843
$3,712
Median Property Taxes
±$412

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Socorro County, NM the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

74.9%
Homeownership
2022
62.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 74.9% of the housing units in Socorro County, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 77.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9783.01
  2. Census Tract 9781
  3. Census Tract 9783.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Socorro County, NM was Census Tract 9783.01 with a value of $60,625, followed by Census Tract 9781 and Census Tract 9783.02, with respective values of $46,536 and $44,444.

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

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Household Income

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$40,699
Median Household Income
± $8,298
4.95k
Number of Households
± 493

In 2022, the median household income of the 4.95k households in Socorro County, NM grew to $40,699 from the previous year's value of $38,242.

The following chart displays the households in Socorro County, 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 Socorro County, 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 (59.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (17.2%)
  3. Carpooled (10.7%)

In 2022, 59.1% of workers in Socorro County, NM drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (17.2%) and those who carpooled to work (10.7%).

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Commute Time

18.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Socorro County, NM have a shorter commute time (18.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.16% of the workforce in Socorro County, NM have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

3 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Socorro County, NM distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Socorro County, NM have 3 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.4% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Socorro County, NM. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.89%.

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Poverty & Diversity

30.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Socorro County, NM (4.81k out of 15.8k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Socorro County, NM is Hispanic, followed by White and Native American.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 38.1% of the children was living in poverty in Socorro County, NM. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 515 in Socorro County, NM. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 123 per 100,000 population.

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Health

93.3% of the population of Socorro County, NM has health coverage, with 29.5% on employee plans, 37.8% on Medicaid, 10.3% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 1.25% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Socorro County, NM see 2080 patients per year on average, which represents a 13% decrease from the previous year (2391 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1838 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 570 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.9% were men and 50.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,080 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Socorro County, NM

Primary care physicians in Socorro County, NM see an average of 2,080 patients per year. This represents a 13% decrease from the previous year (2,391 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.1% under 18 years, 18.2% between 18 and 34 years, 36.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.9% were men and 50.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.67%
Uninsured
29.5%
Employer Coverage
37.8%
Medicaid
10.3%
Medicare
14.4%
Non-Group
1.25%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Socorro County, NM declined by 12% from 7.58% to 6.67%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 66.9 in Socorro County, NM.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 32.7% in Socorro County, NM.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.3% in Socorro County, NM.

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