Luna County, NM

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Population

24,319

1.25% decline

Poverty Rate

31.8%


Median Age

39


Median Household Income

$27,602

1.01% growth

Number of Employees

7,895

1.46% decline

Median Property Value

$83,800

1.76% decline

About

In 2017, Luna County, NM had a population of 24.3k people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $27,602. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Luna County, NM declined from 24,627 to 24,319, a -1.25% decrease and its median household income grew from $27,326 to $27,602, a 1.01% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Luna County, NM are White (Hispanic) (60.6%), White (Non-Hispanic) (31%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (3.98%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.23%), and Two or More Races (Hispanic) (0.901%). N/A% of the people in Luna County, NM speak a non-English language, and 86.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Luna County, NM is $83,800, and the homeownership rate is 61.8%. Most people in Luna County, NM commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17 minutes. The average car ownership in Luna County, NM is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Macho Springs Wind Farm, New Mexico 28 turbines (50 MW) on the Deming Plain near Nutt, Luna Co., NM. Mimbres Mountains in background.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Luna County, NM employs 7.9k people. The largest industries in Luna County, NM are Retail Trade (1,175 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,143 people), and Manufacturing (868 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($95,000), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,726), and Construction ($45,500).

Median household income in Luna County, NM is $27,602. Males in Luna County, NM have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,925. The income inequality in Luna County, NM (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$27,602

2017 value

± $1,859

1.01%

1 Year Growth

± 9.9%

Households in Luna County, NM have a median annual income of $27,602, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $27,326 in 2016, which represents a 1.01% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$54,854

Average Male Salary

± $2,038

$41,925

Average Female Salary

± $1,598

In 2017, full-time male employees in New Mexico made 1.31 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in New Mexico by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $52,566 ± $11,622

  2. White

    $43,679 ± $1,381

  3. Black

    $41,055 ± $8,510

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of New Mexico workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Luna County, NM is from New Mexico.

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.463

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in New Mexico was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.278% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for New Mexico was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in New Mexico in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in New Mexico across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 2

  2. Census Tract 1

  3. Census Tract 5

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Luna County, NM was Census Tract 2 with a value of $29,810, followed by Census Tract 1 and Census Tract 5, with respective values of $29,403 and $27,742.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

31.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Luna County, NM (7.61k out of 23.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    6,783 ± 562

  2. Hispanic

    5,843 ± 500

  3. Other

    359 ± 145

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Luna County, 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

7.9k

2017 Value

± 676

-1.46%

1 Year decline

± 12.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Luna County, NM declined at a rate of -1.46%, from 8.01k employees to 7.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Luna County, NM, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (977 people), Sales & Related Occupations (754 people), and Production Occupations (706 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Luna County, NM.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Luna County, NM, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (977 people), Sales & Related Occupations (754 people), and Production Occupations (706 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Luna County, NM has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (7.11 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.57 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.7 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Luna County, NM, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($79,375), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($73,295), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($57,188).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.9k

2017 Value

± 676

-1.46%

1 Year decline

± 12.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Luna County, NM declined at a rate of -1.46%, from 8.01k employees to 7.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Luna County, NM, are Retail Trade (1,175 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,143 people), and Manufacturing (868 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Luna County, NM, though some of these residents may live in Luna County, NM and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Luna County, NM, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,175 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,143 people), and Manufacturing (868 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Luna County, NM has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.35 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.81 times), and Public Administration (1.7 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Luna County, NM, by median earnings, are Utilities ($95,000), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,726), and Construction ($45,500).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Mexico to other states, or from other states to New Mexico.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $14.9B

  2. $13.1B

  3. $8.75B

In 2015, the top outbound New Mexico product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $14.9B, followed by Crude petroleum ($13.1B) and Electronics ($8.75B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Mexico products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$74.8B

2020 Value

$110B

Projected 2045 Value

47.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound New Mexico trade was $74.8B. This is expected to increase 47.6% to $110B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Mexico trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Mexico to other states, or from other states to New Mexico.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $10.6B

  2. $9.8B

  3. $6.35B

In 2015, the top outbound New Mexico domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $10.6B, followed by Arizona with $9.8B and Oregon and $6.35B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Mexico shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

85.6% of the population of Luna County, NM has health coverage, with 21.4% on employee plans, 41.1% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 1.72% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Luna County, NM was $7,214 in 2014. This is a 5.16% increase from the previous year ($6,860).

Primary care physicians in Luna County, NM see 2724 patients per year on average, which represents a 21.4% increase from the previous year (2243 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2445 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 741 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cibola County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.7%). Additionally, McKinley County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,724 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Luna County, NM see an average of 2,724 patients per year. This represents a 21.4% increase from the previous year (2,243 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,214

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,155

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,445

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,663

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in New Mexico (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.16%, from $6,860 to $7,214.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

14.4%

Uninsured

21.4%

Employer Coverage

41.1%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

10.7%

Non-Group

1.72%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Luna County, NM declined by 13.5% from 16.7% to 14.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Luna County, NM changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.7% prevalence

  2. 13.3% prevalence

  3. 10.9% prevalence

Cibola County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in New Mexico, at 13.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in New Mexico by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Luna County, NM is home to a population of 24.3k people, from which 86.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 18.7% of Luna County, NM residents were born outside of the country (4.55k people).

In 2017, there were 1.96 times more White (Hispanic) residents (14.7k people) in Luna County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.53k White (Non-Hispanic) and 968 Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.6

53

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Luna County, NM was 39. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 53. But people in Luna County, NM are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Luna County, NM residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.55k people

16.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.1k people

As of 2017, 18.7% of Luna County, NM residents (4.55k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Luna County, NM was 16.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    145,710 ± 9,038 people

  2. Germany

    5,026 ± 1,738 people

  3. Philippines

    3,772 ± 1,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New Mexico was Mexico, the natal country of 145,710 New Mexico residents, followed by Germany with 5,026 and Philippines with 3,772.

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Citizenship

86.7%

2017 Citizenship

87.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 86.7% of Luna County, NM residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Luna County, NM was 87.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Luna County, NM

  1. White (Hispanic)

    14.7k ± 398

  2. White (Non-Hispanic)

    7.53k ± 22

  3. Some Other Race (Hispanic)

    968 ± 329

In 2017, there were 1.96 times more White (Hispanic) residents (14.7k people) in Luna County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.53k White (Non-Hispanic) and 968 Some Other Race (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    666 ± 174

  2. Korea

    229 ± 111

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    154 ± 75

Luna County, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.91 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Luna County, NM was $83,800 in 2017, which is 0.365 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $85,300 to $83,800, a 1.76% decrease. The homeownership rate in Luna County, NM is 61.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Luna County, NM have an average commute time of 17 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Luna County, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$83,800

2017 Median

± $6,256

$85,300

2016 Median

± $7,653

In 2017, the median property value in Luna County, NM declined from to $83,800 from the previous year's value of $85,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Luna County, NM compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Luna County, NM the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$27,602

Median Household Income

± $1,859

9.09k

Number of Households

± 678

In 2017, the median household income of the 9.09k households in Luna County, NM grew to $27,602 from the previous year's value of $27,326.

The following chart displays the households in Luna 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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Luna County, NM distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Luna County, NM the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.8%

2017 Homeownership

64.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.8% of the housing units in Luna County, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Luna County, NM compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

17 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Luna County, NM have a shorter commute time (17 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.37% of the workforce in Luna County, NM have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.2%

  2. Carpooled

    11.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.54%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Luna County, NM was Drove Alone (79.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.6%) and those who Worked At Home (4.54%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Luna County, NM distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Luna County, NM have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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