Los Alamos, NM

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Population

12,035

2.57% growth

Median Age

41.7


Median Household Income

$101,399

0.134% decline

Poverty Rate

6.41%


Number of Employees

6,369

1.37% growth

Median Property Value

$291,800

5.08% growth

About

In 2017, Los Alamos, NM had a population of 12k people with a median age of 41.7 and a median household income of $101,399. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Los Alamos, NM grew from 11,733 to 12,035, a 2.57% increase and its median household income declined from $101,535 to $101,399, a -0.134% decrease.

The population of Los Alamos, NM is 71.4% White Alone, 17.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.48% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Los Alamos, NM speak a non-English language, and 94.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Los Alamos, NM are University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus (109 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Los Alamos, NM is $291,800, and the homeownership rate is 65.9%. Most people in Los Alamos, NM commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14 minutes. The average car ownership in Los Alamos, NM is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Los Alamos, NM employs 6.37k people. The largest industries in Los Alamos, NM are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,413 people), Educational Services (554 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (452 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($123,229), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($103,485), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($102,934).

Median household income in Los Alamos, NM is $101,399. Males in Los Alamos, 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 Los Alamos, NM (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$101,399

2017 value

± $8,775

-0.134%

1 Year Growth

± 11.6%

Households in Los Alamos, NM have a median annual income of $101,399, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $101,535 in 2016, which represents a -0.134% 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.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in New Mexico by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Los Alamos, 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 1

  2. Census Tract 2

  3. Census Tract 4

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Los Alamos, NM was Census Tract 1 with a value of $134,957, followed by Census Tract 2 and Census Tract 4, with respective values of $93,966 and $82,472.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 75+

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

6.41% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Los Alamos, NM (766 out of 11.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    561 ± 160

  2. Hispanic

    282 ± 139

  3. Other

    107 ± 118

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Los Alamos, 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

6.37k

2017 Value

± 477

1.37%

1 Year growth

± 10.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Los Alamos, NM grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 6.28k employees to 6.37k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Los Alamos, NM, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1,356 people), Management Occupations (797 people), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (636 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Los Alamos, NM.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Los Alamos, NM, by number of employees, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1,356 people), Management Occupations (797 people), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (636 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Los Alamos, NM has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (24.1 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (5.43 times), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.67 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Los Alamos, NM, by median earnings, are Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($120,250), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($111,500), and Protective Service Occupations ($107,315).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.37k

2017 Value

± 477

1.37%

1 Year growth

± 10.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Los Alamos, NM grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 6.28k employees to 6.37k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Los Alamos, NM, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,413 people), Educational Services (554 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (452 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Los Alamos, NM, though some of these residents may live in Los Alamos, 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 Los Alamos, NM, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (3,413 people), Educational Services (554 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (452 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Los Alamos, NM has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (7.65 times higher than expected), Educational Services (0.939 times), and Public Administration (0.928 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Los Alamos, NM, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($123,229), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($103,485), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($102,934).

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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

95.9% of the population of Los Alamos, NM has health coverage, with 71.9% on employee plans, 3.03% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 8.5% on non-group plans, and 0.594% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Los Alamos, NM see 1325 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.684% increase from the previous year (1316 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1544 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 271 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

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1,325 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in New Mexico see an average of 1,325 patients per year. This represents a 0.684% increase from the previous year (1,316 patients).

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

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

4.13%

Uninsured

71.9%

Employer Coverage

3.03%

Medicaid

11.8%

Medicare

8.5%

Non-Group

0.594%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Los Alamos, NM declined by 36% from 6.45% to 4.13%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Los Alamos, 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

Los Alamos, NM is home to a population of 12k people, from which 94.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 12.2% of Los Alamos, NM residents were born outside of the country (1.47k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Los Alamos, NM is composed of 8.59k White Alone residents (71.4%), 2.11k Hispanic or Latino residents (17.5%), 900 Asian Alone residents (7.48%), 292 Two or More Races residents (2.43%), 88 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.731%), 46 Black or African American Alone residents (0.382%), 8 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0665%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.4

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Los Alamos, NM was 41.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Los Alamos, NM are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Los Alamos, NM residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

12.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.47k people

12.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.44k people

As of 2017, 12.2% of Los Alamos, NM residents (1.47k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Los Alamos, NM was 12.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

94.3%

2017 Citizenship

94.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.3% of Los Alamos, NM residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Los Alamos, NM was 94.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    8.59k ± 329

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2.11k ± 370

  3. Asian Alone

    900 ± 198

In 2017, there were 4.08 times more White Alone residents (8.59k people) in Los Alamos, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.11k Hispanic or Latino and 900 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Los Alamos, NM as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    299 ± 88

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    102 ± 57

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    67 ± 44

Los Alamos, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Los Alamos, NM awarded 109 degrees. The student population of Los Alamos, NM is skewed towards women, with 384 male students and 534 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Los Alamos, NM are Hispanic or Latino (53 and 48.6%), followed by White (45 and 41.3%), American Indian or Alaska Native (5 and 4.59%), and Asian (3 and 2.75%).

The largest universities in Los Alamos, NM by number of degrees awarded are University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus (109 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Los Alamos, NM are Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (23 and 21.1%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (17 and 15.6%), and General Business Administration & Management (16 and 14.7%).

The median tuition costs in Los Alamos, NM are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 17 degrees awarded

  2. 12 degrees awarded

  3. 7 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Los Alamos, NM was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 17 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

109 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Los Alamos, NM institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus with 109 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

48

Degrees Awarded to Men

61

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 48 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Los Alamos, NM, which is 0.787 times less than the 61 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Los Alamos, NM by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    53 degrees awarded

  2. White

    45 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    5 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Los Alamos, NM were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 53 degrees mean that there were 1.18 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 45 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Los Alamos, NM was $291,800 in 2017, which is 1.27 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $277,700 to $291,800, a 5.08% increase. The homeownership rate in Los Alamos, NM is 65.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Los Alamos, NM have an average commute time of 14 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Los Alamos, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$291,800

2017 Median

± $21,174

$277,700

2016 Median

± $12,634

In 2017, the median property value in Los Alamos, NM grew to to $291,800 from the previous year's value of $277,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Los Alamos, 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 Los Alamos, NM the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

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$101,399

Median Household Income

± $8,775

5.24k

Number of Households

± 406

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.24k households in Los Alamos, NM declined from $101,399 from the previous year's value of $101,535.

The following chart displays the households in Los Alamos, 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Los Alamos, NM distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Los Alamos, NM the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

65.9%

2017 Homeownership

65.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65.9% of the housing units in Los Alamos, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.6%.

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

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Commute Time

14 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Los Alamos, NM have a shorter commute time (14 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.687% of the workforce in Los Alamos, NM have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.29%

  3. Walked

    4.04%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Los Alamos, NM was Drove Alone (75.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.29%) and those who Walked (4.04%).

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

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