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Lincoln County, NM&

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1.03% decline
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1.58% decline
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5.43% decline
Median Property Value
5.25% growth


The economy of Lincoln County, NM employs 7,594 people. The economy of Lincoln County, NM is specialized in Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; Utilities; and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, which employ respectively 3.85; 2.83; and 2.41 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Lincoln County, NM are Accommodation & Food Service (1,111), Construction (915), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (759), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($77,616), Educational Services ($44,875), and Utilities ($42,188).

Median household income in Lincoln County, NM is $40,065. Males in Lincoln County, NM have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $33,592. The income inequality of Lincoln County, NM (measured using the Gini index) is 0.429 which is lower than the national average.


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Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Lincoln County, NM. In Lincoln County, NM the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 66 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,303. McKinley County, NM has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in New Mexico.


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Lincoln County, NM is home to a population of 19,726 people, from which 95.6% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Lincoln County, NM is composed of 12,606 White residents (63.9%), 6,217 Hispanic residents (31.5%), 416 Two+ residents (2.11%), 290 Native residents (1.47%), and 117 Black residents (0.59%). The most common foreign languages in Lincoln County, NM are Spanish (3,720 speakers), Navajo (212 speakers), and French (103 speakers), but compared to other places, Lincoln County, NM has a relative high number of Navajo (212 speakers), Mon-Khmer, Cambodian (32 speakers), and Spanish (3,720 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Lincoln County, NM awarded 113 degrees. The student population of Lincoln County, NM is skewed towards females, with 37 male students and 76 female students. Most students in Lincoln County, NM are White (59 and 52.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (36 and 31.9%), American Indian (11 and 9.7%), and Two or more races (3 and 2.65%). The largest universities in Lincoln County, NM by number of graduates are Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Campus (113 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Lincoln County, NM are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (43 and 38.1%), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (11 and 9.7%), and Computer Support Specialist (0 and N/A). The median tuition costs in Lincoln County, 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.



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The median property value in Lincoln County, NM is $170,400, which is 0.83 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $161,900 to $170,400, a 5.25% increase. The homeownership rate of Lincoln County, NM is 78.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Lincoln County, NM have an average commute time of 19.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lincoln County, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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