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Sierra County, NM&

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Population
11,442
1.49% decline
Median Age
56
Median Household Income
$29,679
1.1% growth
Poverty Rate
22.1%
Number of Employees
3,969
0.05% decline
Median Property Value
$89,900
9% decline

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Economy

The economy of Sierra County, NM employs 3,969 people. The economy of Sierra County, NM is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Utilities; and Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction, which employ respectively 4.1; 4.04; and 2.73 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Sierra County, NM are Healthcare & Social Assistance (694), Retail trade (448), and Public Admin. (421), and the highest paying industries are Real Estate, Rental & Leasing ($85,847), Utilities ($62,688), and Educational Services ($36,236).

Median household income in Sierra County, NM is $29,679. Males in Sierra County, NM have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,759. The income inequality of Sierra County, NM (measured using the Gini index) is 0.494 which is higher than the national average.

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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Sierra County, NM. In Sierra County, NM the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 53 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,027. McKinley County, NM has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in New Mexico.

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Diversity

Sierra County, NM is home to a population of 11,442 people, from which 97.9% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Sierra County, NM is composed of 7,586 White residents (66.3%), 3,387 Hispanic residents (29.6%), 325 Two+ residents (2.84%), 73 Black residents (0.64%), and 37 Native residents (0.32%). The most common foreign languages in Sierra County, NM are Spanish (2,224 speakers), Tagalog (44 speakers), and German (22 speakers), but compared to other places, Sierra County, NM has a relative high number of Spanish (2,224 speakers), Tagalog (44 speakers), and Other West Germanic (8 speakers).

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Education

In 2015 universities in Southwest New Mexico PUMA, NM awarded 1,003 degrees. The student population of Southwest New Mexico PUMA, NM is skewed towards females, with 475 male students and 528 female students. Most students in Southwest New Mexico PUMA, NM are White (415 and 41.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (339 and 33.8%), Unknown (110 and 11%), and American Indian (28 and 2.79%). The largest universities in Southwest New Mexico PUMA, NM by number of graduates are Western New Mexico University (640 and 63.8%), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (363 and 36.2%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Southwest New Mexico PUMA, NM are Mechanical Engineering (58 and 5.78%), Petroleum Engineering (40 and 3.99%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (32 and 3.19%). The median tuition costs in Southwest New Mexico PUMA, NM are N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,740 and $11,400 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sierra County, NM is $89,900, which is 0.44 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $98,800 to $89,900, a 9% increase. The homeownership rate of Sierra County, NM is 72.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Sierra County, NM have an average commute time of 15.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sierra County, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

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