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Population in 2012: 482 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -8.5%
 

Males: 232  (48.3%)
Females: 250  (51.7%)

Median resident age:  33.8 years
Texas median age:  30.8 years

Zip codes: 79718.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $27,412 (it was $16,071 in 2000)
Balmorhea:

$27,412
TX:

$50,740
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $12,255

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $25,840 (it was $19,300 in 2000)
Balmorhea:

$25,840
TX:

$129,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $50,744; Detached houses: $33,087; Mobile homes: $94,649

Median gross rent in 2012: $404.

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  • Hispanic - 401 (83.7%)
  • White alone - 65 (13.6%)
  • Black alone - 8 (1.7%)
  • Asian alone - 5 (1.0%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Balmorhea: 77.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (2.1%), Irish (1.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 0.39 square miles.

Population density: 1,244 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Balmorhea:

  • High school or higher: 57.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.1%
  • Unemployed: 3.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Balmorhea city:

  • Never married: 28.9%
  • Now married: 41.5%
  • Separated: 2.8%
  • Widowed: 9.5%
  • Divorced: 17.2%

68 residents are foreign born

This city:  9.8%
Texas:  16.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,045 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $288 (1.6%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Odessa, TX (101.5 miles , pop. 90,943).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: El Paso, TX (167.8 miles , pop. 563,662).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Antonio, TX (330.0 miles , pop. 1,144,646).

Nearest cities: Toyah, TX (4.8 miles) , Fort Davis, TX (5.3 miles ), Pecos, TX (5.8 miles ), Barstow, TX (6.2 miles ), Alpine, TX (6.6 miles ), Coyanosa, TX (6.6 miles) , Marfa, TX (7.0 miles ), Van Horn Rural, TX (7.1 miles) .

Latitude: 30.98 N, Longitude: 103.74 W

Area code: 432

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.7%
Texas:

6.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -233 (-30.7%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (22%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (15%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
  • Educational services (33%)
  • Accommodation and food services (26%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Health care and social assistance (12%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Utilities (2%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (13%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7%)
  • Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers (6%)
  • Cashiers (17%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (13%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (11%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (11%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Balmorhea-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 63% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/22/1987, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 3.9 miles away from the Balmorhea city center killed 30 people and injured 121 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1955, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 32.7 miles away from the city center injured one person.

Earthquake activity:

Balmorhea-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 53.6 miles away from the city center
On 4/15/1995 at 14:33:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 55.2 miles away from Balmorhea center
On 11/12/1995 at 17:45:59, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 52.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/15/1998 at 10:33:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 60.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/1/1995 at 01:06:15, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 52.8 miles away from Balmorhea center
On 4/14/1995 at 02:19:38, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 52.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Reeves County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 3, Fires: 2 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Balmorhea:

  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (about 105 miles; Odessa, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,108)
  • El Paso Community College (about 164 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 10,943)
  • The University of Texas at El Paso (about 172 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 12,687)
  • Angelo State University (about 197 miles; San Angelo, TX; FT enrollment: 5,118)
  • South Plains College (about 197 miles; Levelland, TX; FT enrollment: 4,679)
  • New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (about 199 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 3,159)
  • New Mexico State University-Main Campus (about 200 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 14,681)

Public high school in Balmorhea:

  • Balmorhea School (Students: 159; Location: 1ST & EL PASO; Grades: PK-12; Our rating: 59)
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Reeves County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 24.8%
(10.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 6.7% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.9 people
Texas:  2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  76.0%
Whole state:  69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  7.2%
Whole state:  6.0%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Balmorhea, TX

Balmorhea compared to Texas state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Balmorhea travel time to work - commute


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (43%)
  • Electricity (36%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3%)

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Religion statistics for Balmorhea city (based on Reeves County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 75.63%
Here75.6%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionChurches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchOther
Adherents63.7%24.1%3.4%2.8%6.0%
Congregations19.4%29.0%12.9%12.9%25.8%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Reeves County:

0.90 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Reeves County:

1.79 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Reeves County:

7.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Here:

8.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.0%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Reeves County:

26.9%
Texas:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.7%
State:

15.7%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 1$1,750$21,0000$0
Water Supply 2$3,500$21,0000$0
Totals for Government 3$5,250$21,0000$0

Balmorhea government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $163,000 ($338.17)
  • Current Operations - Parks & Recreation: $76,000 ($157.68)
    Sewerage: $37,000 ($76.76)
    Water Utilities: $12,000 ($24.90)
    Police Protection: $11,000 ($22.82)
    General - Other: $8,000 ($16.60)
    Health Services - Other: $5,000 ($10.37)
    Financial Administration: $4,000 ($8.30)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($2.07)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $11,000 ($22.82)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $76,000 ($157.68)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $4,000 ($8.30)

Balmorhea government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $25,000 ($51.87)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $90,000 ($186.72)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $163,000 ($338.17)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $49,000 ($101.66)
    Property: $15,000 ($31.12)

Balmorhea government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $81,000 ($168.05)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $81,000 ($168.05)

Balmorhea government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $63,000 ($130.71)

6.31% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($24,580 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.31%
Texas average:

8.37%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Ector County, TX  1.07% ($22,649 average AGI)
from Midland County, TX  0.37% ($31,692)
from Ward County, TX  0.35% ($30,417)


8.73% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($30,148 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.73%
Texas average:

7.44%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Ector County, TX  2.39% ($25,647 average AGI)
to Midland County, TX  1.43% ($24,412)
to Ward County, TX  0.39% ($23,357)

Strongest AM radio stations in Balmorhea:

  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KELP (1590 AM; 50 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: MCCLATCHEY BROADCASTING)
  • KLBO (1330 AM; 5 kW; MONAHANS, TX; Owner: SANDSHILLS COMMUNICATION, INC.)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KKYX (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KMUL (1380 AM; 50 kW; MULESHOE, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KIUN (1400 AM; 1 kW; PECOS, TX; Owner: PECOS RADIO CO,INC)
  • KTKR (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KCRS (550 AM; 5 kW; MIDLAND, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KAMA (750 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • KTSM (690 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KVLF (1240 AM; 1 kW; ALPINE, TX; Owner: BIG BEND BROADCASTERS, INC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Balmorhea:

  • KKLY (97.3 FM; PECOS, TX; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)

Balmorhea fatal accident list:

Feb 24, 2008 05:55 PM, I-10, Lat: 31.030817, Lon: -103.904436, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1


FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Balmorhea)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

27 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Mc Elroy Peak 19 Mi Sw (Lat: 30.907639 Lon: -104.063250), Type: Tower, Structure height: 18 m, Call Sign: WPHZ273
    Assigned Frequencies: 462.775 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/03/2010, Expiration Date: 08/24/2020, Certifier: Dallas Vanderhoof
    Registrant: Venable LLP, 575 7th Street, N. W., Washington, DC 20004, Phone: (202) 344-4679, Fax: (202) 344-8300, Email:

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

5
  • Cor 3rd And San Antonio (Lat: 30.980139 Lon: -103.741028), Call Sign: KQG846
    Assigned Frequencies: 155.040 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/03/2004, Expiration Date: 01/11/2014
    Registrant: Business Radio Licensing, 26941 Cabot Road 134, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, Phone: (949) 348-8510, Fax: (949) 348-8514, Email:
  • St Rec Area Hq Bldg Hwy 290 4 Mi W (Lat: 31.944583 Lon: -103.779639), Call Sign: WNNV835
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.265 MHz, 151.340 MHz, 151.415 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/01/2004, Expiration Date: 03/30/2014
    Registrant: Texas Parks And Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Rd Bldg D, Austin, TX 78744, Phone: (512) 389-8096, Fax: (512) 389-8081, Email:
  • Se Qtr Sec 41 Blk 58 Township 9 (Lat: 30.888472 Lon: -104.010750), Call Sign: KNBB202, Licensee ID: L00009844
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.175 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/03/1995, Expiration Date: 10/03/2000, Cancellation Date: 12/03/2000
    Registrant: Texaco Communications Inc, Denver, CO 80217, Phone: (915) 561-8631
  • Mc Elroy Peak 19 Mi Sw (Lat: 30.907639 Lon: -104.063250), Structure height: 12 m, Call Sign: KNBD902, Licensee ID: L00011605
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.600 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/29/2001, Expiration Date: 12/11/2011, Cancellation Date: 06/15/2005
    Registrant: Exxon Communications Company, Rm 1619 Fannin Bldg, Houston, TX 77210-4276, Phone: (713) 656-1827
  • 0.14 Miles West Of State Route 2903 & 0.75 Miles South Of I-10 (Lat: 30.998361 Lon: -103.757056), Type: Tower, Structure height: 134.1 m, Overall height: 138.7 m, Call Sign: WQLJ705, Licensee ID: L00268142
    Assigned Frequencies: 857.412 MHz, 858.412 MHz, 859.412 MHz, 860.412 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/02/2013, Expiration Date: 07/01/2013, Certifier: James Dunbar
    Registrant: American Electric Power Service Corporation

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

2
  • BEARD MTN, 17.0 Miles Se Of Balmorhea & 10.0 Miles S Of Us Route 290 (Lat: 30.827778 Lon: -103.520000), Type: Mast, Structure height: 18.3 m, Overall height: 23.2 m, Call Sign: WPND458
    Assigned Frequencies: 6256.54 MHz, 6123.10 MHz, 6197.24 MHz
    Grant Date: 01/25/2011, Expiration Date: 02/01/2021
    Registrant: Verizon Wireless, 1120 Sanctuary Pkwy, #150 Gasa5reg, Alpharetta, GA 30009-7630, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:
  • TX13-BALMORH, 0.14 Miles West Of State Route 2903 & 0.75 Miles South Of I-10 (Lat: 30.998361 Lon: -103.757056), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 134.1 m, Overall height: 138.7 m, Call Sign: WQRG795
    Assigned Frequencies: 6212.06 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/10/2013, Expiration Date: 05/10/2023, Certifier: Kevin B Coyne
    Registrant: Fiberlight, LLC, 4360 Beltway Pl, Suite 230, Arlington, TX 76018, Phone: (972) 832-3176, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: KD5FYO
    Grant Date: 07/12/1999, Expiration Date: 12/22/2008, Cancellation Date: 12/23/2010
    Registrant: Ruben L Carrasco, Rt 1 Box 281, Balmorhea, TX 79718
  • Call Sign: W4LCC, Licensee ID: L01013771
    Grant Date: 05/05/2005, Expiration Date: 08/02/2015, Certifier: Charles E Towry
    Registrant: Charles E Towry, Box 254, Balmorhea, TX 79718

FAA Registered Aircraft:

2
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 172M (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 108 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 4420R , Serial Number: 17263167, Year manufactured: 1974, Airworthiness Date: 04/12/1974
    Registrant (Individual): Robert M Cade, Po Box 342, Balmorhea, TX 79718
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-25-235 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 93 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-540 SERIES (250 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 6666Z , Serial Number: 25-2267, Year manufactured: 1963
    Registrant (Individual): Rufus H Thrall, Box 76, Balmorhea, TX 79718



Most common first names in Balmorhea, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William771.2 years
Jose676.2 years
Robert579.2 years
Mary468.5 years
Charles374.3 years
Francisco374.3 years
Helen375.0 years
James373.0 years
Louis380.0 years
Maria377.3 years
Most common last names in Balmorhea, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Hernandez775.8 years
Moore777.4 years
Rodriguez656.8 years
Lozano579.0 years
Jones581.0 years
Baeza474.5 years
Carrasco462.7 years
Dominguez474.5 years
Garcia472.0 years
Humphries482.3 years
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