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Union County

Population in 2012: 137 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -22.6%
 

Males: 62  (45.5%)
Females: 75  (54.5%)

Median resident age:  49.1 years
New Mexico median age:  45.5 years

Zip code: 88418

Estimated median household income in 2011: $25,643 (it was $27,321 in 2000)
Des Moines:

$25,643
New Mexico:

$41,963
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $14,013

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $51,591 (it was $45,700 in 2000)
Des Moines:

$51,591
New Mexico:

$159,000
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $49,578; Detached houses: $48,180; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $63,427; Mobile homes: $48,790

Median gross rent in 2011: $558.

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  • White alone - 94 (65.7%)
  • Hispanic - 44 (30.8%)
  • American Indian alone - 2 (1.4%)
  • Two or more races - 2 (1.4%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.7%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Des Moines: 85.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (17.8%), Irish (7.0%), English (6.1%), Polish (4.2%), Italian (2.8%), Russian (2.8%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 6645 feet

Land area: 1.09 square miles.

Population density: 126 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Des Moines:

  • High school or higher: 80.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 12.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Des Moines village:

  • Never married: 17.5%
  • Now married: 36.3%
  • Separated: 3.8%
  • Widowed: 11.9%
  • Divorced: 30.6%

2 residents are foreign born

This village:  1.0%
New Mexico:  9.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $238 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $367 (0.5%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pueblo, CO (112.8 miles , pop. 102,121).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Colorado Springs, CO (154.6 miles , pop. 360,890).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (484.9 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Folsom, NM (2.8 miles) , Grenville, NM (4.1 miles) , Branson, CO (4.2 miles) , Raton, NM (5.9 miles ), Maxwell, NM (6.5 miles ), Clayton, NM (6.5 miles ), Kim, CO (6.5 miles) , Model, CO (6.7 miles) .

Latitude: 36.76 N, Longitude: 103.84 W

Area code: 505

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.3%
New Mexico:

7.5%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +8 (+4.7%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (32%)
  • Construction (23%)
  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (14%)
  • Finance and insurance (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)
  • Educational services (26%)
  • Accommodation and food services (18%)
  • Information (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (15%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (13%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%)
  • Secondary school teachers (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (45%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (15%)
  • Child care workers (11%)
  • Secondary school teachers (9%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)


Average climate in Des Moines, New Mexico

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Tornado activity:

Des Moines-area historical tornado activity is significantly above New Mexico state average. It is 72% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/29/1964, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 42.0 miles away from the Des Moines village center killed one person and injured 8 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 9/18/1965, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 45.8 miles away from the village center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Des Moines-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above New Mexico state average. It is 15% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 52.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/3/2007 at 14:34:38, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.4 MW, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 62.3 miles away from Des Moines center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 50.7 miles away from the city center
On 3/22/2004 at 12:09:56, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 56.6 miles away from the city center
On 8/1/2004 at 06:50:47, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 70.7 miles away from Des Moines center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 56.2 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 Union County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Flood: 1, Snow: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Political contributions by individuals in Des Moines, NM

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Des Moines:

  • New Mexico Highlands University (about 112 miles; Las Vegas, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,197)
  • Pueblo Community College (about 113 miles; Pueblo, CO; FT enrollment: 2,683)
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo (about 115 miles; Pueblo, CO; FT enrollment: 4,083)
  • Adams State College (about 124 miles; Alamosa, CO; FT enrollment: 2,076)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (about 149 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 5,185)
  • Amarillo College (about 156 miles; Amarillo, TX; FT enrollment: 3,610)
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (about 157 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 6,040)

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Public elementary/middle school in Des Moines:

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Notable locations in Des Moines: Des Moines Weather Station (A), Des Moines Fire Department (B), Des Moines - Folsom Emergency Medical Services (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Des Moines: First Baptist Mission (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Des Moines Catholic Cemetery (1), Des Moines Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 30.4. This is about average.
City:

30.4
U.S.:

32.0
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.282. This is about average. There were 51 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.282
U.S.:

0.334
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 19.3. This is about average. There were 39 monitors within city limits.
City:

19.3
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.20. This is about average. There were 22 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.20
U.S.:

9.59
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 9.05. This is about average. There were 12 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.05
U.S.:

9.39
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 0.295. This is significantly better than average. There were 5 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.295
U.S.:

2.433

Drinking water stations with addresses in Des Moines and their reported violations in the past:

DES MOINES WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 193, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAR-1998, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-09-1998), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAR-09-1998), St Public Notif received (MAR-17-1998)
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between OCT-19-1999 and NOV-22-1999, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: Fed Compliance achieved (NOV-22-1999)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
THE MANDALA CENTER (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 25.6%
(29.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This village:  2.0 people
New Mexico:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  51.4%
Whole state:  65.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  2.8%
Whole state:  8.2%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Des Moines, NM

Des Moines compared to New Mexico state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in 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 significantly below state average.


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Banks with branches in Des Moines (2011 data):

  • Farmers & Stockmens Bank: Des Moines Branch at Highway 87, branch established on 1971/08/09. Info updated 2011/07/13: Bank assets: $114.9 mil, Deposits: $104.0 mil, headquarters in Clayton, NM, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Central Bancorp, Inc.

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School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (73%)
  • Wood (13%)
  • Utility gas (10%)
  • Other fuel (5%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Des Moines (based on Union County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 47.05%
Here47.1%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurches of ChristOther
Adherents40.2%25.9%19.3%6.4%8.1%
Congregations14.3%21.4%28.6%14.3%21.4%
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
Union County:

2.66 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Union County:

5.32 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Here:

18.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.2%
New Mexico:

6.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Union County:

20.0%
New Mexico:

22.1%

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 2$3,448$20,6885$3,160
Solid Waste Management 0$0 1$255
Parks and Recreation 1$2,773$33,2760$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 3$2,361
Totals for Government 3$6,221$24,8849$5,776

Des Moines government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $379,000 ($2766.42)
    Financial Administration: $68,000 ($496.35)
    Solid Waste Management: $44,000 ($321.17)
    Regular Highways: $31,000 ($226.28)
    Fire Protection: $25,000 ($182.48)
    Health Services - Other: $8,000 ($58.39)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($7.30)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $47,000 ($343.07)

Des Moines government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $51,000 ($372.26)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $6,000 ($43.80)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $73,000 ($532.85)
    Interest Earnings: $6,000 ($43.80)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $356,000 ($2598.54)
    General Support: $82,000 ($598.54)
    Highways: $8,000 ($58.39)
  • Tax - Public Utilities: $42,000 ($306.57)
    Property: $6,000 ($43.80)
    Total General Sales: $3,000 ($21.90)
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,000 ($7.30)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $445,000 ($3248.18)

7.39% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($25,515 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.39%
New Mexico average:

7.94%

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



7.99% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($20,909 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.99%
New Mexico average:

7.42%

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


Strongest AM radio stations in Des Moines:

  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KOA (850 AM; 50 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KMUL (1380 AM; 50 kW; MULESHOE, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KMXA (1090 AM; 50 kW; AURORA, CO; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KNMX (540 AM; 5 kW; LAS VEGAS, NM; Owner: SANGRE DE CRISTO B/DCASTING CO, INC)
  • KCBR (1040 AM; daytime; 15 kW; MONUMENT, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KRTN (1490 AM; 1 kW; RATON, NM; Owner: RATON BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Des Moines:

  • KRTN-FM (93.9 FM; RATON, NM; Owner: RATON BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KCRT-FM (92.5 FM; TRINIDAD, CO; Owner: PHILLIPS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K207BN (89.3 FM; TRINIDAD, CO; Owner: MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • KBKZ (96.5 FM; RATON, NM; Owner: PHILLIPS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • K291AD (106.1 FM; DES MOINES, NM; Owner: EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Des Moines:

  • K54BN (Channel 54; CAPULIN, ETC., NM; Owner: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO)
  • K62AR (Channel 62; CAPULIN&DESMOINES, NM; Owner: SIERRA GRANDE TV COOPERATIVE, INC.)
  • K42CH (Channel 42; CAPULIN, ETC., NM; Owner: SIERRA GRANDE TV COOPERATIVE, INC.)
  • K44CG (Channel 44; CAPULIN & DES MOINES, NM; Owner: SIERRA GRANDE TV COOPERATIVE, INC.)
  • K46BY (Channel 46; CAPULIN, ETC., NM; Owner: SIERRA GRANDE TV COOPERATIVE, INC.)
  • K50DY (Channel 50; CAPULIN & DES MOINES, NM; Owner: SIERRA GRANDE TV COOPERATIVE, INC.)

Des Moines fatal accident list:

Apr 9, 2005 06:30 AM, Us-64/87, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 2
May 20, 1977 04:00 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Jul 30, 1977 05:10 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 4, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1



FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1

    FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

    3
    • JIM GORDON, 3 Mi Sw (Lat: 36.705556 Lon: -103.877194), Type: 30.5, Overall height: 30.5 m
      Registrant: 5058279320
    • JIM GORDON, 3 Mi Sw (Lat: 36.705556 Lon: -103.877194), Type: 30.5, Overall height: 30.5 m
      Registrant: 5058279320
    • JIM GORDON, 3 Mi Sw (Lat: 36.705556 Lon: -103.877194), Type: 30.5, Overall height: 30.5 m
      Registrant: 5058279320

    FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

    11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Des Moines, NM)

    FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

    10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

    FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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