Playas, New Mexico

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Population in 2010: 74.
Males: 67  (91.7%)
Females: (8.3%)
Median resident age:

21.4 years
New Mexico median age:

37.7 years

Zip code: 88009

Estimated median household income in 2017: $31,847
Playas:

$31,847
NM:

$46,744

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $18,377

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $84,866
Playas:

$84,866
NM:

$171,300

Median gross rent in 2017: $603.

March 2019 cost of living index in Playas: 85.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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  • Races in Playas, NM (2010)
    • 5777.0%White alone
    • 1520.3%Hispanic
    • 11.4%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 11.4%Two or more races
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Ancestries: European (18.2%), German (9.1%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 4450 feet

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Las Cruces, NM (107.3 miles , pop. 74,267).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: El Paso, TX (124.3 miles , pop. 563,662).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (234.4 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities:

Windmill, NM (2.6 miles),
Hachita, NM (3.5 miles),
South Hidalgo, NM (4.0 miles ),
Animas, NM (4.0 miles ),
Cotton City, NM (4.8 miles ),
North Hidalgo, NM (5.4 miles ),
Rodeo, NM (5.5 miles),
Lordsburg, NM (5.6 miles )

Latitude: 31.92 N, Longitude: 108.53 W

Area code: 505

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.8%
New Mexico:

4.6%
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2001 was 1.88. This is significantly better than average.

City:

1.88
U.S.:

74.20
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2001 was 0.223. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.223
U.S.:

1.789

Earthquake activity:

Playas-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above New Mexico state average. It is 189% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 489.4 miles away from Playas center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 427.1 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 1/4/2006 at 08:32:32, a magnitude 6.7 (6.1 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.6 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 336.7 miles away from the city center
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 425.8 miles away from Playas center
On 10/15/1979 at 23:16:54, a magnitude 7.0 (5.7 MB, 6.9 MS, 7.0 ML, 6.4 MW) earthquake occurred 419.7 miles away from Playas center
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 491.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Hidalgo County (8) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 4, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Airports and heliports located in Playas:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Playas:

  • Western New Mexico University (about 62 miles; Silver City, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,456)
  • Cochise College (about 79 miles; Douglas, AZ; FT enrollment: 8,597)
  • Eastern Arizona College (about 97 miles; Thatcher, AZ; FT enrollment: 3,810)
  • New Mexico State University-Dona Ana (about 108 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 5,640)
  • New Mexico State University-Main Campus (about 108 miles; Las Cruces, NM; FT enrollment: 14,497)
  • The University of Texas at El Paso (about 120 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 18,008)
  • Vista College (about 125 miles; El Paso, TX; FT enrollment: 3,453)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Playas: Playas Emergency Medical Services (A), Playas Volunteer Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Playas include: Saint Agustine Catholic Church (A), Playas Baptist Church (B), Playas Valley Church of Christ (C), Living Word Family Church (D), Playas Valley Assembly of God Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Average household size:
This place:

2.9 people
New Mexico:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

73.9%
Whole state:

65.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.3%
Whole state:

8.2%


No gay or lesbian households reported

4 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional) in 2010
4 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary) in 2010

For population 15 years and over in Playas:

Marital status in Playas, NM
  • Never married: 91.7%
  • Now married: 0.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 8.3%

For population 25 years and over in Playas:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
Educational Attainment in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

0.0
New Mexico average:

12.7

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Playas, NM (based on Hidalgo County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic2,8713
Other4604
Evangelical Protestant3837
Mainline Protestant1161
None1,064-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

6.11 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

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

20.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 4
Here:

8.14 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

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

6.2%
New Mexico:

6.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Hidalgo County:

20.1%
New Mexico:

22.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.3%
New Mexico:

11.5%

Strongest AM radio stations in Playas:

  • KFLT (830 AM; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE B/CING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • KELP (1590 AM; 50 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: MCCLATCHEY BROADCASTING)
  • KUAZ (1550 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS)
  • KNFT (950 AM; 5 kW; BAYARD, NM; Owner: RUNNELS BROADCASTING SYSTEM, LLC, DEBTOR IN POSSESSION)
  • KMIA (710 AM; 50 kW; BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KTSM (690 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KFNX (1100 AM; 50 kW; CAVE CREEK, AZ; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KSNM (570 AM; 5 kW; LAS CRUCES, NM; Owner: SUNRISE BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KAMA (750 AM; 10 kW; EL PASO, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • KHAC (880 AM; 43 kW; TSE BONITO, NM; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Playas:

  • KPSA-FM (97.9 FM; LORDSBURG, NM; Owner: RUNNELS BROADCASTING SYSTEM, LLC, DEBTOR IN POSSESSION)
  • K208BT (89.5 FM; SAFFORD, AZ; Owner: AZ BD OF REGENTS/UNIV. OF ARIZONA)
  • KWCX-FM (104.9 FM; WILLCOX, AZ; Owner: LAKESHORE MEDIA, LLC)
  • KWNM (105.5 FM; HURLEY, NM; Owner: BBC RADIO)
  • KXKQ (94.1 FM; SAFFORD, AZ; Owner: MCMURRAY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Playas)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

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  • Remote Well Site 29 B (Lat: 31.765361 Lon: -108.554778), Type: Pole, Structure height: 9.1 m, Overall height: 10.1 m, Call Sign: KXD401,
    Assigned Frequencies: 153.080 MHz, Grant Date: 08/27/2015, Expiration Date: 10/11/2025, Certifier: S. David Colton, Registrant: Arent Fox LLP, 1717 K St., Nw, Washington, DC 20006, Phone: (202) 715-8479, Fax: (202) 857-6395, Email:
  • Remote Well Site No 29b (Lat: 31.765361 Lon: -108.554778), Call Sign: WBE582,
    Assigned Frequencies: 173.396 MHz, Grant Date: 04/30/2013, Expiration Date: 05/04/2023, Certifier: S. David Colton, Registrant: Arent Fox LLP, 1050 Connecticut Ave., Nw, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 715-8479, Fax: (202) 857-6395, Email:
  • Remote Well Site No 28a (Lat: 31.863972 Lon: -108.610611), Call Sign: WBE588,
    Assigned Frequencies: 173.396 MHz, Grant Date: 04/30/2013, Expiration Date: 05/04/2023, Certifier: S. David Colton, Registrant: Arent Fox LLP, 1050 Connecticut Ave., Nw, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 715-8479, Fax: (202) 857-6395, Email:
  • Lat: 31.917639 Lon: -108.533528, Call Sign: WQNQ741,
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.870 MHz, 159.945 MHz, 160.095 MHz, 159.675 MHz, Grant Date: 10/21/2011, Expiration Date: 04/18/2012, Cancellation Date: 06/23/2012, Certifier: Laine Vowell, Registrant: New Mexico Institute Of Mining Technolog, Playas, NM 88009, Phone: (575) 436-0432, Fax: (575) 436-0102, Email:
  • L1 MOBILES, Lat: 31.903056 Lon: -108.524889, Call Sign: WQXD739,
    Assigned Frequencies: 160.275 MHz, Grant Date: 02/08/2016, Expiration Date: 02/08/2026, Certifier: Miles Francis, Registrant: Bnsf Railway Co., 4515 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS 66106, Phone: (913) 551-4015, Fax: (913) 551-4053, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

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  • STATION, Substation Y 10.4 Mi S (Lat: 31.762861 Lon: -108.538917), Overall height: 5.8 m, Call Sign: WNTM397,
    Assigned Frequencies: 953.200 MHz, 957.950 MHz, Grant Date: 02/26/2002, Expiration Date: 02/19/2012, Cancellation Date: 04/21/2012, Certifier: Frank R Knutson, Registrant: Tri State Generation & Transmission Assoc., Inc., Denver, CO 80234, Phone: (303) 452-6111, Fax: (303) 254-6068, Email:
  • STATION, P D Tower Site 1.3 Mi Se Of (Lat: 31.903139 Lon: -108.524750), Overall height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WNTM398,
    Assigned Frequencies: 956.800 MHz, 956.600 MHz, Grant Date: 02/26/2002, Expiration Date: 02/19/2012, Cancellation Date: 04/21/2012, Certifier: Frank R Knutson, Registrant: Tri State Generation & Transmission Assoc., Inc., Denver, CO 80234, Phone: (303) 452-6111, Fax: (303) 254-6068, Email:
  • PLAYAS, 6 Miles Sw Of Playas (Lat: 31.923417 Lon: -108.719028), Type: Tower, Structure height: 56.4 m, Overall height: 60.9 m, Call Sign: WQJS213,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6256.54 MHz, Grant Date: 01/30/2019, Expiration Date: 12/09/2028, Certifier: Ryan Levine, Registrant: Commnet Four Corners, LLC, 1562 North Park Street, Castle Rock, CO 80109, Phone: (303) 338-5960, Fax: (720) 733-7950, Email:
  • NM02316A, Sec 30 Twp 2-15 Rng 18w 6 Mi Sw Of Animas (Lat: 31.923389 Lon: -108.719028), Type: Tower, Structure height: 56.7 m, Overall height: 61 m, Call Sign: WQYD592,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, Grant Date: 08/24/2016, Expiration Date: 08/24/2026, Certifier: David Werblow, Registrant: T-Mobile Usa, Inc., 12920 Se 38th Street, Bellevue, WA 98006, Phone: (425) 383-8401, Fax: (425) 383-4040, Email:
  • STATION, Jct Playas Blvd & Smelter Rd (Lat: 31.914806 Lon: -108.556694), Overall height: 8.8 m, Call Sign: WAY517,
    Assigned Frequencies: 12350.0 MHz, Grant Date: 04/19/1995, Expiration Date: 04/19/2000, Cancellation Date: 07/23/2000, Phone: (505) 436-2211
  • STATION, Playas Clinic (Lat: 31.914528 Lon: -108.534472), Overall height: 7.6 m, Call Sign: WHC611,
    Assigned Frequencies: 12670.0 MHz, Grant Date: 11/26/1996, Expiration Date: 01/16/2002, Cancellation Date: 01/17/2002, Phone: (505) 436-2227
  • STATION, Junction Playas Blvd And Smelter Rd (Lat: 31.914806 Lon: -108.556694), Overall height: 8.8 m, Call Sign: WHC612,
    Assigned Frequencies: 12410.0 MHz, Grant Date: 01/16/1992, Expiration Date: 01/16/1997, Phone: (505) 436-2211

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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  • Call Sign: KC7WKX, Licensee ID: L01488924, Grant Date: 05/05/2009, Expiration Date: 05/12/2018, Certifier: Anneliese M Kvamme, Registrant: Anneliese M Kvamme, Playas, NM 88009



Playas compared to New Mexico state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage 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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