Portales, New Mexico

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Population in 2017: 11,850 (98% urban, 2% rural).
Population change since 2000: +6.5%
 
Males: 6,101  (51.5%)
Females: 5,749  (48.5%)
Median resident age:

27.4 years
New Mexico median age:

37.7 years

Zip codes: 88130.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $32,083 (it was $24,658 in 2000)
Portales:

$32,083
NM:

$46,744

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $17,013 (it was $12,935 in 2000)

Portales city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $121,133 (it was $52,300 in 2000)
Portales:

$121,133
NM:

$171,300

Median gross rent in 2017: $777.

March 2019 cost of living index in Portales: 85.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 30.9%
(18.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.9% for Black residents, 42.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.8% for American Indian residents, 38.1% for other race residents, 32.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Portales, NM (2017)
    • 5,77447.6%White alone
    • 5,37244.2%Hispanic
    • 5144.2%Black alone
    • 2752.3%Two or more races
    • 790.7%American Indian alone
    • 860.7%Asian alone
    • 110.09%Other race alone

Races in Portales detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of New Mexico and other state lists, there were 34 registered sex offenders living in Portales, New Mexico as of May 26, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Portales is 361 to 1.


Crime rates in Portales by year

Type

2008

2009

2010

2011

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(8.3)
1
(8.1)
1
(8.0)
1
(8.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.2)
2
(16.8)
0
(0.0)
3
(25.5)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
6
(49.6)
5
(40.5)
7
(56.1)
4
(32.2)
1
(8.0)
1
(8.2)
11
(92.3)
4
(33.5)
5
(42.5)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
5
(41.3)
3
(24.3)
3
(24.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.0)
2
(16.4)
5
(41.9)
3
(25.2)
6
(51.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
74
(611.2)
92
(745.4)
58
(465.2)
33
(265.8)
21
(167.7)
64
(524.6)
32
(268.4)
17
(142.5)
52
(441.9)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
121
(999.4)
114
(923.6)
108
(866.2)
178
(1,434)
181
(1,445)
193
(1,582)
286
(2,399)
213
(1,786)
130
(1,105)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
290
(2,395)
178
(1,442)
256
(2,053)
278
(2,239)
212
(1,693)
211
(1,730)
165
(1,384)
194
(1,626)
156
(1,326)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
22
(181.7)
9
(72.9)
10
(80.2)
17
(136.9)
14
(111.8)
9
(73.8)
21
(176.2)
35
(293.4)
20
(170.0)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.0)
6
(49.2)
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City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)371.1333.1310.4295.9220.1318.6411.0276.4332.6

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City-data.com crime index in Portales, NM

Crime rate in Portales detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 27 (22 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.84
New Mexico average:

1.42
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Ancestries: American (8.4%), German (4.8%), Irish (4.2%), English (3.5%), European (2.7%), Italian (2.1%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 4009 feet

Land area: 6.85 square miles.

Population density: 1,730 people per square mile   (low).

Portales, New Mexico map

1,008 residents are foreign born (7.3% Latin America).

This city:

8.3%
New Mexico:

9.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $743 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $483 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lubbock, TX (94.1 miles , pop. 199,564).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Albuquerque, NM (196.9 miles , pop. 448,607).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (389.8 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Floyd, NM (3.4 miles),
Cannon AFB, NM (3.9 miles ),
Dora, NM (4.2 miles),
Clovis, NM (4.2 miles ),
Texico, NM (4.7 miles ),
Farwell, TX (4.7 miles ),
Melrose, NM (4.9 miles ),
Elida, NM (4.9 miles)

Latitude: 34.18 N, Longitude: 103.34 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -346 (-2.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,981 (60.9%)

Area code: 505

Distribution of median household income in Portales, NM in 2017
Distribution of house value in Portales, NM in 2017
Portales satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.0%
New Mexico:

4.6%
Historical population in Portales, NM
Historical housing units in Portales, NM

Population change in the 1990s: +305 (+2.8%).
Most common industries in Portales, NM (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (25.9%)
  • Public administration (8.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.7%)
  • Health care (5.8%)
  • Construction (5.0%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (20.9%)
  • Construction (9.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.0%)
  • Public administration (6.1%)
  • Food (5.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (31.3%)
  • Public administration (10.4%)
  • Health care (8.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.6%)
  • Social assistance (5.2%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (4.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.6%)
Most common occupations in Portales, NM (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.9%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (4.7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.3%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.7%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10.3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.9%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.8%)
  • Cashiers (3.7%)

Average climate in Portales, New Mexico

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Portales, New Mexico environmental map by EPA

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Tornado activity:

Portales-area historical tornado activity is significantly above New Mexico state average. It is 11% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/21/1963, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 17.8 miles away from the Portales city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 4/17/1970, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 43.3 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 13 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Portales-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 15% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 168.3 miles away from the city center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 128.5 miles away from Portales center
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) earthquake occurred 270.0 miles away from Portales center
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) earthquake occurred 205.7 miles away from Portales center
On 1/29/1990 at 13:16:10, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 LG, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 203.2 miles away from Portales center
On 12/19/2005 at 20:27:40, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.1 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 134.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Roosevelt County (5) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Portales topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Portales:

  • PLAINS REG MED CTR PORTALES HM HLTH (1700 S AVE O P O DRAWER 60)
  • ROOSEVELT GENERAL HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Other, 42121 US HIGHWAY 70)
  • INTERIM HEALTHCARE (1608 SPRUCE STREET #700)
  • HEARTLAND CONTINUING CARE CENTER (1604 WEST 18TH STREET)

Airports located in Portales:

College/University in Portales:

  • Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus (Full-time enrollment: 4,263; Location: 1500 S Ave K; Public; Website: www.enmu.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Portales:

  • South Plains College (about 70 miles; Levelland, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,007)
  • Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus (about 91 miles; Roswell, NM; FT enrollment: 2,212)
  • Wayland Baptist University (about 93 miles; Plainview, TX; FT enrollment: 5,526)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (about 93 miles; Lubbock, TX; FT enrollment: 3,269)
  • Texas Tech University (about 94 miles; Lubbock, TX; FT enrollment: 29,251)
  • West Texas A & M University (about 99 miles; Canyon, TX; FT enrollment: 6,820)
  • Amarillo College (about 110 miles; Amarillo, TX; FT enrollment: 6,622)

Public high school in Portales:

  • PORTALES HIGH (Students: 730, Location: 201 SOUTH KNOXVILLE AVE, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Portales:

  • JAMES ELEMENTARY (Students: 479, Location: 701 WEST 18TH ST, Grades: 1-2)
  • PORTALES JR HIGH (Students: 444, Location: 300 EAST 5TH ST, Grades: 7-8)
  • VALENCIA ELEMENTARY (Students: 424, Location: 1415 SOUTH GLOBE, Grades: 3-4)
  • LINDSEY-STEINER ELEMENTARY (Location: 1000 NORTH AVE M, Grades: 5-6)
See full list of schools located in Portales

Library in Portales:

  • PORTALES PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $317,250; Location: 218 S. AVE. B; 50,446 books; 5,200 audio materials; 775 video materials; 37 state licensed databases; 103 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Portales: Portales Plaza (A), Anderson Basin (B), Portales Weather Station (C), Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library (D), Natural History Museum (E), Paleo-Indian Institute (F), Roosevelt County Museum (G), Miles Mineral Museum (H), Portales Fire and Ambulance Station 1 (I), Natatorium (J), Physical Plant (K), Portales Fire and Ambulance Station 2 (L), University Theatre (M), Curry Hall (N), Church of Christ Student Center (O), Newman Center (P), Campus Union (Q), Child Development Center (R), Presbyterian Student Center (S), Campus Security (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Portales include: Church of Christ (A), United Pentecostal Church (B), Faith Temple Church (C), Church of the Nazarene (D), Central Christian Church (E), Southside Church of Christ (F), Bethel Baptist Church (G), First Baptist Church (H), First Spanish Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Portales include: Roosevelt County Courthouse Historic Site (1), Lewis Cooper Arena (2), Greyhound Arena (3), Vatville Recreation Area (4), Portales Historical Marker (5), Blackwater Draw Historical Marker (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Eastern New Mexico University - General Numbers- Museums- Blackwater Draw (1500 South Avenue K) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Hotels: Sands Motel (1130 West 1st Street) (1), Morning Star Bed & Breakfast (620 West 2nd Street) (2), Classic American Economy Inn (1613 West 2nd Street) (3), Super 8 (1805 West 2nd Street) (4), Super 8 Portales NM (1805 West 2nd Street) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Portales City - Teen Court- Dwi (520 West 2nd Street) (1), New Mexico State Government - Roosevelt County Magistrate Court- Co (42427 US70) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Cody Ross - 2005 Major League Baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, born: Dec 23, 1980), Ed Foreman - Texas businessman and former congressman, Kent Jones (golfer) - Professional golfer, Kent Jones - PGA Tour Golf player (born: 1/8/67).

Roosevelt County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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

PORTALES WATER SYSTEM (Address: 100 W. FIRST STREET , Population served: 12,280, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-22-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-22-2013), St Compliance achieved (MAR-07-2013), St Public Notif received (JUN-29-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-19-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-19-2012), St Compliance achieved (DEC-19-2012), St Public Notif received (SEP-29-2013)
  • Failure To Address Deficiency - In APR-02-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JAN-18-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2012 and JUN-2012, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-19-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-19-2012), St Compliance achieved (DEC-19-2012), St Public Notif received (SEP-29-2013)
  • Failure To Address Deficiency - In JAN-01-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JAN-18-2013)
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • 3 other older monitoring violations
ROOSEVELT COUNTY WUA (Address: 1700 S AVE D , Population served: 3,780, Purch groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-09-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-09-2013), St Public Notif received (AUG-14-2013), St Compliance achieved (NOV-04-2013)
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In AUG-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-09-2013), St Boil Water Order (AUG-09-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-09-2013), St Public Notif received (AUG-14-2013), St Compliance achieved (NOV-04-2013)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-26-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2004, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-08-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-08-2005), St Public Notif received (AUG-01-2005), St Compliance achieved (DEC-15-2005)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2003, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule
SUNSET ACRES WATER COMPANY (Address: 134 Yucca Dr. , Population served: 247, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-24-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-24-2013), St Compliance Meeting conducted (JUL-26-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-30-2013), St Compliance achieved (AUG-19-2013)
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In JUL-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-24-2013), St Boil Water Order (JUL-24-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-24-2013), St Compliance Meeting conducted (JUL-26-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-30-2013), St Compliance achieved (AUG-19-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-14-2005), St Public Notif requested (NOV-14-2005), St Compliance achieved (2 times from NOV-30-2005 to NOV-30-2005), St Public Notif received (DEC-05-2005)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In JUL-20-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-25-2013), St Public Notif requested (AUG-08-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-08-2013)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JUL-2013, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-21-2013), St Public Notif requested (AUG-08-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-08-2013)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2012 and DEC-2012, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-22-2013), St Compliance achieved (JAN-22-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-22-2013)
  • Failure To Address Deficiency - In JUL-13-2011, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-08-2011), St Public Notif requested (NOV-08-2011), St Compliance achieved (APR-10-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2011 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-26-2012), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-26-2012), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2012), St Compliance achieved (NOV-13-2012)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 2 other older monitoring violations
Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
New Mexico:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

59.5%
Whole state:

65.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.9%
Whole state:

8.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Portales in 2010:

  • 825 people in college/university student housing
  • 93 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 71 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 22 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers

People in group quarters in Portales in 2000:

  • 539 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 68 people in nursing homes
  • 52 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 29 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 15 people in unknown juvenile institutions

Banks with branches in Portales (2011 data):

  • The James Polk Stone Community Bank: at 109 East Second Street, branch established on 1906/07/30; South Branch at 520 West 18th Street, branch established on 1977/01/12. Info updated 2010/09/10: Bank assets: $182.2 mil, Deposits: $160.7 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 7 total offices, Holding Company: James Polk Stone Community Bancshares, Inc.
  • New Mexico Bank & Trust: Portales Branch at 1612 East Spruce Street, branch established on 2002/09/30. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $974.9 mil, Deposits: $690.3 mil, headquarters in Albuquerque, NM, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 16 total offices, Holding Company: Heartland Financial Usa, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Portales Branch at 316 West Second Street, branch established on 1941/07/01. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Portales Branch at 400 West First Street, branch established on 1934/08/01. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Western Bank of Clovis: Portales Branch at 203 South Main Avenue, branch established on 1995/10/02. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $52.0 mil, Deposits: $39.1 mil, headquarters in Clovis, NM, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 2 total offices, Holding Company: Western Bancshares Of Clovis, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Portales:

Marital status in Portales, NM
  • Never married: 44.1%
  • Now married: 38.7%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 6.9%
  • Divorced: 8.9%

For population 25 years and over in Portales:

  • High school or higher: 81.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.9%
  • Unemployed: 10.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

14.0
New Mexico average:

12.7

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Portales
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Portales, NM (based on Roosevelt County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,82131
Catholic3,3492
Mainline Protestant9895
Other6013
None9,086-
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: 1
Here:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Here:

3.66 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Roosevelt County:

5.23 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Roosevelt County:

5.1%
New Mexico:

6.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Roosevelt County:

23.0%
New Mexico:

22.1%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

47.7%
State:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Portales:

46.6%
New Mexico:

47.6%

Average BMI:
Portales:

28.3
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

20.6%
State:

21.1%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

10.6%
New Mexico:

10.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Portales:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

32.1%
New Mexico:

34.5%

General health condition:
This city:

55.7%
State:

55.5%

Average condition of hearing:
Portales:

80.1%
New Mexico:

80.1%

More about Health and Nutrition of Portales, NM Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 20$57,241$34,3451$663
Firefighters 20$64,353$38,6120$0
Police Protection - Officers 18$55,786$37,1910$0
Parks and Recreation 15$37,161$29,7293$2,175
Police - Other 13$32,257$29,7764$3,241
Solid Waste Management 9$23,476$31,3011$598
Water Supply 8$15,377$23,0661$1,662
Financial Administration 7$22,214$38,0810$0
Local Libraries 7$17,345$29,7341$464
Transit 6$11,344$22,6880$0
Welfare 6$11,925$23,8500$0
Streets and Highways 6$15,704$31,4080$0
Other and Unallocable 4$11,436$34,3080$0
Judicial and Legal 3$7,472$29,8880$0
Fire - Other 3$13,543$54,1720$0
Sewerage 3$9,094$36,3760$0
Airports 1$2,815$33,7801$1,414
Housing and Community Development (Local) 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 149$408,543$32,90312$10,217

Portales government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $5,635,000 ($475.53)
    Water Utilities: $645,000 ($54.43)
    Regular Highways: $277,000 ($23.38)
    Air Transportation: $99,000 ($8.35)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $2,259,000 ($190.63)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,949,000 ($164.47)
    Water Utilities: $1,530,000 ($129.11)
    Solid Waste Management: $921,000 ($77.72)
    Sewerage: $908,000 ($76.62)
    Central Staff Services: $900,000 ($75.95)
    General - Other: $884,000 ($74.60)
    Parks and Recreation: $865,000 ($73.00)
    Regular Highways: $630,000 ($53.16)
    Financial Administration: $440,000 ($37.13)
    Libraries: $427,000 ($36.03)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $188,000 ($15.86)
    Transit Utilities: $169,000 ($14.26)
    Air Transportation: $148,000 ($12.49)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $794,000 ($67.00)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $151,000 ($12.74)
    Local Fire Protection: $151,000 ($12.74)
    General - Other: $118,000 ($9.96)
    Police Protection: $111,000 ($9.37)
    Regular Highways: $32,000 ($2.70)
    Parks and Recreation: $22,000 ($1.86)
    Sewerage: $12,000 ($1.01)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $251,000 ($21.18)

Portales government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,309,000 ($110.46)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,253,000 ($105.74)
    Other: $378,000 ($31.90)
    Parks and Recreation: $149,000 ($12.57)
    Air Transportation: $145,000 ($12.24)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Water Utilities: $291,000 ($24.56)
    Air Transportation: $22,000 ($1.86)
    Natural Resources: $12,000 ($1.01)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $34,000 ($2.87)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $722,000 ($60.93)
    Interest Earnings: $185,000 ($15.61)
    Fines and Forfeits: $74,000 ($6.24)
    Rents: $62,000 ($5.23)
    Sale of Property: $21,000 ($1.77)
    General Revenue - Other: $18,000 ($1.52)
    Donations From Private Sources: $14,000 ($1.18)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $3,558,000 ($300.25)
    Transit Utilities: $6,000 ($0.51)
  • State Intergovernmental - Water Utilities: $415,000 ($35.02)
    Public Welfare: $398,000 ($33.59)
    Highways: $263,000 ($22.19)
    Other: $132,000 ($11.14)
    Transit Utilities: $101,000 ($8.52)
    Health and Hospitals: $37,000 ($3.12)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,512,000 ($296.37)
    Property: $435,000 ($36.71)
    Public Utilities Sales: $429,000 ($36.20)
    Other Selective Sales: $147,000 ($12.41)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $73,000 ($6.16)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $3,000 ($0.25)

Portales government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,451,000 ($2147.76)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $19,843,000 ($1674.51)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,859,000 ($494.43)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $251,000 ($21.18)

Portales government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,523,000 ($1394.35)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $39,193,000 ($3307.43)

9.52% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($34,614 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.52%
New Mexico average:

6.21%

0.46% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,871 average AGI)
Roosevelt County:

0.46%
New Mexico average:

0.10%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Curry County, NM  2.39% ($32,540 average AGI)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.32% ($25,300)


10.50% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($37,432 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.50%
New Mexico average:

6.56%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Curry County, NM  2.31% ($40,327 average AGI)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.55% ($40,029)
to Chaves County, NM  0.35% ($35,545)
Businesses in Portales, NM
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1La-Z-Boy1
Ashley Furniture1MasterBrand Cabinets3
AutoZone1McDonald's1
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1RadioShack1
Curves1SONIC Drive-In1
Dairy Queen1Super 81
FedEx2True Value1
Ford1U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
Holiday Inn1Walmart1
Jones New York1

Strongest AM radio stations in Portales:

  • KSEL (1450 AM; 1 kW; PORTALES, NM; Owner: ROONEY MOON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KMUL (1380 AM; 50 kW; MULESHOE, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KIJN (1060 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FARWELL, TX; Owner: METROPOLITIAN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KWKA (680 AM; 1 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: CURRY COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCLV (1240 AM; 1 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: ZIA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KGNC (710 AM; 10 kW; AMARILLO, TX; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KBIM (910 AM; 5 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: KING BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFYO (790 AM; 5 kW; LUBBOCK, TX; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Portales:

  • K204DB (88.7 FM; PORTALES, NM; Owner: PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM)
  • K214DH (90.7 FM; PORTALES, NM; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K211DZ (90.1 FM; PORTALES, NM; Owner: FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC.)
  • KENW-FM (89.5 FM; PORTALES, NM; Owner: EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY)
  • KSEL-FM (95.3 FM; PORTALES, NM; Owner: ROONEY MOON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K220FT (91.9 FM; PORTALES, NM; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KSMX (107.5 FM; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: ROONEY MOON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K228DQ (93.5 FM; PORTALES, NM; Owner: CONNECTION COMMUNICATIONS ASSOC., INC.)
  • KRMQ-FM (101.5 FM; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: MOUNT RUSHMORE BROADCASTING INC.)
  • KKYC (102.3 FM; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORP.)
  • KICA-FM (98.3 FM; FARWELL, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KTQM-FM (99.9 FM; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: CURRY COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K201CY (88.1 FM; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: CONNECTION COMMUNICATIONS ASSOC., INC.)
  • KCLV-FM (99.1 FM; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: ZIA BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K212BG (90.3 FM; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • KAQF (91.1 FM; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Portales:

  • KENW (Channel 3; PORTALES, NM; Owner: EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY)
  • K58FW (Channel 64; PORTALES, NM; Owner: RAYCOM NATIONAL, INC.)
  • KVIH-TV (Channel 12; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: NVG-AMARILLO, LLC)
  • K49BY (Channel 49; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K24DU (Channel 24; DORA, NM; Owner: NVG-AMARILLO, LLC)
  • K26CD (Channel 26; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: PANHANDLE TELECASTING CO.)
  • K43BU (Channel 43; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: NVG-AMARILLO, LLC)
  • K45BF (Channel 45; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: QUORUM OF AMARILLO LICENSE, LLC)
  • K47DH (Channel 47; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: MISSION B/CING.OF AMARILLO LIC.,INC.)
  • K55AM (Channel 55; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)
  • K51DX (Channel 51; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY)
  • K67CS (Channel 67; DORA, NM; Owner: PANHANDLE TELECASTING LP)
  • K30FM (Channel 30; PORTALES, NM; Owner: KOAT HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Portales fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 3ft / 0.7mTotal length
  • $116,000Total costs
  • 17,957Total average daily traffic
  • 2,186Total average daily truck traffic
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Portales)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 87 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Portales, NM)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 37 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 44 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 73 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Portales)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Portales)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 26 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 82. The highest number of fires - 146 took place in 2018, and the least - 15 in 2002. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Portales, NM When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (64.4%), and Structure Fires (16.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Portales, NM
    • 90064.4%Outside Fires
    • 22716.2%Structure Fires
    • 15811.3%Other
    • 1138.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Portales, NM

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Portales, New Mexico:

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suite, 1901 W 2nd St, Portales, New Mexico 88130 , Phone: (505) 356-4723
  • Classic American Economy Inn, 1613 W 2nd St, Portales, New Mexico 88130 , Phone: (575) 356-6668
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Portales, New Mexico
Most common first names in Portales, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary9680.7 years
James9274.4 years
John9274.2 years
William7576.9 years
Robert5274.3 years
George3975.2 years
Charles3073.0 years
Joe2975.2 years
Walter2482.8 years
Roy2474.4 years
Most common last names in Portales, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5777.6 years
Davis3375.3 years
Brown32141.0 years
Miller2978.9 years
Jones2578.3 years
Moore2473.8 years
Thompson2277.2 years
Johnson2280.1 years
Walker2176.4 years
Wilson2077.1 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Portales, NM
  • 53.7%Electricity
  • 44.6%Utility gas
  • 1.0%Wood
  • 0.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Portales, NM
  • 58.6%Electricity
  • 41.1%Utility gas
  • 0.3%Wood


Portales compared to New Mexico state average:

  • Black race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.

Portales on our top lists:

  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of robberies per 100,000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
There are 24 pilots and 43 other airmen in this city.
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Total of 1 patent application in 2008-2020.