Rock Springs, New Mexico

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Population in 2010: 567. Population change since 2000: +1.6%
Males: 227  (40.1%)
Females: 340  (59.9%)
Median resident age:  18.2 years
New Mexico median age:  36.9 years

Zip codes: 87375.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $16,038 (it was $26,429 in 2000)
Rock Springs:

$16,038
NM:

$43,872

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $6,139 (it was $6,499 in 2000)

Rock Springs CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $30,954 (it was $37,300 in 2000)
Rock Springs:

$30,954
NM:

$159,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $44,029; Detached houses: $59,470; Mobile homes: $24,570
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  • Races in Rock Springs, NM (2010)

    Rock Springs races chart
    • 55597.9%American Indian alone
    • 61.1%Hispanic
    • 30.5%White alone
    • 30.5%Two or more races

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Rock Springs: 84.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: MST time zone

Land area: 6.04 square miles.

Population density: 94 people per square mile   (very low).

Rock Springs, New Mexico map

For population 25 years and over in Rock Springs:

  • High school or higher: 76.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 28.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 39.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rock Springs CDP:

  • Never married: 69.9%
  • Now married: 23.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 1.5%
  • Divorced: 5.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Rock Springs CDP:  0.5% ($199)
New Mexico:  0.7% ($699)
Rock Springs satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rio Rancho, NM (123.5 miles , pop. 51,765).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Albuquerque, NM (129.7 miles , pop. 448,607).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (234.5 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Yah-ta-hey, NM (1.5 miles ), Twin Lakes, NM (2.6 miles ), Gallup, NM (2.8 miles ), Tse Bonito, NM (3.4 miles ), Nakaibito, NM (3.5 miles ), Church Rock, NM (3.6 miles ), Window Rock, AZ (3.7 miles ), St. Michaels, AZ (3.9 miles ).

Latitude: 35.61 N, Longitude: 108.83 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 505

Rock Springs household income distribution Rock Springs home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

10.3%
New Mexico:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Accommodation and food services (58%)
  • Construction (20%)
  • Utilities (14%)
  • Manufacturing (1%)
  • Retail trade (1%)
  • Public administration (1%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Accommodation and food services (47%)
  • Retail trade (23%)
  • Health care and social assistance (12%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Information (5%)
  • Educational services (1%)
  • Other services, except public administration (1%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (58%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (20%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (1%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (1%)
  • Material moving occupations (1%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (47%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (29%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (1%)
  • Management occupations (0%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)

Work and jobs in Rock Springs: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Rock Springs, New Mexico

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Rock Springs-area historical earthquake activity is above New Mexico state average. It is 286% 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 448.0 miles away from the city 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 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 437.2 miles away from Rock Springs center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 425.3 miles away from the city center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 445.4 miles away from the city 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 434.8 miles away from Rock Springs center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 575.6 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in McKinley County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Fires: 2, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Rock Springs topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Rock Springs:

  • MCKINLEY CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; GALLUP, NM)
  • GALLUP INDIAN MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 9 miles away; GALLUP, NM)
  • RED ROCKS DIALYSIS- GALLUP (Dialysis Facility, about 9 miles away; GALLUP, NM)
  • RED ROCKS CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; GALLUP, NM)

Amtrak station near Rock Springs:

  • 8 miles: GALLUP (210 E HWY 66) . Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rock Springs:

  • San Juan College (about 89 miles; Farmington, NM; Full-time enrollment: 5,112)
  • Fort Lewis College (about 127 miles; Durango, CO; FT enrollment: 3,631)
  • University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus (about 130 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 2,335)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (about 130 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 19,398)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (about 130 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 23,042)
  • Santa Fe Community College (about 159 miles; Santa Fe, NM; FT enrollment: 3,047)
  • Coconino Community College (about 162 miles; Flagstaff, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,090)

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Church in Rock Springs: Rock Spring Navajo Mission (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Many Arrow Wash (A). Display/hide its location on the map

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2009 was 70.9. This is about average.

City:

70.9
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 24.4. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.4
U.S.:

20.2
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 39.4%
(39.4% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This place:  3.8 people
New Mexico:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  83.1%
Whole state:  65.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.8%
Whole state:  8.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.4% of all households

Rock Springs compared to New Mexico state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.5
New Mexico average:

13.6

Rock Springs travel time to work - commute Rock Springs mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (43%)
  • Electricity (37%)
  • Wood (18%)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Rock Springs CDP (based on McKinley County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic13,20012
Other9,91015
Evangelical Protestant8,67573
Mainline Protestant5744
Black Protestant1311
None39,002-
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: 13
McKinley County:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

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

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
McKinley County:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
McKinley County:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 43
Here:

6.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

11.4%
New Mexico:

6.4%
Adult obesity rate:
McKinley County:

32.8%
New Mexico:

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

12.0%
State:

11.5%

8.50% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($25,118 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.50%
New Mexico average:

6.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from San Juan County, NM  3.26% ($23,497 average AGI)
from Apache County, AZ  1.47% ($23,221)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.96% ($20,482)


7.76% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,238 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.76%
New Mexico average:

6.43%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to San Juan County, NM  2.06% ($23,526 average AGI)
to Apache County, AZ  1.44% ($25,450)
to Bernalillo County, NM  1.04% ($25,848)

Strongest AM radio stations in Rock Springs:

  • KHAC (880 AM; 43 kW; TSE BONITO, NM; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KTNN (660 AM; 50 kW; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KGAK (1330 AM; 5 kW; GALLUP, NM; Owner: KRJG, INC.)
  • KTHR (1230 AM; 1 kW; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMIA (710 AM; 50 kW; BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KRKE (1100 AM; 5 kW; MILAN, NM; Owner: CIBOLA RADIO COMPANY)
  • KENN (1390 AM; 10 kW; FARMINGTON, NM; Owner: WINTON ROAD BROADCASTING CO, LLC)
  • KFNX (1100 AM; 50 kW; CAVE CREEK, AZ; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KFLT (830 AM; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE B/CING SYSTEM, INC.)
  • KNZZ (1100 AM; 50 kW; GRAND JUNCTION, CO; Owner: M B C GRAND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KNDN (960 AM; 5 kW; FARMINGTON, NM; Owner: BASIN BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KPXQ (1360 AM; 50 kW; GLENDALE, AZ; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Rock Springs:

  • KGLX (99.1 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KGLP (91.7 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: GALLUP PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KXXI (93.7 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KWRK (96.1 FM; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: THE NAVAJO NATION)
  • KYVA (103.7 FM; GRANTS, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KKOR (94.5 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KWIM (102.7 FM; WINDOW ROCK, AZ; Owner: WESTERN INDIAN MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KFMQ (106.1 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • K207CQ (89.3 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: CONNECTION COMMUNICATIONS ASSOC., INC.)
  • K203ED (88.5 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K215EG (90.9 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • K271AB (102.1 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.,)

TV broadcast stations around Rock Springs:

  • K08HQ (Channel 8; CHINLE, AZ; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)
  • K48GK (Channel 48; GALLUP, NM; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K39EW (Channel 39; GALLUP, NM; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)
  • K23FE (Channel 23; GALLUP, NM; Owner: REGENTS OF THE UNIV. OF NEW MEXICO)
  • K46FN (Channel 46; GALLUP, NM; Owner: CITY OF GALLUP, NEW MEXICO)

Rock Springs on our top lists:

  • #79 on the list of "Top 100 cities with youngest residents"
  • #31 (87375) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Other groups first ancestries (pop 1,000+)"
  • #55 (87375) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of residents speaking other language at home"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2003 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Kerry (Democrat) in the 2004 Presidential Election"
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