Thoreau, New Mexico

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Population in 2010: 1,865. Population change since 2000: +0.1%
Males: 1,035  (55.5%)
Females: 830  (44.5%)
Median resident age:  29.2 years
New Mexico median age:  36.9 years

Zip codes: 87312.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $24,711 (it was $29,280 in 2000)
Thoreau:

$24,711
NM:

$43,872

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $10,000 (it was $10,516 in 2000)

Thoreau CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $35,808 (it was $36,700 in 2000)
Thoreau:

$35,808
NM:

$159,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $64,026; Detached houses: $80,868; Mobile homes: $31,574

Median gross rent in 2013: $452.

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  • Races in Thoreau, NM (2010)

    Thoreau races chart
    • 1,43576.9%American Indian alone
    • 24012.9%White alone
    • 1487.9%Hispanic
    • 281.5%Two or more races
    • 60.3%Black alone
    • 60.3%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 20.1%Asian alone

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Thoreau: 83.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: United States (2.2%), Italian (1.8%).

Current Local Time: MST time zone

Elevation: 7157 feet

Land area: 15.9 square miles.

Population density: 117 people per square mile   (very low).

Thoreau, New Mexico map

For population 25 years and over in Thoreau:

  • High school or higher: 93.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 38.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.5%
  • Unemployed: 21.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Thoreau CDP:

  • Never married: 47.6%
  • Now married: 43.6%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.6%
  • Divorced: 3.3%



According to our research of New Mexico and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Thoreau, New Mexico as of May 03, 2016.
The ratio of number of residents in Thoreau to the number of sex offenders is 1,865 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $378 (0.5%)

Thoreau satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rio Rancho, NM (88.1 miles , pop. 51,765).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Albuquerque, NM (93.5 miles , pop. 448,607).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (255.5 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Bluewater Acres, NM (3.4 miles ), Red Rock, NM (4.2 miles ), Bluewater Village, NM (4.3 miles ), Crownpoint, NM (4.4 miles ), Aragon, NM (4.7 miles) , Church Rock, NM (4.8 miles ), Ramah, NM (4.9 miles ), Milan, NM (5.0 miles ).

Latitude: 35.41 N, Longitude: 108.22 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 505

Thoreau household income distribution Thoreau home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

10.3%
New Mexico:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Public administration (24%)
  • Construction (17%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (11%)
  • Wholesale trade (10%)
  • Utilities (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (5%)
  • Educational services (44%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Accommodation and food services (17%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (0%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (0%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (18%)
  • Transportation occupations (18%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (16%)
  • Community and social service occupations (15%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (25%)
  • Management occupations (20%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (17%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (12%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (4%)

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

Average climate in Thoreau, New Mexico

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Thoreau-area historical earthquake activity is above New Mexico state average. It is 249% 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 479.4 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 469.4 miles away from Thoreau center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 452.9 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 471.2 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 461.0 miles away from Thoreau center
On 4/29/1993 at 08:21:00, a magnitude 5.5 (5.5 MB, 5.0 MS, 5.3 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 219.3 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 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).
Thoreau topographic map

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Thoreau:

  • Central New Mexico Community College (about 94 miles; Albuquerque, NM; Full-time enrollment: 19,398)
  • University of New Mexico-Main Campus (about 94 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 23,042)
  • University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus (about 94 miles; Albuquerque, NM; FT enrollment: 2,335)
  • San Juan College (about 94 miles; Farmington, NM; FT enrollment: 5,112)
  • Santa Fe Community College (about 126 miles; Santa Fe, NM; FT enrollment: 3,047)
  • Fort Lewis College (about 131 miles; Durango, CO; FT enrollment: 3,631)
  • New Mexico Highlands University (about 170 miles; Las Vegas, NM; FT enrollment: 2,931)

Public high school in Thoreau:

Public elementary/middle schools in Thoreau:

Private elementary/middle school in Thoreau:

  • ST BONAVENTURE SCHOOL (Students: 225; Location: 8 LENORE AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
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Notable locations in Thoreau: Thoreau Weather Station (A), Blessed Kateri Tekawitha Academy and Community Library (B), Thoreau Emergency Medical Services (C), Thoreau Volunteer Fire Department (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Thoreau: Saint Bonaventure Parish (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 2012 was 45.3. This is significantly better than average.

City:

45.3
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 17.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.3
U.S.:

20.2

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

BLUEWATER ACRES WATER ASSOCIATION (Population served: 371, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-27-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-27-2006), St Public Notif received (JUL-13-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAY-10-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Treatment Technique No Certif. Operator - In OCT-24-2008, Contaminant: DBP Stage 1. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (2 times from FEB-11-2008 to FEB-11-2008)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - In NOV-05-2007, Contaminant: DBP Stage 1. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (FEB-21-2008)
  • Treatment Technique No Certif. Operator - In OCT-24-2007, Contaminant: DBP Stage 1. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-24-2007), St Compliance achieved (FEB-21-2008)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-26-2010), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-09-2011)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.0%
(22.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.5% for American Indian residents, 16.2% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  3.5 people
New Mexico:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  75.6%
Whole state:  65.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  10.0%
Whole state:  8.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Thoreau, New Mexico environmental map by EPA

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Thoreau 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 significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.5
New Mexico average:

13.6

Thoreau travel time to work - commute Thoreau mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (45%)
  • Wood (31%)
  • Electricity (14%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Thoreau 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 Thoreau:

  • 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)
  • KRKE (1100 AM; 5 kW; MILAN, NM; Owner: CIBOLA RADIO COMPANY)
  • KGAK (1330 AM; 5 kW; GALLUP, NM; Owner: KRJG, INC.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMIN (980 AM; 1 kW; GRANTS, NM; Owner: KD RADIO, INC.)
  • KKIM (1000 AM; 10 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: AGM-NEVADA, LLC)
  • KMIA (710 AM; 50 kW; BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KTHR (1230 AM; 1 kW; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KXKS (1190 AM; 10 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KENN (1390 AM; 10 kW; FARMINGTON, NM; Owner: WINTON ROAD BROADCASTING CO, LLC)
  • KNML (610 AM; 5 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFLT (830 AM; 50 kW; TUCSON, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE B/CING SYSTEM, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Thoreau:

  • KYVA (103.7 FM; GRANTS, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KKOR (94.5 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KXTC (99.9 FM; THOREAU, NM; Owner: KXTC, L.L.C.)
  • KQLV (105.5 FM; GRANTS, NM; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KGLX (99.1 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KXXI (93.7 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: MILLENNIUM MEDIA, INC.)
  • KGLP (91.7 FM; GALLUP, NM; Owner: GALLUP PUBLIC RADIO)

TV broadcast stations around Thoreau:

  • K08HQ (Channel 8; CHINLE, AZ; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)
  • K55BP (Channel 55; THOREAU, NM; Owner: KOB-TV, LLC)
  • K28HM (Channel 28; THOREAU, NM; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K36FD (Channel 36; THOREAU, NM; Owner: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO)
  • Thoreau, New Mexico
  • Fatal accident count22
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents29
  • Fatal accidents involving drunken persons:9
  • Fatalities26
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents68
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents1
  • New Mexico average
  • Fatal accident count135
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents193
  • Fatal accidents involving drunken persons56
  • Fatalities148
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents371
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents24
See more detailed statistics of Thoreau fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2013 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 10Number of bridges
  • 23m75ftTotal length
  • 58,603Total average daily traffic
  • 16,755Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 31960-1969
  • 31980-1989
  • 42000-2009
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Thoreau, NM

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

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

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

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

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • Mt Powell Mtn Top (Lat: 35.466417 Lon: -108.773139), Call Sign: KYX286
    Assigned Frequencies: 46.5200 MHz, 46.5200 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/30/2005, Expiration Date: 10/16/2015
    Registrant: Navajo Nation, Bldg 2528, Morgan Blvd, Window Rock, AZ 86515, Phone: (928) 871-7740, Fax: (928) 871-7741, Email:
  • Transwestern Compressor Sta 1 Mi Nw (Lat: 35.426694 Lon: -108.238111), Call Sign: KKZ282
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.280 MHz, 153.200 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/29/2004, Expiration Date: 07/21/2014, Certifier: Drew J Fossum
    Registrant: Energy Transfer, 800 East Sonterra Blvd., Suite 400, San Antonio, TX 78258, Phone: (210) 572-0518, Fax: (202) 434-4646, Email:
  • Lat: 35.405472 Lon: -108.223750, Call Sign: WQIA349
    Assigned Frequencies: 72.1000 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/06/2007, Expiration Date: 12/06/2017, Certifier: David Irvine
    Registrant: Primex Wireless, Inc., 965 Wells St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, Phone: (800) 537-0464

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Powell Mountain (Lat: 35.467528 Lon: -108.240889), Structure height: 58 m, Call Sign: KPG910, Licensee ID: L00020705
    Assigned Frequencies: 455.990 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/09/1986, Expiration Date: 10/01/2013
    Registrant: Millennium Media, Inc., 300 W. Aztec Avenue Suite 200, Gallup, NM 87301

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

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

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Thoreau)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1
  • Hazardous Condition: 1
Most common first names in Thoreau, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary1575.6 years
John978.9 years
Tom870.6 years
James874.9 years
Willie669.5 years
Joe661.6 years
Robert668.6 years
Kenneth662.0 years
Alice674.0 years
Helen678.8 years
Most common last names in Thoreau, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Charley1366.9 years
Yazzie1253.6 years
Mariano1067.4 years
Begay969.7 years
Largo972.7 years
Wilson860.9 years
House774.9 years
Saunders659.6 years
Larry673.3 years
Emerson560.2 years
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