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Dona Ana County, New Mexico (NM)

County population in 2019: 218,195 (81% urban, 19% rural); it was 174,682 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 29,936
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 18,578
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 40,201
Renter-occupied apartments: 27,018 (it was 19,355 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

31%

Land area: 3807 sq. mi.

Water area: 7.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 57 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Dona Ana County: 85.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (32.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (17.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 28%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Dona Ana County, NM (2019)
    • 150,03385.9%Hispanic or Latino
    • 58,24133.3%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 3,4232.0%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 2,4671.4%Asian alone
    • 1,8471.1%Two or more races
    • 1,7131.0%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 2420.1%Some other race alone
    • 2290.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

33.2 years
New Mexico median age:

38.6 years
Males: 107,015  (49.0%)
Females: 111,180  (51.0%)
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Average household size:
Dona Ana County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $43,038 ($29,808 in 1999)
This county:

$43,038
New Mexico:

$51,945

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $656 (lower quartile is $455, upper quartile is $828)
This county:

$656
State:

$737


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $157,300 (it was $74,000 in 2000)
Dona Ana:

$157,300
New Mexico:

$180,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $95,800 - $243,100

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $225,957
Here:

$225,957
State:

$289,733

Townhouses or other attached units: $165,390
Here:

$165,390
State:

$243,400

In 2-unit structures: $199,469
Here:

$199,469
State:

$218,702

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $123,754
Here:

$123,754
State:

$149,700

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $168,382
Here:

$168,382
State:

$258,834

Mobile homes: $126,011
Here:

$126,011
State:

$171,050

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,178
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $300

Institutionalized population: 2,038
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Health of residents in Dona Ana County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.3. This is worse than average.
73.8% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
42.7% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
67.6% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
65.6% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 190 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 161 pounds. This is about average.
29.2% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 673 buildings, average cost: $100,500
  • 1998: 796 buildings, average cost: $103,700
  • 1999: 756 buildings, average cost: $123,400
  • 2000: 754 buildings, average cost: $116,700
  • 2001: 744 buildings, average cost: $124,800
  • 2002: 906 buildings, average cost: $149,300
  • 2003: 1231 buildings, average cost: $164,100
  • 2004: 1355 buildings, average cost: $186,300
  • 2005: 2211 buildings, average cost: $177,400
  • 2006: 2070 buildings, average cost: $175,300
  • 2007: 1374 buildings, average cost: $171,900
  • 2008: 947 buildings, average cost: $171,300
  • 2009: 854 buildings, average cost: $175,400
  • 2010: 799 buildings, average cost: $193,800
  • 2011: 616 buildings, average cost: $201,900
  • 2012: 703 buildings, average cost: $191,100
  • 2013: 677 buildings, average cost: $199,800
  • 2014: 606 buildings, average cost: $218,400
  • 2015: 719 buildings, average cost: $200,500
  • 2016: 757 buildings, average cost: $201,100
  • 2017: 803 buildings, average cost: $205,100
  • 2018: 843 buildings, average cost: $227,200
  • 2019: 876 buildings, average cost: $252,200
Number of permits per 10,000 Dona Ana, NM residents
Average permit cost in Dona Ana, NM
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,305 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $777 (0.6%)

Distribution of median household income in Dona Ana, NM in 2019
Distribution of house value in Dona Ana, NM in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Dona Ana, NM in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 25.9%
Dona Ana County:

25.9%
New Mexico:

18.2%
(14.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.5% for Black residents, 30.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.6% for American Indian residents, 28.9% for other race residents, 34.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 33.2 years old
(Males: 31.3 years old, Females: 34.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49.0 years old, Black residents: 31.3 years old, American Indian residents: 29.6 years old, Asian residents: 28.8 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29.5 years old, Other race residents: 31.1 years old)

Area name: Las Cruces, NM MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Dona Ana County is $451 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $694 a month.

Cities in this county include: Las Cruces, Dona Ana-Hill, South Dona Ana, Sunland Park, Anthony, Chaparral, Fairacres, Vado, University Park, Santa Teresa.

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

2018 air pollution in Dona Ana County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.034 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 30.3 µg/m3. Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Colleton County, South Carolina , Los Angeles County, California , Cass County, Texas , Macon County, Alabama , Gregg County, Texas , Shackelford County, Texas .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

7.1%
New Mexico:

7.3%

Unemployment by year in Dona Ana, NM
County total employment by year in Dona Ana, NM
County average yearly wages by year in Dona Ana, NM

Current college students: 17,779
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 78.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 27.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 33,597 (54.5% naturalized citizens)

Dona Ana County:

15.4%
Whole state:

9.6%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 7,4192010 or later
  • 7,1352000 to 2009
  • 7,9461990 to 1999
  • 9,3221980 to 1989
  • 6,8251970 to 1979
  • 6,290Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 81.5%

Dona Ana County marital status for males Dona Ana County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 50,374
  • One, attached: 2,512
  • Two: 2,374
  • 3 or 4: 3,981
  • 5 to 9: 4,167
  • 10 to 19: 4,006
  • 20 to 49: 1,194
  • 50 or more: 1,276
  • Mobile homes: 20,083

Housing units in Dona Ana County with a mortgage: 27,819 (975 second mortgage, 1,415 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 23,255

Here:

54.0% with mortgage
State:

52.9% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Dona Ana County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic66,49126
Evangelical Protestant22,120114
Other6,70525
Mainline Protestant6,64017
Black Protestant3533
Orthodox301
None106,894-
Dona Ana County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 19
Dona Ana County:

0.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 54
Dona Ana County:

2.73 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 106
This county:

5.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Dona Ana County:

5.7%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Dona Ana County:

22.7%
State:

22.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.2%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Dona Ana County:

Average size of farms: 343 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $148,934
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1503.08
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 9.83%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 51.10%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $120,954
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.11%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 98.39%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $65,938
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.84%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 13.84
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 55.64%
All wheat for grain: 669 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 8485 harvested acres
Vegetables: 10,446 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 26,056 acres

Earthquake activity:

Dona Ana County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above New Mexico state average. It is 502% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/29/2014 at 04:59:35, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 MW, Depth: 4.0 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 140.9 miles away from Dona Ana County 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 244.5 miles away from the county center
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 579.1 miles away from the county 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 522.6 miles away from the county center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 1/4/2006 at 08:32:32, a magnitude 6.6 (6.6 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 427.1 miles away from Dona Ana County center
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 524.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New Mexico Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4529, Natural disaster type: Other
  • New Mexico Severe Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides, Incident Period: September 09, 2013 to September 22, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4152: October 29, 2013, FEMA Id: 4152, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • New Mexico Severe Storms & Flooding, Incident Period: July 26, 2006 to September 18, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1659: August 30, 2006, FEMA Id: 1659, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New Mexico Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3229: September 07, 2005, FEMA Id: 3229, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New Mexico New Mexico Wildfire, Incident Period: May 05, 2000 to June 09, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1329: May 13, 2000, FEMA Id: 1329, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico New Mexico Fire, Incident Period: May 05, 2000 to July 07, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3154: May 10, 2000, FEMA Id: 3154, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 16, 1999 to August 07, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1301: September 22, 1999, FEMA Id: 1301, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New Mexico Heavy Rains, Flooding, Incident Period: September 20, 1972, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-353: September 20, 1972, FEMA Id: 353, Natural disaster type: Flood, Heavy Rain

The number of natural disasters in Dona Ana County (8) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Dona Ana

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 56,496 (75.0%)
  • Carpooled: 10,319 (13.7%)
  • Bus: 221 (0.3%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 780 (1.0%)
  • Bicycle: 1,405 (1.9%)
  • Walked: 1,575 (2.1%)
  • Worked at home: 4,551 (6.0%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (21%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (14%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (14%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (81%)
  • Philippines (2%)
  • Other Western Asia (1%)
  • Nigeria (1%)
  • Kuwait (1%)
  • Germany (1%)
  • Saudi Arabia (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Dona Ana County


  • American (3%)
  • German (2%)
  • English (2%)
  • Irish (1%)
  • European (1%)
  • Italian (1%)
  • Arab (0%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Dona Ana County, New Mexico in 2000:

  • 2,352 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 826 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 784 people in state prisons
  • 488 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 374 people in nursing homes
  • 48 people in halfway houses
  • 47 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 39 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 23 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 15 people in religious group quarters
  • 14 people in other group homes
  • 7 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 7 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 2 people in other workers' dormitories

People in group quarters in Dona Ana County, New Mexico in 2010:

  • 1,843 people in college/university student housing
  • 811 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 699 people in state prisons
  • 391 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 309 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 262 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 85 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 84 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 29 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 20 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 17 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 15 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 8 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 8 people in residential treatment centers for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $47,972.

5.86% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,662 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.86%
New Mexico average:

6.21%


0.23% of residents moved from foreign countries ($2,276 average AGI)
Dona Ana County:

0.23%
New Mexico average:

0.10%

1.51% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($9,669 average AGI)
4.12% relocated from other states ($30,716 average AGI)
Dona Ana County:

4.12%
New Mexico average:

3.55%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from El Paso County, TX  1.35% ($35,820 average AGI)
from Otero County, NM  0.28% ($32,500)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.24% ($40,017)
from Luna County, NM  0.16% ($29,795)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.14% ($38,933)
from Eddy County, NM  0.10% ($54,446)
from Grant County, NM  0.09% ($33,486)


6.56% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($41,060 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.56%
New Mexico average:

6.56%


0.25% of residents moved to foreign countries ($2,003 average AGI)
Dona Ana County:

0.25%
New Mexico average:

0.09%

1.54% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($8,857 average AGI)
4.77% relocated to other states ($30,199 average AGI)
Dona Ana County:

4.77%
New Mexico average:

3.93%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to El Paso County, TX  1.21% ($35,703 average AGI)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.50% ($38,130)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.24% ($39,388)
to Otero County, NM  0.22% ($30,926)
to Luna County, NM  0.13% ($25,646)
to Pima County, AZ  0.10% ($53,662)
to Eddy County, NM  0.09% ($42,642)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 19.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.4
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 14.2

Births per 1000 population in Dona Ana County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 5.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 7.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Dona Ana County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.3

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Dona Ana County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 12.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 6.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Dona Ana County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Dona Ana County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Dona Ana County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Dona Ana County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Dona Ana County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Dona Ana County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 25,678 (21,677 aged, 4,001 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 11,338 (21%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Dona Ana County, New Mexico in 1999 - 2019:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,651)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,284)
  • Unspecified dementia (1,263)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,232)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,062)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,052)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (679)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (673)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (606)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (524)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 29%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.07
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8,672
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 188
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 32,311

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,879
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 656
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 6

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 67

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 39.9. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 143.8. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 83.6
  • Poisoning - 30.5
  • Suffocation - 20.3
  • Other - 9.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 218,195
  • Male householders: 37,203 (9,219 living alone), Female householders: 41,891 (12,457 living alone)
  • 33,888 spouses (33,701 opposite-sex spouses), 6,325 unmarried partners, (6,235 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 67,535 children (64,965 natural, 599 adopted, 1,971 stepchildren), 6,113 grandchildren, 4,600 brothers or sisters, 4,612 parents, 0 foster children, 3,368 other relatives, 7,200 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 5,460

Size of family households: 22,014 2-persons, 11,366 3-persons, 9,403 4-persons, 4,444 5-persons, 2,961 6-persons, 683 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 21,676 1-person, 5,805 2-persons, 742 3-persons.

27,525 married couples with children.
17,584 single-parent households (2,687 men, 14,897 women).

48.8% of residents of Dona Ana speak English at home.
48.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (70% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (76% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other language at home (55% speak English very well, 45% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,388,599,000 ($7,462 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $405,682,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $406,505,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $163,733,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,226,000
Federal grants: $287,310,000
Federal procurement contracts: $361,095,000 ($262,423,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $164,730,000 ($98,940,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $4,938,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $92,098,000
Federal Government insurance: $130,129,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 16,226
Here:

86 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 5,487
Here:

29 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4,321
Here:

+23 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -95
Here -1 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Dona Ana County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 34.07 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.4

Year house built in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • Year house built in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • 5,5332014 or later
  • 3,3722010 to 2013
  • 15,1662000 to 2009
  • 17,5901990 to 1999
  • 19,7181980 to 1989
  • 13,2301970 to 1979
  • 4,9671960 to 1969
  • 5,9561950 to 1959
  • 1,5321940 to 1949
  • 2,9031939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • 2731 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 1,3743 rooms
  • 6,8774 rooms
  • 13,4645 rooms
  • 12,2306 rooms
  • 7,3457 rooms
  • 4,4998 rooms
  • 5,0129+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • 7821 room
  • 2,0892 rooms
  • 4,4863 rooms
  • 9,7984 rooms
  • 4,4855 rooms
  • 3,2066 rooms
  • 2,0237 rooms
  • 8018 rooms
  • 3509+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • 273no bedroom
  • 4911 bedroom
  • 6,7272 bedrooms
  • 32,0563 bedrooms
  • 10,1254 bedrooms
  • 1,4025+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Dona Ana County, New Mexico
  • 782no bedroom
  • 4,1561 bedroom
  • 12,2962 bedrooms
  • 8,5073 bedrooms
  • 2,1404 bedrooms
  • 1395+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Dona Ana County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Dona Ana County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Dona Ana County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,009no vehicle
  • 12,7871 vehicle
  • 19,6862 vehicles
  • 10,4433 vehicles
  • 6,0764 vehicles
  • 1,0735+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Dona Ana County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Dona Ana County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 3,537no vehicle
  • 11,6271 vehicle
  • 9,3922 vehicles
  • 2,0773 vehicles
  • 1,0744 vehicles
  • 3135+ vehicles

85.9% of Dona Ana County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 40% lived in New Mexico.

Dona Ana County:

85.9%
State average:

86.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 96,099
  • Other state: 84,780
  • Northeast: 6,653
  • Midwest: 10,570
  • South: 46,638
  • West: 20,919
Year householders moved into unit in Dona Ana County, NM
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Dona Ana County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 67.6%Utility gas
  • 18.9%Electricity
  • 9.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.7%Wood
  • 0.5%Other fuel
  • 0.3%Solar energy
  • 0.2%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 53.1%Utility gas
  • 40.1%Electricity
  • 4.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.4%Wood
  • 0.5%No fuel used
  • 0.5%Solar energy
  • 0.2%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,424
Here:

5.8%
New Mexico:

7.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 771
Here:

5.6%
New Mexico:

6.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 669
Here:

3.6%
New Mexico:

11.1%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Dona Ana County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $7,236,000
    Sewerage: $767,000
    Housing and Community Development: $124,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $1,206,000
    Local Fire Protection: $701,000
    Regular Highways: $367,000
    Water Utilities: $322,000
    Sewerage: $284,000
    Police Protection: $220,000
    Correctional Institutions: $158,000
    Air Transportation: $25,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $28,981,000
    Police Protection: $24,689,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $16,227,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,920,000
    Regular Highways: $11,219,000
    Health - Other: $10,751,000
    Financial Administration: $7,060,000
    General Public Buildings: $6,332,000
    General - Other: $4,035,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,344,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,057,000
    Sewerage: $1,762,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,320,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $987,000
    Water Utilities: $66,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,290,000
    Housing and Community Development: $775,000
    Water Utilities: $461,000
    General Local Government Support: $118,000
    Natural Resources: $31,000
    Air Transportation: $13,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,780,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,594,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $5,265,000
    Interest Earnings: $2,486,000
    Rents: $682,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $100,000
    Central Staff Services: $54,000
    General - Other: $44,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $40,000
    Health - Other: $38,000
    Police Protection: $18,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $84,301,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $163,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,829,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,020,000
    Health and Hospitals: $6,219,000
    Other: $3,269,000
  • Tax - Property: $43,062,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $28,530,000
    Other License: $327,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $35,474,000

Dona Ana County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $7,236,000
    Sewerage: $767,000
    Housing and Community Development: $124,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $1,206,000
    Local Fire Protection: $701,000
    Regular Highways: $367,000
    Water Utilities: $322,000
    Sewerage: $284,000
    Police Protection: $220,000
    Correctional Institutions: $158,000
    Air Transportation: $25,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $28,981,000
    Police Protection: $24,689,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $16,227,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,920,000
    Regular Highways: $11,219,000
    Health - Other: $10,751,000
    Financial Administration: $7,060,000
    General Public Buildings: $6,332,000
    General - Other: $4,035,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,344,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,057,000
    Sewerage: $1,762,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,320,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $987,000
    Water Utilities: $66,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,290,000
    Housing and Community Development: $775,000
    Water Utilities: $461,000
    General Local Government Support: $118,000
    Natural Resources: $31,000
    Air Transportation: $13,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,780,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,594,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $5,265,000
    Interest Earnings: $2,486,000
    Rents: $682,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $100,000
    Central Staff Services: $54,000
    General - Other: $44,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $40,000
    Health - Other: $38,000
    Police Protection: $18,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $84,301,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $163,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,829,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,020,000
    Health and Hospitals: $6,219,000
    Other: $3,269,000
  • Tax - Property: $43,062,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $28,530,000
    Other License: $327,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $35,474,000

Dona Ana County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $7,236,000
    Sewerage: $767,000
    Housing and Community Development: $124,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $1,206,000
    Local Fire Protection: $701,000
    Regular Highways: $367,000
    Water Utilities: $322,000
    Sewerage: $284,000
    Police Protection: $220,000
    Correctional Institutions: $158,000
    Air Transportation: $25,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $28,981,000
    Police Protection: $24,689,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $16,227,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,920,000
    Regular Highways: $11,219,000
    Health - Other: $10,751,000
    Financial Administration: $7,060,000
    General Public Buildings: $6,332,000
    General - Other: $4,035,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,344,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,057,000
    Sewerage: $1,762,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,320,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $987,000
    Water Utilities: $66,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,290,000
    Housing and Community Development: $775,000
    Water Utilities: $461,000
    General Local Government Support: $118,000
    Natural Resources: $31,000
    Air Transportation: $13,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,780,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,594,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $5,265,000
    Interest Earnings: $2,486,000
    Rents: $682,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $100,000
    Central Staff Services: $54,000
    General - Other: $44,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $40,000
    Health - Other: $38,000
    Police Protection: $18,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $84,301,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $163,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,829,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,020,000
    Health and Hospitals: $6,219,000
    Other: $3,269,000
  • Tax - Property: $43,062,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $28,530,000
    Other License: $327,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $35,474,000

Dona Ana County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Charges - Other: $7,236,000
    Sewerage: $767,000
    Housing and Community Development: $124,000
  • Construction - General - Other: $1,206,000
    Local Fire Protection: $701,000
    Regular Highways: $367,000
    Water Utilities: $322,000
    Sewerage: $284,000
    Police Protection: $220,000
    Correctional Institutions: $158,000
    Air Transportation: $25,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $28,981,000
    Police Protection: $24,689,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $16,227,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,920,000
    Regular Highways: $11,219,000
    Health - Other: $10,751,000
    Financial Administration: $7,060,000
    General Public Buildings: $6,332,000
    General - Other: $4,035,000
    Housing and Community Development: $2,344,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,057,000
    Sewerage: $1,762,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,320,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $987,000
    Water Utilities: $66,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,290,000
    Housing and Community Development: $775,000
    Water Utilities: $461,000
    General Local Government Support: $118,000
    Natural Resources: $31,000
    Air Transportation: $13,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,780,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $1,594,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $5,265,000
    Interest Earnings: $2,486,000
    Rents: $682,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $100,000
    Central Staff Services: $54,000
    General - Other: $44,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $40,000
    Health - Other: $38,000
    Police Protection: $18,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $5,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $84,301,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $163,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,829,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,020,000
    Health and Hospitals: $6,219,000
    Other: $3,269,000
  • Tax - Property: $43,062,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $28,530,000
    Other License: $327,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $35,474,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 6,206
  • Number of aged recipients: 1,495
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 4,711
  • Number of recipients under 18: 899
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,997
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 2,310
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,673
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,587
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 32 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,005$156,799762$151,7903,043$174,236139$92,18711$2,930,727399$154,531228$65,579
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED50$150,98081$135,926303$171,48523$41,8701$8,900,00053$130,22640$72,150
APPLICATIONS DENIED141$150,142196$97,6381,228$163,158310$31,7292$300,000129$107,938233$56,863
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN68$169,86883$162,241969$170,28990$56,1890$063$129,17563$70,667
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS14$172,64319$110,421177$174,75719$80,9470$012$148,41725$76,160
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 30 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED113$203,965117$204,85511$145,0911$147,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED47$192,23448$230,06314$145,9293$151,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED25$221,92031$226,3551$115,0001$105,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN8$302,8759$189,4440$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS8$244,8754$176,2501$329,0000$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Dona Ana, NM
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Dona Ana, NM - Value
Most common first names in Dona Ana County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John39474.5 years
William34275.6 years
Mary34178.3 years
Maria32375.6 years
Robert32270.8 years
James29371.1 years
Jose28772.2 years
Charles18174.6 years
George16775.6 years
Manuel15374.4 years
Most common last names in Dona Ana County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Garcia25173.0 years
Smith17775.8 years
Hernandez15874.3 years
Martinez15474.0 years
Lopez12273.3 years
Sanchez12172.8 years
Rodriguez10670.1 years
Chavez10572.9 years
Gonzales9872.1 years
Lucero9377.0 years
Businesses in Dona Ana County, NM
NameCountNameCount
AT&T3La Quinta2
Aeropostale1La-Z-Boy1
Albertsons3Lane Furniture4
American Eagle Outfitters1Little Caesars Pizza2
Applebee's2Long John Silver's1
Arby's2Lowe's1
Ashley Furniture1Marriott3
AutoZone8Marshalls1
Barnes & Noble1MasterBrand Cabinets8
Baskin-Robbins1McDonald's8
Bath & Body Works1Men's Wearhouse1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motherhood Maternity1
Best Western1New Balance1
Big O Tires1Nike6
Blockbuster1Nissan1
Buffalo Wild Wings1OfficeMax1
Burger King4Old Navy1
Carl\s Jr.1Olive Garden1
Charlotte Russe1Outback1
Chevrolet1Outback Steakhouse1
Chick-Fil-A2Pac Sun1
Chico's1Payless3
Chuck E. Cheese's1Penske1
Church's Chicken1PetSmart1
Circle K1Pier 1 Imports1
Cold Stone Creamery1Pizza Hut3
ColorTyme1Quality1
Comfort Inn1Quiznos2
Cracker Barrel1RadioShack4
Cricket Wireless9Ramada1
Curves3Red Lobster1
Dairy Queen3Ruby Tuesday1
Dennys1Rue211
Discount Tire1SONIC Drive-In6
Express1Sam's Club1
Famous Footwear1Sears2
FedEx16Sprint Nextel1
Finish Line1Staples1
Foot Locker1Starbucks4
Ford1Subway16
GNC1Super 82
GameStop3T-Mobile7
Goodwill2Taco Bell3
H&R Block5Target1
Hilton2The Room Place1
Hobby Lobby1Toyota1
Holiday Inn2True Value1
Hollister Co.1U-Haul5
Home Depot1UPS17
Honda1Vans2
Hot Topic1Verizon Wireless4
IHOP1Victoria's Secret1
JCPenney1Village Inn2
Jones New York3Volkswagen1
Journeys1Walgreens5
Justice1Walmart2
KFC3Wendy's2
Kmart2Wet Seal1
Kohl's1World Gym1

Dona Ana County on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the worst general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #90 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"