Hidalgo County, New Mexico (NM)

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County population in 2012: 4,794 (all rural); it was 5,932 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 587
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 719
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,458
Renter-occupied apartments: 630 (it was 694 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

31%

Land area: 3446 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.3 sq. mi.

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Hidalgo County: 84.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (47.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (27.7%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (12.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 13%
  • Unpaid family work: 18%
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Races in Hidalgo County, New Mexico:

  • Hispanic or Latino (56.6%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (41.4%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
New Mexico median age:  36.0 years
Males: 2,455  (60.5%)
Females: 2,439  (39.5%)
Average household size:
Hidalgo County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $33,279 ($24,819 in 1999)

This county:

$33279
New Mexico:

$43872

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $345 (lower quartile is $256, upper quartile is $520)
This county:

$345
State:

$651


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $76,416 (it was $51,900 in 2000)
Hidalgo:

$76,416
New Mexico:

$159,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $46,838 - $105,737
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $865
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $276

Institutionalized population: 59

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Hidalgo County, NM map from a distance

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $478 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $404 (0.5%)

Hidalgo County household income distribution in 2009 Hidalgo County home values distribution Hidalgo County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.3%
(23.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 28.1% for other race residents, 53.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 26.1%
Hidalgo County:

26.1%
New Mexico:

21.9%
(26.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 112.0% for American Indian residents, 29.2% for other race residents, 51.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 62 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 34 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Hidalgo County is $381 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $664 a month.

Cities in this county include: North Hidalgo, Lordsburg, South Hidalgo, Cotton City, Animas, Glen Acres, Virden, Rodeo, Playas, Windmill.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Hidalgo County: Lambert Ranch (A), Lanes Ranch (B), Lang Ranch (C), Lards Ranch (D), Lawhorns Ranch (E), Lone Hill Windmill (F), Lookout Well (G), Lordsburg Pumping State (H), Lower Ranch (I), Lynch Ranch (J), Maloney Ranch (K), Malpais Windmill (L), Martin Windmill (M), McCants Ranch (N), McCarty Ranch (O), McDauw's Well (P), Mengus Camp (Q), Mesquite Windmill (R), Mills Goat Ranch (S), Mono Adams Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Shakespeare Cemetery (1), Cloverdale Cemetery (2), Middle Animas Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Playas Lake (A), Big Lake (B), Aikers Tank (C), Bens Tank (D), Big Tank (E), Bigote Tank (F), Border Tank (G), Braidfoot Tank (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Basin Tank (A), Smuggler Creek (B), McClean Creek (C), Birch Creek (D), Animas River (E), Coyote Wash (F), Animas Creek (G), Ash Creek (H), Bear Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Hidalgo County include: Gila Lower Box Wilderness Study Area (1), Whitmire Canyon Wilderness Study Area (2), Buck Robinson Wilderness Study Area (3), Blue Creek Wilderness Study Area (4), Alamo Hueco Mountains Wilderness Study Area (5), Big Hatchet Mountains Wilderness Study Area (6), Cowboy Spring Wilderness Study Area (7), Shakespeare Historical Marker (8), McComas Incident Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Cochise County, Arizona , Greenlee County, Arizona , Grant County , Luna County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.5%
New Mexico:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 116
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 68.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 657 (37% naturalized citizens)

Hidalgo County:

11.1%
Whole state:

8.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 130
  • 1990 to 1994: 101
  • 1985 to 1989: 66
  • 1980 to 1984: 82
  • 1975 to 1979: 64
  • 1970 to 1974: 18
  • 1970 to 1974: 47
  • 1965 to 1969: 149

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 80.5%

Hidalgo County marital status for males Hidalgo County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Hidalgo County with a mortgage: 365 (27 second mortgage, 0 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 442

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Hidalgo County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic2,8713
Other4604
Evangelical Protestant3837
Mainline Protestant1161
None1,064-
Hidalgo 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: 3
Hidalgo County:

6.11 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Hidalgo County:

20.35 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

8.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Hidalgo County:

6.2%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Hidalgo County:

20.1%
State:

22.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.3%
State:

11.5%

Agriculture in Hidalgo County:

Average size of farms: 7830 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $115,612
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1586.09
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 31.74%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $100,039
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.64%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 96.52%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $75,140
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.72%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.44
Corn for grain: 2442 harvested acres
Vegetables: 2,352 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 179 acres

Tornado activity:

Hidalgo County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 341272810.4 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Hidalgo County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above New Mexico state average. It is 202% 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 475.6 miles away from Hidalgo 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 413.8 miles away from the county center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 1/4/2006 at 08:32:32, a magnitude 6.7 (6.1 MB, 6.7 MS, 6.6 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 335.0 miles away from the county center
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 412.9 miles away from the county 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 406.6 miles away from Hidalgo County center
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 477.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Hidalgo County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (97%)
  • Germany (2%)
  • Philippines (0%)
  • Thailand (0%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Hidalgo County (%):

  • United States or American (8%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • German (6%)
  • English (5%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)
  • Scottish (1%)
  • Italian (1%)

Hidalgo County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,477 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 365 (17%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 11 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 9 (0%)
  • Walked: 160 (8%)
  • Other means: 26 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 42 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

54 people in nursing homes
30 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

People in group quarters in Hidalgo County, New Mexico in 2010:

  • 32 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 23 people in state prisons
  • 4 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $33,986.

6.79% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,423 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.79%
New Mexico average:

6.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.81% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($11,459 average AGI)
3.98% relocated from other states ($18,955 average AGI)
Hidalgo County:

3.98%
New Mexico average:

3.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Grant County, NM  0.92% ($39,467 average AGI)
from Dona Ana County, NM  0.80% ($17,000)


7.07% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($24,422 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.07%
New Mexico average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.11% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($10,026 average AGI)
3.96% relocated to other states ($14,397 average AGI)
Hidalgo County:

3.96%
New Mexico average:

3.71%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Dona Ana County, NM  1.10% ($17,556 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.4

Births per 1000 population in Hidalgo County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 9.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Hidalgo County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Hidalgo County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 850 (719 aged, 131 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 28%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1498.350
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1070.250
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 19.46

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 77.84

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,830

Size of family households: 579 2-persons, 258 3-persons, 230 4-persons, 128 5-persons, 55 6-persons, 36 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 564 1-person, 78 2-persons, 7 3-persons, 1 4-persons.

1,187 married couples with children.
509 single-parent households (96 men, 413 women).

56.4% of residents of Hidalgo County speak English at home.
43.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (71% speak English very well, 29% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $38,300,000 ($7385 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $383,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $17,387,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $6,898,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,311,000
Federal grants: $8,677,000
Federal procurement contracts: $257,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,770,000 ($26,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $426,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,189,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,261,000

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

Births: 342
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 227
Here:

44 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +98
Here:

+19 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -988
Here -192 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Hidalgo County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.81 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 22
  • 2000 to 2004: 96
  • 1990 to 1999: 459
  • 1980 to 1989: 303
  • 1970 to 1979: 600
  • 1960 to 1969: 224
  • 1950 to 1959: 331
  • 1940 to 1949: 160
  • 1939 or earlier: 168
Rooms in houses/apartments in Hidalgo County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 8
  • 2 rooms: 33
  • 3 rooms: 123
  • 4 rooms: 182
  • 5 rooms: 375
  • 6 rooms: 359
  • 7 rooms: 211
  • 8 rooms: 84
  • 9+ rooms: 83
  • 1 room: 27
  • 2 rooms: 54
  • 3 rooms: 115
  • 4 rooms: 126
  • 5 rooms: 151
  • 6 rooms: 143
  • 7 rooms: 60
  • 8 rooms: 5
  • 9+ rooms: 13
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Hidalgo County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 142
  • 2 bedrooms: 338
  • 3 bedrooms: 746
  • 4 bedrooms: 174
  • 5+ bedrooms: 38
  • no bedroom: 34
  • 1 bedroom: 162
  • 2 bedrooms: 191
  • 3 bedrooms: 254
  • 4 bedrooms: 39
  • 5+ bedrooms: 14
Cars and other vehicles available in Hidalgo County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 74
  • 1 vehicle: 418
  • 2 vehicles: 593
  • 3 vehicles: 210
  • 4 vehicles: 140
  • 5+ vehicles: 23
  • no vehicle: 153
  • 1 vehicle: 304
  • 2 vehicles: 174
  • 3 vehicles: 50
  • 4 vehicles: 11
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

66% of Hidalgo County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 27% lived in New Mexico.

Hidalgo County:

65.8%
State average:

55.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $32,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Hidalgo County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (52.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (30.1%)
  • Wood (8.7%)
  • Electricity (6.0%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • Solar energy (0.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (55.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (20.2%)
  • Electricity (16.1%)
  • Wood (7.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 10
Here:

1.2%
New Mexico:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 10
Here:

2.0%
New Mexico:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 15
Here:

16.5%
New Mexico:

11.9%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Hidalgo County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,349,000
    General - Other: $725,000
    Central Staff Services: $674,000
    Regular Highways: $394,000
    Local Fire Protection: $248,000
    Financial Administration: $247,000
    Hospitals: $76,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $56,000
    Health - Other: $52,000
    Correctional Institutions: $49,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $28,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $13,000
    General Public Buildings: $10,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $73,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - General - Other: $99,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,043,000

Hidalgo County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $208,000
    All Other: $177,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $163,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $88,000
    Highways: $81,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $934,000
    Interest Earnings: $158,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $469,000
    All Other: $317,000
    Health and Hospitals: $220,000
    Highways: $95,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,413,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $118,000
    NEC: $102,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $19,000
    Other License: $6,000

Hidalgo County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,633,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,431,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $202,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Hidalgo County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Hidalgo County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Hidalgo County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2673.7 years
George1974.0 years
Mary1882.8 years
William1873.9 years
Maria1775.4 years
James1473.3 years
Robert1470.9 years
Frank1075.2 years
Manuel1075.8 years
Charles1076.6 years
Most common last names in Hidalgo County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2077.1 years
Martinez1868.3 years
Lopez1380.0 years
Diaz1272.8 years
Rodriguez1176.6 years
Ramirez1180.3 years
Jones975.0 years
Williams976.1 years
Ortega868.4 years
Wright887.3 years
Businesses in Hidalgo County, NM
NameCountNameCount
Arby's1Ford1
Best Western1H&R Block1
Comfort Inn1Lane Furniture1
Dennys1McDonald's1
Econo Lodge1U-Haul1
FedEx1UPS2

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