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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. 2012 cost of living index in Hidalgo County: 84.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (22.8%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (17.6%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (13.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 30%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Hidalgo County, New Mexico:


Median resident age:  40.0 years
New Mexico median age:  36.0 years

Males: 2,455  (60.5%)
Females: 2,439  (39.5%)

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Average household size:
Hidalgo County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $31,286 ($24,819 in 1999)
This county:

$31286
New Mexico:

$43028

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $281 (lower quartile is $146, upper quartile is $436)
This county:

$281
State:

$585


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $96,754 (it was $51,900 in 2000)
Hidalgo County:

$96,754
New Mexico:

$160,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $60,635 - $125,019

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $170,307
Here:

$170,307
State:

$226,412

Mobile homes: $66,772
Here:

$66,772
State:

$56,348

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $32,730
Here:

$32,730
State:

$42,007
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $999
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $183

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

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $384 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $325 (0.4%)


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 2009: 20.8%
(19.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 36.2% for Black residents, 22.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 40.0% for American Indian residents, 11.8% for other race residents, 12.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 16 years old, American Indian residents: 47 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 34 years old, Other race residents: 35 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

27.3%
Whole state:

18.4%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

10.4%
Whole state:

7.8%

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: Lordsburg, Virden, North Hidalgo, South Hidalgo.


Click to draw/clear Hidalgo County borders

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

Churches in Hidalgo County include: Saint Agustine Catholic Church (A), First Baptist Church (B), Playas Baptist Church (C), Valley View Community Church (D), Playas Valley Church of Christ (E), Living Word Family Church (F), San Felipe Catholic Church (G), Saint Simon Episcopal Mission (H), Saint Joseph Catholic Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Shakespeare Cemetery (1), Rodeo Cemetery (2), Cloverdale Cemetery (3), Middle Animas Cemetery (4). 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), Smugglers Trail Historical Marker (8), Shakespeare Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

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

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


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:

45.2% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 90.83%
Here90.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 5,388
Total congregations: 15

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents4,261 (79.1%)387 (7.2%)286 (5.3%)233 (4.3%)221 (4.1%)
Congregations5 (33.3%)2 (13.3%)3 (20.0%)3 (20.0%)2 (13.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Hidalgo County - Lordsburg, Virden, North Hidalgo, South Hidalgo

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

6.11 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

20.35 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
Hidalgo County:

8.14 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

6.2%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

20.1%
New Mexico:

22.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Hidalgo County:

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 55.7 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Hidalgo County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/3/2007 at 09:30:41, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 61.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML)

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers (4%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (20%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Gasoline stations (3%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Cashiers (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)

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




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





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:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $31,265.

8.17% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($31,569 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.17%
New Mexico average:

7.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.95% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($9,815 average AGI)
5.22% relocated from other states ($21,754 average AGI)
Hidalgo County:

5.22%
New Mexico average:

4.63%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Dona Ana County, NM  1.38% ($21,273 average AGI)
from Grant County, NM  0.63% ($29,100)


9.14% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,299 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.14%
New Mexico average:

7.42%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.92% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($13,844 average AGI)
5.22% relocated to other states ($14,456 average AGI)
Hidalgo County:

5.22%
New Mexico average:

4.16%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dona Ana County, NM  1.43% ($40,565 average AGI)
to Cochise County, AZ  1.00% ($25,750)
to Grant County, NM  0.93% ($29,933)
to Pima County, AZ  0.87% ($19,643)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Hidalgo County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Hidalgo County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Hidalgo County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Hidalgo County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Hidalgo County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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's1H&R Block1
Best Western1Lane Furniture1
Comfort Inn1McDonald's1
Dennys1U-Haul1
Econo Lodge1UPS2
FedEx1

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