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Luna County, New Mexico (NM)


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County population in 2012: 25,041 (59% urban, 41% rural); it was 25,016 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,043
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,663
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 7,048
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,887 (it was 2,349 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

31%

Land area: 2965 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 9 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Luna County: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (22.8%), Retail trade (13.3%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 22%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Luna County, New Mexico:


Median resident age:  39.0 years
New Mexico median age:  36.0 years

Males: 12,474  (48.6%)
Females: 12,621  (51.4%)

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Average household size:
Luna County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $26,200 ($20,784 in 1999)
This county:

$26200
New Mexico:

$43028

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $361 (lower quartile is $242, upper quartile is $462)
This county:

$361
State:

$585


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $90,981 (it was $52,300 in 2000)
Luna County:

$90,981
New Mexico:

$160,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $53,539 - $156,170

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $136,789
Here:

$136,789
State:

$226,412

Townhouses or other attached units: $458,362
Here:

$458,362
State:

$192,453

In 2-unit structures: $391
Here:

$391
State:

$235,573

Mobile homes: $57,098
Here:

$57,098
State:

$56,348

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $33,989
Here:

$33,989
State:

$42,007
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $849
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $178

Institutionalized population: 519

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


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Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $480 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $301 (0.4%)


Luna County household income distribution in 2009 Luna County home values distribution


Luna County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 33.4%
(20.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 63.9% for Black residents, 40.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.0% for American Indian residents, 31.1% for other race residents, 49.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 44 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

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

32.9%
Whole state:

18.4%

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

14.0%
Whole state:

7.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Luna County is $411 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $581 a month.

Cities in this county include: Deming, Columbus, Keeler Farm, La Hacienda, Ventura, Sunshine, Pulpotio Bareas, Pecan Park, City of the Sun.

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

2005 air pollution in Luna County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 23 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 50 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.



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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Luna County: L McKinney Ranch (A), Lake Windmill (B), Little Windmill (C), Lower Corral (D), Matamoros Windmill (E), McBee Windmill (F), Middle Well (G), Midway Windmill (H), Millard Windmill (I), Miller Ranch (J), Miller Windmill (K), Mines Windmill (L), Mongola Windmill (M), Mountain Well (N), Mountain Windmill (O), Munson Windmill (P), New Windmill (Q), Nobinson Windmill (R), North Windmill (S), Northeast Windmill (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Luna County: Lewis Flats Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Fort Cummings Cemetery (1), Carroll Cemetery (2), Lewis Cemetery (3), Cooks Peak Cemetery (4), Victorio Cemetery (5), Holy Cross Cemetery (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Sibley Hole (A), The Lake (B), San Luis Lake (C), Red Lake (D), Art Tank (E), Barksdale Tank (F), Bartsdale Tank (G), Bassett Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cold Water Creek (A), Coyote Arroyo (B), Mule Springs Creek (C), Mimbres River (D), Whitewater Creek (E), Walnut Creek (F), Macho Creek (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Luna County include: Florida Mountains Wilderness Study Area (1), Cedar Mountains Wilderness Study Area (2), Cookes Range Wilderness Study Area (3), Spring Canyon State Park (4), Fort Cummings 1836-1886 Historical Marker (5), Rock Hound State Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Dona Ana County , Grant County , Hidalgo County , Sierra County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 539
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 59.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 4,884 (25% naturalized citizens)

Luna County:

19.5%
Whole state:

8.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 89.5%

Luna County marital status for males
Luna County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Luna County with a mortgage: 1,929 (127 second mortgage, 38 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,739

Here:

52.6% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 35.36%
Here35.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 8,845
Total congregations: 28

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurches of Christ
Adherents5,398 (61.0%)1,365 (15.4%)686 (7.8%)294 (3.3%)224 (2.5%)
Congregations3 (10.7%)5 (17.9%)2 (7.1%)1 (3.6%)4 (14.3%)
NameChristian Churches and Churches of ChristAssemblies of GodLutheran ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents175 (2.0%)141 (1.6%)104 (1.2%)100 (1.1%)358 (4.0%)
Congregations1 (3.6%)3 (10.7%)1 (3.6%)1 (3.6%)7 (25.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Luna County - Deming, Columbus, Keeler Farm, La Hacienda, Ventura

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

1.12 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Luna County:

0.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Luna County:

0.37 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 19
This county:

7.09 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 21
Luna County:

7.83 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.1%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

24.3%
New Mexico:

22.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Luna County:

9.9%
State:

11.5%


Agriculture in Luna County:

Average size of farms: 4149 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $277,419
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1448.29
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.03%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 29.96%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $232,273
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.23%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 91.99%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $142,308
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 77.19%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.54
All wheat for grain: 2132 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 2065 harvested acres
Vegetables: 9,310 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 1,737 acres

Tornado activity:

Luna County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 24.0 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Luna County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 98% 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 28.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Luna County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (18%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Food (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4%)

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




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





Luna County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,155 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 1,340 (19%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 30 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (0%)
  • Walked: 197 (3%)
  • Other means: 56 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 192 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Luna County, New Mexico in 2000:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $27,672.

8.40% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,979 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.40%
New Mexico average:

7.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.17% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($6,369 average AGI)
6.23% relocated from other states ($22,611 average AGI)
Luna County:

6.23%
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  0.87% ($24,471 average AGI)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.56% ($20,289)
from El Paso County, TX  0.47% ($22,605)
from Grant County, NM  0.31% ($33,040)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.30% ($27,542)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.21% ($19,294)
from Clark County, NV  0.14% ($30,909)


7.31% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($24,683 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.31%
New Mexico average:

7.42%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.02% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($9,319 average AGI)
4.29% relocated to other states ($15,364 average AGI)
Luna County:

4.29%
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  1.27% ($13,554 average AGI)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.60% ($16,250)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.36% ($21,069)
to El Paso County, TX  0.31% ($46,960)
to Grant County, NM  0.24% ($21,316)
to Otero County, NM  0.15% ($32,667)
to Pima County, AZ  0.14% ($27,636)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.7

Births per 1000 population in Luna County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Luna County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Luna County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,056 (4,402 aged, 654 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 33%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 31%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.83
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8144.210
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 455.430
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 209939.15

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1615.220
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 852.890
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 3.77

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.77
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 56.61

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.55

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

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 212.7. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 145.5
  • Other - 67.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 24,544

Size of family households: 2,869 2-persons, 1,345 3-persons, 1,070 4-persons, 704 5-persons, 290 6-persons, 206 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,669 1-person, 391 2-persons, 34 3-persons, 4 4-persons, 6 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 4 7-or-more-persons.

50.5% of residents of Luna County speak English at home.
48.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 2% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (90% speak English very well, 10% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (29% speak English very well, 46% speak English well, 25% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $161,058,000 ($6164 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $6,734,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $74,874,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $28,240,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,895,000
Federal grants: $40,109,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,786,000 ($2,495,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $12,154,000 ($58,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,453,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,087,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,245,000

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

Births: 2,047
Here:

77 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,191
Here:

45 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +877
Here:

+33 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -206
Here -8 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Luna County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.92 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.1
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

4.0

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Luna County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 187
  • 2 rooms: 311
  • 3 rooms: 601
  • 4 rooms: 1,251
  • 5 rooms: 2,123
  • 6 rooms: 1,142
  • 7 rooms: 823
  • 8 rooms: 379
  • 9+ rooms: 231
  • 1 room: 124
  • 2 rooms: 334
  • 3 rooms: 528
  • 4 rooms: 536
  • 5 rooms: 456
  • 6 rooms: 239
  • 7 rooms: 62
  • 8 rooms: 37
  • 9+ rooms: 33
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Luna County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 269
  • 1 bedroom: 739
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,074
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,161
  • 4 bedrooms: 718
  • 5+ bedrooms: 87
  • no bedroom: 165
  • 1 bedroom: 775
  • 2 bedrooms: 761
  • 3 bedrooms: 554
  • 4 bedrooms: 77
  • 5+ bedrooms: 17
Cars and other vehicles available in Luna County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 444
  • 1 vehicle: 2,246
  • 2 vehicles: 2,792
  • 3 vehicles: 1,153
  • 4 vehicles: 275
  • 5+ vehicles: 138
  • no vehicle: 546
  • 1 vehicle: 1,163
  • 2 vehicles: 479
  • 3 vehicles: 110
  • 4 vehicles: 41
  • 5+ vehicles: 10

59% of Luna County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 30% lived in New Mexico.

Luna County:

59.2%
State average:

55.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $40,400


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 Luna County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (47.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (40.5%)
  • Electricity (6.8%)
  • Wood (4.0%)
  • Solar energy (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (63.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.3%)
  • Electricity (10.2%)
  • Wood (1.2%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

0.2%
New Mexico:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 57
Here:

3.3%
New Mexico:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 27
Here:

6.3%
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

Luna County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Luna County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Luna County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Luna County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Luna 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 Luna County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William17273.9 years
Robert14773.7 years
John14274.8 years
Mary12779.0 years
James11271.0 years
Charles8875.5 years
George8677.0 years
Richard6072.1 years
Maria5676.0 years
Frank5376.6 years
Most common last names in Luna County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5775.2 years
Johnson4176.4 years
Chavez3875.5 years
Miller3375.9 years
Garcia3271.1 years
Davis3276.0 years
Taylor2874.2 years
Williams2774.8 years
Hernandez2771.1 years
Flores2469.0 years
Businesses in Luna County, NM
NameCountNameCount
AutoZone1Kmart1
Best Western1La Quinta1
Big O Tires1La-Z-Boy1
Burger King1MasterBrand Cabinets1
ColorTyme1McDonald's1
Comfort Inn1Pizza Hut1
Curves1RadioShack1
Dairy Queen2SONIC Drive-In1
Dennys1Super 82
Domino's Pizza1U-Haul1
FedEx3UPS5
H&R Block1Walmart1
Holiday Inn1Wendy's1
KFC1

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