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Mora County, New Mexico (NM)


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County population in 2012: 4,705 (all rural); it was 5,180 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 562
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,165
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,665
Renter-occupied apartments: 387 (it was 352 in 2000)
% of renters here:

17%
State:

31%

Land area: 1931 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 2 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Mora County: 86.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (37.9%), Construction (13.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 44%
  • Government: 39%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 16%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Mora County, New Mexico:


Median resident age:  46.0 years
New Mexico median age:  36.0 years

Males: 2,498  (53.6%)
Females: 2,383  (46.4%)

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Average household size:
Mora County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,907 ($24,518 in 1999)
This county:

$30907
New Mexico:

$43028

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $315 (lower quartile is $248, upper quartile is $447)
This county:

$315
State:

$585


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $119,633 (it was $73,200 in 2000)
Mora County:

$119,633
New Mexico:

$160,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $67,408 - $172,784

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $255,078
Here:

$255,078
State:

$226,412

Townhouses or other attached units: $402,115
Here:

$402,115
State:

$192,453

Mobile homes: $98,547
Here:

$98,547
State:

$56,348

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $140,880
Here:

$140,880
State:

$42,007
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,170
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $230

Institutionalized population: 0

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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


Mora County, NM map from a distance

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $422 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $402 (0.4%)


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


Mora County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 13.0%
(10.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 13.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.2% for American Indian residents, 9.6% for other race residents, 34.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 37 years old, American Indian residents: 48 years old, Asian residents: 47 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 42 years old, Other race residents: 42 years old)

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

25.4%
Whole state:

18.4%

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

12.6%
Whole state:

7.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mora County is $451 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $537 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $674 a month.

Cities in this county include: Mora, Wagon Mound, La Cueva, Watrous.

Mora County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Mora County: La CaƱada Windmill (A), Mensor Windmill (B), Mora Ranch (C), Morrison Windmill (D), Paltenghe Ranch (E), Pelon Windmill (F), Smith Cabin (G), Salman Ranch (H), Sanford Ranch (I), Sixtynine Ranch (J), Taylor Windmill (K), Thompson Ranch (L), Thompson Windmill (M), El Oro (N), Beatty Cabin (O), West Windmill (P), Wiggins Ranch (Q), Gallinas Camp Diamond A Ranch (R), Kennedy Point (S), Los Chupaderos (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Mora County include: Sacred Heart Church (A), Mora Valley Community Baptist (B), Saint Teresa Church (C), Sacred Heart Chapel (D), Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (E), Piedra Lumbre Church (F), San Juan Church (G), Brother of Jesus Mission (H), San Yasidro Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Cherry Valley Cemetery (1), Chacon Cemetery (2), Montoya Cemetery (3), La Morada Cemetery (4), El Rito Cemetery (5), Calhoun Cemetery (6), Halls Peak Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Upper Charette Lake (A), Baker Lake (B), Lake Woods (C), Gallegos Lake (D), Apache Lake (E), Frutosa Lake (F), Laguna Salada (G), Santiago Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Wheaten Creek (A), Manueles Creek (B), Ocate Creek (C), Alamosa Creek (D), Banderitas Creek (E), Beaver Creek (F), Bonita Creek (G), Chavez Creek (H), Ciruela Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Mora County include: Coyote Creek State Park (1), Fort Union National Monument Historical Marker (2), Fort Union National Monument (3), Canadian River Canyon Historical Marker (4), Morphy Lake State Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Colfax County , Harding County , Rio Arriba County , San Miguel County , Santa Fe County , Taos County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 212
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 69.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 87 (84% naturalized citizens)

Mora County:

1.7%
Whole state:

8.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 35.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 54.7%

Mora County marital status for males
Mora County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Mora County with a mortgage: 154 (0 second mortgage, 6 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 565

Here:

21.4% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 69.56%
Here69.6%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,603
Total congregations: 34

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchAssemblies of GodLDS (Mormon) ChurchChurches of ChristOther
Adherents2,963 (82.2%)185 (5.1%)174 (4.8%)134 (3.7%)147 (4.1%)
Congregations23 (67.6%)1 (2.9%)1 (2.9%)4 (11.8%)5 (14.7%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Mora County - Mora, Wagon Mound, La Cueva, Watrous

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

7.92 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 1
Mora County:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

6.4%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

19.1%
New Mexico:

22.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Mora County:

10.2%
State:

11.5%


Agriculture in Mora County:

Average size of farms: 2328 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $35,684
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $105.03
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 93.39%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $30,503
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.96%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 48.03%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $38,780
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.61%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.77
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.11%
Land in orchards: 27 acres

Tornado activity:

Mora County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 31.2 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Mora County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above New Mexico state average. It is 50% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 65.1 miles away from the county center
On 1/3/2007 at 14:34:38, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.4 MW, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 74.7 miles away from the county center
On 3/22/2004 at 12:09:56, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 60.2 miles away from the county center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 81.7 miles away from Mora County center
On 8/1/2004 at 06:50:47, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 62.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 67.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Mora County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Fires: 6, Snows: 2, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
  • Educational services (23%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Social assistance (8%)
  • U. S. Postal service (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (5%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)

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




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





Mora County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,030 (61%)
  • Carpooled: 391 (23%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 14 (1%)
  • Walked: 122 (7%)
  • Other means: 47 (3%)
  • Worked at home: 71 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


56 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
8 people in other noninstitutional facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $26,367.

6.71% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($25,947 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.71%
New Mexico average:

7.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.39% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($14,053 average AGI)
2.31% relocated from other states ($11,885 average AGI)
Mora County:

2.31%
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 San Miguel County, NM  1.90% ($19,688 average AGI)
from Bernalillo County, NM  1.19% ($16,450)


6.65% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($34,625 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.65%
New Mexico average:

7.42%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.45% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($14,964 average AGI)
2.20% relocated to other states ($19,670 average AGI)
Mora County:

2.20%
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 San Miguel County, NM  1.60% ($21,704 average AGI)
to Bernalillo County, NM  1.43% ($21,792)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.2

Births per 1000 population in Mora County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Mora County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Mora County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 940 (737 aged, 203 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 30%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 841.980
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1018.210

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,873

Size of family households: 637 2-persons, 267 3-persons, 218 4-persons, 105 5-persons, 44 6-persons, 24 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 701 1-person, 111 2-persons, 5 3-persons, 2 4-persons.

31.4% of residents of Mora County speak English at home.
67.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (20% speak English very well, 56% speak English well, 24% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $52,084,000 ($9993 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $738,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $15,132,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,720,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $147,000
Federal grants: $29,476,000
Federal procurement contracts: $514,000 ($35,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,094,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $642,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $234,000
Federal Government insurance: $727,000

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

Births: 240
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 193
Here:

38 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +7
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -112
Here -22 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Mora County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.27 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.0
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.0

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Mora County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 26
  • 2 rooms: 54
  • 3 rooms: 147
  • 4 rooms: 369
  • 5 rooms: 473
  • 6 rooms: 298
  • 7 rooms: 169
  • 8 rooms: 65
  • 9+ rooms: 64
  • 1 room: 22
  • 2 rooms: 37
  • 3 rooms: 66
  • 4 rooms: 71
  • 5 rooms: 106
  • 6 rooms: 25
  • 7 rooms: 18
  • 8 rooms: 0
  • 9+ rooms: 7
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mora County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 30
  • 1 bedroom: 138
  • 2 bedrooms: 565
  • 3 bedrooms: 722
  • 4 bedrooms: 182
  • 5+ bedrooms: 28
  • no bedroom: 22
  • 1 bedroom: 106
  • 2 bedrooms: 100
  • 3 bedrooms: 112
  • 4 bedrooms: 9
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3
Cars and other vehicles available in Mora County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 103
  • 1 vehicle: 436
  • 2 vehicles: 667
  • 3 vehicles: 267
  • 4 vehicles: 137
  • 5+ vehicles: 55
  • no vehicle: 39
  • 1 vehicle: 198
  • 2 vehicles: 97
  • 3 vehicles: 18
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

70% of Mora County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 33% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 61% lived in New Mexico.

Mora County:

69.6%
State average:

55.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $72,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 12%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 12%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mora County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (47.3%)
  • Wood (43.1%)
  • Utility gas (6.1%)
  • Electricity (1.8%)
  • Coal or coke (0.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (57.1%)
  • Wood (28.1%)
  • Utility gas (9.9%)
  • Electricity (4.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 83
Here:

13.5%
New Mexico:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 30
Here:

6.9%
New Mexico:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 7
Here:

4.1%
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

Mora County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Mora County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Mora County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Mora County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Mora County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Juan869.0 years
Frank666.5 years
Jose673.8 years
Alfredo485.3 years
Henry474.3 years
John474.2 years
Adelina380.3 years
Elmer378.4 years
Margaret358.8 years
Walter364.7 years
Most common last names in Mora County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez2077.1 years
Chavez1071.7 years
Valdez980.9 years
Archuleta680.2 years
Armijo671.5 years
Garcia679.2 years
Montoya676.2 years
Duran575.0 years
Cruz571.6 years
Wiggins580.0 years

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