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Otero County, New Mexico (NM)

County population in 2017: 65,817 (70% urban, 30% rural); it was 62,298 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 9,403
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,177
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 15,377
Renter-occupied apartments: 7,884 (it was 7,607 in 2000)
% of renters here:

33%
State:

31%

Land area: 6627 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 10 people per square mile   (low).

March 2019 cost of living index in Otero County: 82.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (24.1%), Educational, health and social services (18.4%), Retail trade (11.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 71%
  • Government: 8%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 20%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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  • Races in Otero County, NM (2017)
    • 31,81551.1%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 24,76139.7%Hispanic or Latino
    • 4,0636.5%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 2,0543.3%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,5172.4%Two or more races
    • 7451.2%Asian alone
    • 520.08%Some other race alone
    • 300.05%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

35.2 years
New Mexico median age:

37.7 years
Males: 35,082  (53.3%)
Females: 30,735  (46.7%)
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Average household size:
Otero County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $43,887 ($30,861 in 1999)
This county:

$43,887
New Mexico:

$46,744

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $568 (lower quartile is $417, upper quartile is $910)
This county:

$568
State:

$697


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $118,000 (it was $68,700 in 2000)
Otero:

$118,000
New Mexico:

$171,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $68,700 - $210,400
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,092
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $262

Institutionalized population: 1,636

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 41
  • Burglaries: 98
  • Thefts: 151
  • Auto thefts: 4

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

  • Murders: 3
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 56
  • Burglaries: 90
  • Thefts: 180
  • Auto thefts: 12
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 103 buildings, average cost: $74,600
  • 1998: 61 buildings, average cost: $95,600
  • 1999: 98 buildings, average cost: $124,400
  • 2000: 96 buildings, average cost: $138,800
  • 2001: 79 buildings, average cost: $147,200
  • 2002: 104 buildings, average cost: $139,300
  • 2003: 168 buildings, average cost: $167,800
  • 2004: 209 buildings, average cost: $180,600
  • 2005: 228 buildings, average cost: $189,100
  • 2006: 200 buildings, average cost: $208,300
  • 2007: 159 buildings, average cost: $228,900
  • 2008: 65 buildings, average cost: $218,100
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $202,000
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $221,000
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $222,100
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $234,700
  • 2013: 4 buildings, average cost: $191,400
  • 2014: 0 buildings
  • 2015: 0 buildings
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $208,600
  • 2017: 4 buildings, average cost: $256,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Otero, NM residents
Average permit cost in Otero, NM
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,033 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $500 (0.6%)

Distribution of median household income in Otero, NM in 2017
Distribution of house value in Otero, NM in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Otero, NM in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 16.5%
Otero County:

16.5%
New Mexico:

19.7%
(12.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 15.4% for Black residents, 29.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 33.4% for American Indian residents, 12.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 32.5% for other race residents, 24.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 35.2 years old
(Males: 33.5 years old, Females: 38.5 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42.3 years old, Black residents: 49.1 years old, American Indian residents: 34.2 years old, Asian residents: 56.4 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28.3 years old, Other race residents: 34.4 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Otero County is $412 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $667 a month.

Cities in this county include: Alamogordo, Southeast Otero, Tularosa, Holloman AFB, La Luz, Mescalero, Boles Acres, High Rolls, Cloudcroft, Timberon.

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

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Neighboring counties: Cochran County, Texas , Crosby County, Texas , Fisher County, Texas , Franklin County, Texas , Garza County, Texas , Jones County, Texas , Lubbock County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.5%
New Mexico:

4.6%

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

Current college students: 3,323
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 18.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 5,938 (24.9% naturalized citizens)

Otero County:

9.0%
Whole state:

9.4%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 3,3732010 or later
  • 1,2272000 to 2009
  • 1,3781990 to 1999
  • 1,7051980 to 1989
  • 9761970 to 1979
  • 1,184Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 87.4%

Otero County marital status for males Otero County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 19,010
  • One, attached: 617
  • Two: 1,056
  • 3 or 4: 1,681
  • 5 to 9: 389
  • 10 to 19: 242
  • 20 to 49: 56
  • 50 or more: 85
  • Mobile homes: 8,522
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 75

Housing units in Otero County with a mortgage: 6,561 (135 second mortgage, 231 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 7,496

Here:

46.2% with mortgage
State:

53.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Otero County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic11,86211
Evangelical Protestant8,94755
Mainline Protestant2,91312
Other1,71211
Black Protestant4665
None37,897-
Otero 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: 6
Otero County:

0.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 27
Otero County:

4.30 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 35
This county:

5.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Otero County:

6.8%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Otero County:

25.8%
State:

22.1%

Agriculture in Otero County:

Average size of farms: 1941 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $16,952
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $937.17
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 3.21%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 46.89%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $15,396
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.49%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 95.78%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $24,891
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.96%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.39
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.09%
Vegetables: 21 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 3,850 acres

Earthquake activity:

Otero County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below New Mexico state average. It is 89% greater than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 225.8 miles away from Otero County center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 161.5 miles away from the county center
On 1/29/1990 at 13:16:10, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 LG, Depth: 7.5 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 130.9 miles away from the county center
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 493.1 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 625.2 miles away from Otero 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 573.6 miles away from the county center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New Mexico Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: September 15, 2014 to September 26, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4199: October 29, 2014, FEMA Id: 4199, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New Mexico Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 27, 2014 to August 05, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4197: October 06, 2014, FEMA Id: 4197, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 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 Little Lewis Fire, Incident Period: June 28, 2011 to July 13, 2011, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 29, 2011, FEMA Id: 2934, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico Severe Winter Storm and Extreme Cold Temperatures, Incident Period: February 01, 2011 to February 05, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1962: March 24, 2011, FEMA Id: 1962, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • New Mexico Buckwood Fire, Incident Period: May 06, 2009 to May 14, 2009, Fire Management Assistance Declared: May 07, 2009, FEMA Id: 2818, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 26, 2008 to August 20, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1783: August 14, 2008, FEMA Id: 1783, Natural disaster type: Storm, 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 Penasco Fire, Incident Period: April 30, 2002 to June 03, 2002, Fire Management Assistance Declared: May 01, 2002, FEMA Id: 2402, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • 5 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Otero County (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 7, Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Otero

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 18,998 (77.1%)
  • Carpooled: 3,745 (15.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 152 (0.6%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 160 (0.6%)
  • Bicycle: 103 (0.4%)
  • Walked: 712 (2.9%)
  • Worked at home: 840 (3.4%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (15%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (4%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (56%)
  • Germany (18%)
  • El Salvador (4%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • Korea (1%)
  • Canada (1%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Otero County


  • German (8%)
  • American (7%)
  • English (4%)
  • Irish (3%)
  • European (2%)
  • Italian (1%)
  • Scottish (1%)

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

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

  • 795 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 182 people in nursing homes
  • 163 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 50 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 15 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 14 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 5 people in institutions for the blind
  • 2 people in military disciplinary barracks
  • 2 people in religious group quarters

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

  • 1,291 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 549 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 315 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 42 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 33 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 28 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 23 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 18 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 5 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 2 people in military disciplinary barracks and jails
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,392.

9.45% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($41,867 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.45%
New Mexico average:

6.21%


0.85% of residents moved from foreign countries ($3,748 average AGI)
Otero County:

0.85%
New Mexico average:

0.10%

2.05% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($7,507 average AGI)
6.55% relocated from other states ($30,612 average AGI)
Otero County:

6.55%
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 Dona Ana County, NM  0.72% ($30,926 average AGI)
from El Paso County, TX  0.68% ($29,392)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.43% ($45,427)
from Clark County, NV  0.38% ($56,871)
from Lincoln County, NM  0.28% ($28,672)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.27% ($42,617)
from Eddy County, NM  0.13% ($36,138)


9.09% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,430 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.09%
New Mexico average:

6.56%


0.62% of residents moved to foreign countries ($2,926 average AGI)
Otero County:

0.62%
New Mexico average:

0.09%

2.24% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($9,518 average AGI)
6.23% relocated to other states ($30,986 average AGI)
Otero County:

6.23%
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 Dona Ana County, NM  0.92% ($32,500 average AGI)
to El Paso County, TX  0.70% ($31,611)
to Clark County, NV  0.29% ($64,877)
to Lincoln County, NM  0.28% ($31,887)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.21% ($44,604)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.20% ($51,133)
to Bexar County, TX  0.19% ($43,535)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 16.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.8

Births per 1000 population in Otero County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Otero County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.6

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Otero County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 23.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Otero County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Otero County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 9,486 (7,957 aged, 1,529 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,908 (24%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Otero County, New Mexico in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (685)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (500)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (468)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (439)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (319)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (203)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (184)
  • Unspecified dementia (179)
  • Congestive heart failure (174)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (156)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.16
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 7,151
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 174
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 45,675

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,341
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 836
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 15
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 55

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 59.5. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 215.1. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 116.7
  • Poisoning - 50.3
  • Other - 48.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 65,817
  • In family households: 52,902 (8,891 male householders, 6,010 female householders)
    11,914 spouses, 19,957 children (18,562 natural, 240 adopted, 1,155 stepchildren), 2,658 grandchildren, 816 brothers or sisters, 566 parents, 1,199 other relatives, 891 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 9,486 (4,177 male householders (3,549 living alone)), 3,929 female householders (3,752 living alone)), 1,380 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 3,429

Size of family households: 7,608 2-persons, 3,169 3-persons, 2,105 4-persons, 1,223 5-persons, 419 6-persons, 164 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 8,014 1-person, 907 2-persons, 78 3-persons.

7,733 married couples with children.
4,614 single-parent households (537 men, 4,077 women).

73.9% of residents of Otero speak English at home.
21.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
2.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (69% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
1.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 36% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other language at home (91% speak English very well, 9% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $651,268,000 ($10,292 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $332,082,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $204,187,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $42,688,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,252,000
Federal grants: $67,647,000
Federal procurement contracts: $115,452,000 ($92,226,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $216,040,000 ($189,843,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $107,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $51,660,000
Federal Government insurance: $90,687,000

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

Births: 4,566
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,319
Here:

36 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2,126
Here:

+33 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -3,037
Here -48 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Otero County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 11.01 millions of gallons per day (45% from ground, 55% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.3

Year house built in Otero County, New Mexico
  • Year house built in Otero County, New Mexico
  • 4402014 or later
  • 5962010 to 2013
  • 2,8402000 to 2009
  • 4,5111990 to 1999
  • 7,1401980 to 1989
  • 7,1891970 to 1979
  • 4,2851960 to 1969
  • 2,8521950 to 1959
  • 1,2121940 to 1949
  • 6681939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Otero County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Otero County, New Mexico
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Otero County, New Mexico
  • 1101 room
  • 1992 rooms
  • 1103 rooms
  • 1,1354 rooms
  • 3,0455 rooms
  • 4,5606 rooms
  • 2,3467 rooms
  • 1,8758 rooms
  • 6779+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Otero County, New Mexico
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Otero County, New Mexico
  • 4661 room
  • 1162 rooms
  • 1,6243 rooms
  • 2,5004 rooms
  • 2,0165 rooms
  • 9556 rooms
  • 8097 rooms
  • 1708 rooms
  • 2949+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Otero County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Otero County, New Mexico
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Otero County, New Mexico
  • 214no bedroom
  • 2411 bedroom
  • 1,9912 bedrooms
  • 8,4063 bedrooms
  • 2,9664 bedrooms
  • 2395+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Otero County, New Mexico
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Otero County, New Mexico
  • 546no bedroom
  • 1,2841 bedroom
  • 2,6522 bedrooms
  • 3,0733 bedrooms
  • 1,3674 bedrooms
  • 285+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 285no vehicle
  • 4,0291 vehicle
  • 5,6752 vehicles
  • 2,6123 vehicles
  • 8394 vehicles
  • 6175+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Otero County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 815no vehicle
  • 4,5531 vehicle
  • 3,0752 vehicles
  • 4163 vehicles
  • 354 vehicles
  • 565+ vehicles

78.9% of Otero County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 31% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 8% lived in New Mexico.

Otero County:

78.9%
State average:

87.3%

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

  • This state: 24,385
  • Other state: 33,035
  • Northeast: 3,563
  • Midwest: 8,241
  • South: 15,050
  • West: 6,181
Year householders moved into unit in Otero County, NM
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Otero County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 53.0%Utility gas
  • 22.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 12.5%Electricity
  • 10.5%Wood
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Solar energy
  • 0.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 56.8%Utility gas
  • 28.9%Electricity
  • 8.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 4.1%Wood
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.3%No fuel used
  • 0.3%Solar energy

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 468
Here:

7.0%
New Mexico:

7.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 126
Here:

4.2%
New Mexico:

7.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 440
Here:

14.0%
New Mexico:

10.3%

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

Otero County government finances - Expenditure in 2016:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,000,000
  • Charges - Other: $513,000
    Solid Waste Management: $80,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,080,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $5,750,000
    Police Protection: $5,020,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,660,000
    Health - Other: $1,504,000
    Regular Highways: $1,290,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,220,000
    Solid Waste Management: $844,000
    General Public Buildings: $787,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $365,000
    Financial Administration: $153,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,410,000
    Public Welfare: $204,000
    Highways: $41,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,600,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Correctional Institutions: $1,200,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $253,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $90,000,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $85,200,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,800,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $390,000
    General Revenue - Other: $192,000
    Sale of Property: $135,000
    Interest Earnings: $121,000
    Rents: $13,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $855,000
    Police Protection: $383,000
    Regular Highways: $90,000
    Solid Waste Management: $68,000
    General Public Building: $35,000
    Central Staff Services: $32,000
    Health - Other: $25,000
    Financial Administration: $25,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $21,000,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $31,000,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $3,835,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,676,000
    Highways: $1,136,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,521,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,300,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $961,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $174,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,951,000

Otero County government finances - Revenue in 2016:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,000,000
  • Charges - Other: $513,000
    Solid Waste Management: $80,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,080,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $5,750,000
    Police Protection: $5,020,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,660,000
    Health - Other: $1,504,000
    Regular Highways: $1,290,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,220,000
    Solid Waste Management: $844,000
    General Public Buildings: $787,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $365,000
    Financial Administration: $153,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,410,000
    Public Welfare: $204,000
    Highways: $41,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,600,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Correctional Institutions: $1,200,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $253,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $90,000,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $85,200,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,800,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $390,000
    General Revenue - Other: $192,000
    Sale of Property: $135,000
    Interest Earnings: $121,000
    Rents: $13,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $855,000
    Police Protection: $383,000
    Regular Highways: $90,000
    Solid Waste Management: $68,000
    General Public Building: $35,000
    Central Staff Services: $32,000
    Health - Other: $25,000
    Financial Administration: $25,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $21,000,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $31,000,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $3,835,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,676,000
    Highways: $1,136,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,521,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,300,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $961,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $174,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,951,000

Otero County government finances - Debt in 2016:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,000,000
  • Charges - Other: $513,000
    Solid Waste Management: $80,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,080,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $5,750,000
    Police Protection: $5,020,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,660,000
    Health - Other: $1,504,000
    Regular Highways: $1,290,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,220,000
    Solid Waste Management: $844,000
    General Public Buildings: $787,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $365,000
    Financial Administration: $153,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,410,000
    Public Welfare: $204,000
    Highways: $41,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,600,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Correctional Institutions: $1,200,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $253,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $90,000,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $85,200,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,800,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $390,000
    General Revenue - Other: $192,000
    Sale of Property: $135,000
    Interest Earnings: $121,000
    Rents: $13,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $855,000
    Police Protection: $383,000
    Regular Highways: $90,000
    Solid Waste Management: $68,000
    General Public Building: $35,000
    Central Staff Services: $32,000
    Health - Other: $25,000
    Financial Administration: $25,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $21,000,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $31,000,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $3,835,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,676,000
    Highways: $1,136,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,521,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,300,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $961,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $174,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,951,000

Otero County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,000,000
  • Charges - Other: $513,000
    Solid Waste Management: $80,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,080,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $5,750,000
    Police Protection: $5,020,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,660,000
    Health - Other: $1,504,000
    Regular Highways: $1,290,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,220,000
    Solid Waste Management: $844,000
    General Public Buildings: $787,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $365,000
    Financial Administration: $153,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,410,000
    Public Welfare: $204,000
    Highways: $41,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,600,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Correctional Institutions: $1,200,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $253,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $90,000,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $85,200,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,800,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $390,000
    General Revenue - Other: $192,000
    Sale of Property: $135,000
    Interest Earnings: $121,000
    Rents: $13,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $6,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $855,000
    Police Protection: $383,000
    Regular Highways: $90,000
    Solid Waste Management: $68,000
    General Public Building: $35,000
    Central Staff Services: $32,000
    Health - Other: $25,000
    Financial Administration: $25,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $21,000,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $31,000,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $3,835,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,676,000
    Highways: $1,136,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,521,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,300,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $961,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $174,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $8,951,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,437
  • Number of aged recipients: 173
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,264
  • Number of recipients under 18: 190
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 919
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 328
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 539
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 632
Most common first names in Otero County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary20975.6 years
John19273.5 years
James18471.6 years
William18173.6 years
Robert16870.6 years
George10574.0 years
Charles10374.0 years
Helen6779.2 years
Joseph6672.5 years
Dorothy6276.3 years
Most common last names in Otero County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith10573.5 years
Johnson5876.5 years
Jones5377.3 years
Davis5375.5 years
Chavez5268.8 years
Garcia5072.9 years
Sanchez4469.8 years
Miller4376.0 years
Gonzales3973.3 years
Torres3970.5 years
Businesses in Otero County, NM
NameCountNameCount
Applebee's1Long John Silver's1
Arby's1Lowe's1
AutoZone1MasterBrand Cabinets4
Best Western1Maurices1
Big O Tires1McDonald's3
Burger King1Motel 61
Chevrolet1Nike2
ColorTyme1Papa John's Pizza1
Comfort Inn1Payless1
Curves1Penske1
Days Inn1Popeyes1
Dennys1Quiznos1
FedEx3RadioShack1
Foot Locker1Rue211
Ford1SONIC Drive-In2
GNC2Sears1
GameStop1Staples1
Goodwill1Super 81
H&R Block2Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn1Toyota1
Home Depot1True Value2
Honda1U-Haul2
JCPenney1UPS6
KFC1Verizon Wireless1
Kmart1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy1Wendy's1
Lane Furniture1

Otero County on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #12 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+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
  • #52 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+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"