Quay County, New Mexico (NM)

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County population in 2012: 8,769 (58% urban, 42% rural); it was 10,155 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,196
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,633
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,963
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,243 (it was 1,238 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

31%

Land area: 2875 sq. mi.

Water area: 6.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 3 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Quay County: 80.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (37.7%), Educational, health and social services (15.6%), Construction (12.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 56%
  • Government: 1%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 28%
  • Unpaid family work: 15%
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Races in Quay County, New Mexico:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (53.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (42.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.9%)
  • Asian alone (0.9%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.8%)
Median resident age:  45.0 years
New Mexico median age:  36.0 years
Males: 4,456  (54.4%)
Females: 4,585  (45.6%)
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Quay County,NM real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Quay County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $30,078 ($24,894 in 1999)

This county:

$30078
New Mexico:

$43872

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $304 (lower quartile is $215, upper quartile is $536)
This county:

$304
State:

$651


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $68,556 (it was $52,700 in 2000)
Quay:

$68,556
New Mexico:

$159,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $37,192 - $112,222
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $783
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $310

Institutionalized population: 22
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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $481 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $337 (0.5%)

Quay County household income distribution in 2009 Quay County home values distribution Quay County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 21.4%
(16.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.8% for Black residents, 28.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 36.9% for American Indian residents, 24.4% for other race residents, 20.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 23.0%
Quay County:

23.0%
New Mexico:

21.9%
(18.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.6% for Black residents, 29.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 41.6% for American Indian residents, 25.3% for other race residents, 19.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 46 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 54 years old, Black residents: 21 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 55 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 38 years old, Other race residents: 44 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Quay County is $390 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $615 a month.

Cities in this county include: Tucumcari, Logan-Nara Visa, Logan, House-Forrest, San Jon, Nara Visa, House.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Quay County: Lackey Windmill (A), Lawrence Ranch (B), Leak Well (C), Leslie Windmill (D), Little Church Windmill (E), Little Cottonwood Windmill (F), Love Windmill (G), Mano Windmill (H), McAlister Well (I), Merrill Ranch (J), Mesa Windmill (K), Middle Windmill (L), Molyneaux Ranch (M), Moon Well (N), New Windmill (O), North Privo Windmill (P), Northwest Windmill (Q), Oil Well Windmill (R), Ok Windmill (S), Orbeson Windmill (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Quay County: Juana de Darca Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Browning Cemetery (1), Puerto Cemetery (2), Endee Cemetery (3), Gerhardt Cemetery (4), Tucumcari Memorial Park (5), Cherokee Valley Cemetery (6), Logan Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Snyder Lake (A), Capps Lake (B), Caballo Lake (C), Burk Lake (D), Tucumcari Lake (E), Tank Lake (F), Law Lake (G), Blue Hole (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: West Fork Nara Visa Arroyo (A), Adobe Walls Creek (B), Alamosito Creek (C), Apache Creek (D), Apodaca Creek (E), Barranca Creek (F), Blanco Creek (G), Bluewater Creek (H), Bradley Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Quay County include: Tucumcari Mountain Historical Marker (1), Comanche Country Historical Marker (2), Clark Monument 9 (3), Ute Lake State Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Curry County , De Baca County , Guadalupe County , Harding County , Roosevelt County , San Miguel County , Union County , Deaf Smith County, Texas , Hartley County, Texas , Oldham County, Texas .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.5%
New Mexico:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 413
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 73.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 345 (32% naturalized citizens)

Quay County:

3.4%
Whole state:

8.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 71
  • 1990 to 1994: 49
  • 1985 to 1989: 88
  • 1980 to 1984: 15
  • 1975 to 1979: 26
  • 1970 to 1974: 60
  • 1970 to 1974: 9
  • 1965 to 1969: 27

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 91.6%

Quay County marital status for males Quay County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Quay County with a mortgage: 718 (50 second mortgage, 7 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,095

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Quay County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,29919
Catholic3,5105
Mainline Protestant6556
Other2702
None307-
Quay 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: 2
Quay County:

2.23 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.12 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
Quay County:

13.41 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Quay County:

6.8%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Quay County:

25.8%
State:

22.1%

Agriculture in Quay County:

Average size of farms: 2780 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $38,951
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $71.98
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.35%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 88.18%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $47,851
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.30%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 42.74%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $57,820
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.53%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 3.60
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.02%
All wheat for grain: 16211 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 64 acres

Tornado activity:

Quay County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 14270229.9 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 15 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 3/23/2007, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 12 people and caused $4 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Quay County-area historical earthquake activity is below New Mexico state average. It is 29% greater 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 140.5 miles away from Quay County center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 218.0 miles away from the 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 194.4 miles away from the county center
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) earthquake occurred 334.6 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 190.2 miles away from Quay 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) earthquake occurred 152.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Quay County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 3

Class of Workers

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

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

  • Mexico (65%)
  • Philippines (10%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • India (4%)
  • Korea (4%)
  • Germany (3%)
  • Panama (2%)

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

  • United States or American (12%)
  • English (10%)
  • German (10%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • Scottish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)

Quay County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,898 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 707 (18%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 8 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 5 (0%)
  • Walked: 146 (4%)
  • Other means: 18 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 214 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 102 people in nursing homes
  • 74 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 12 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
18 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
4 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $31,140.

7.28% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,252 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.28%
New Mexico average:

6.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.11% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($11,514 average AGI)
4.16% relocated from other states ($17,739 average AGI)
Quay County:

4.16%
New Mexico average:

3.76%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Curry County, NM  0.69% ($22,571 average AGI)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.52% ($18,188)


7.67% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,426 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.67%
New Mexico average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.66% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($10,855 average AGI)
4.02% relocated to other states ($16,570 average AGI)
Quay County:

4.02%
New Mexico average:

3.71%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.82% ($12,200 average AGI)
to Curry County, NM  0.59% ($25,056)
to Randall County, TX  0.46% ($33,143)
to Potter County, TX  0.36% ($54,273)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in Quay County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 13.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Quay County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Quay County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,128 (1,802 aged, 326 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 27%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 10.55
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8404.510
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 263.630
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 48012.23

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1317.640
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1447.240
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10.8

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 19.95
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 64.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,019

Size of family households: 1,341 2-persons, 506 3-persons, 373 4-persons, 184 5-persons, 61 6-persons, 37 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,393 1-person, 158 2-persons, 17 3-persons, 2 4-persons.

1,513 married couples with children.
695 single-parent households (155 men, 540 women).

72.7% of residents of Quay County speak English at home.
25.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (76% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 22% speak English well).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (33% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 53% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (67% speak English very well, 33% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $85,221,000 ($8987 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,710,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $31,252,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,841,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $7,803,000
Federal grants: $27,910,000
Federal procurement contracts: $542,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,874,000 ($302,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $665,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,519,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,377,000

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

Births: 562
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 623
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +63
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -873
Here -94 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Quay County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.94 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:

4.6
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 256
  • 1990 to 1999: 587
  • 1980 to 1989: 683
  • 1970 to 1979: 971
  • 1960 to 1969: 756
  • 1950 to 1959: 959
  • 1940 to 1949: 664
  • 1939 or earlier: 578
Rooms in houses/apartments in Quay County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 30
  • 3 rooms: 150
  • 4 rooms: 499
  • 5 rooms: 812
  • 6 rooms: 711
  • 7 rooms: 396
  • 8 rooms: 192
  • 9+ rooms: 173
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 105
  • 3 rooms: 188
  • 4 rooms: 291
  • 5 rooms: 312
  • 6 rooms: 207
  • 7 rooms: 96
  • 8 rooms: 19
  • 9+ rooms: 13
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Quay County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 146
  • 2 bedrooms: 916
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,519
  • 4 bedrooms: 304
  • 5+ bedrooms: 78
  • no bedroom: 15
  • 1 bedroom: 265
  • 2 bedrooms: 519
  • 3 bedrooms: 374
  • 4 bedrooms: 65
  • 5+ bedrooms: 0
Cars and other vehicles available in Quay County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 134
  • 1 vehicle: 894
  • 2 vehicles: 1,113
  • 3 vehicles: 583
  • 4 vehicles: 173
  • 5+ vehicles: 66
  • no vehicle: 232
  • 1 vehicle: 657
  • 2 vehicles: 264
  • 3 vehicles: 52
  • 4 vehicles: 11
  • 5+ vehicles: 22

63% of Quay 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, 50% lived in New Mexico.

Quay County:

63.1%
State average:

55.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $26,900


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 Quay County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (47.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33.0%)
  • Electricity (14.5%)
  • Wood (5.0%)
  • Utility gas (63.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.2%)
  • Electricity (9.6%)
  • Wood (1.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 18
Here:

1.4%
New Mexico:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 7
Here:

1.0%
New Mexico:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 18
Here:

5.2%
New Mexico:

11.9%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

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

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

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Quay County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,335,000
    Corrections - Other: $991,000
    General - Other: $375,000
    Fire Protection: $229,000
    Police Protection: $223,000
    Financial Administration: $176,000
    Central Staff Services: $165,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $162,000
    General Public Buildings: $52,000
    Solid Waste Management: $21,000
    Health Services - Other: $11,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $8,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $13,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,124,000

Quay County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $484,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $87,000
    Interest Earnings: $64,000
    Rents: $6,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,032,000
    Highways: $705,000
    General Support: $302,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,228,000
    Total General Sales: $694,000
    NEC: $62,000
    Other Selective Sales: $4,000

Quay County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $260,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $225,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $35,000

Quay County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,501,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Quay County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary9176.7 years
James7072.8 years
John5775.2 years
William4574.7 years
Robert4271.7 years
Charles3774.3 years
George3673.3 years
Jose3072.6 years
Frank2774.4 years
Joe2672.7 years
Most common last names in Quay County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez7369.4 years
Smith5179.8 years
Garcia4275.7 years
Romero3072.0 years
Lopez3068.5 years
Sandoval2868.1 years
Aragon2871.4 years
White2474.7 years
Davis2074.1 years
Johnson2073.4 years
Businesses in Quay County, NM
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1La Quinta1
Alco Stores1McDonald's1
Arby's1Motel 61
Best Western1Nike1
Circle K2Quality1
Dairy Queen1RadioShack1
Days Inn1Rodeway Inn1
Dennys1SONIC Drive-In1
Econo Lodge1Super 81
FedEx4Travelodge1
Holiday Inn1True Value1
KFC1U-Haul1
Kmart1UPS1

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