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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. 2012 cost of living index in Quay County: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (24.7%), Construction (14.6%), Retail trade (10.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 27%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Quay County, New Mexico:


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 2009: $31,381 ($24,894 in 1999)
This county:

$31381
New Mexico:

$43028

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $335 (lower quartile is $180, upper quartile is $448)
This county:

$335
State:

$585


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $73,447 (it was $52,700 in 2000)
Quay County:

$73,447
New Mexico:

$160,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $38,058 - $115,259

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $172,439
Here:

$172,439
State:

$226,412

Townhouses or other attached units: $206,879
Here:

$206,879
State:

$192,453

In 2-unit structures: $157,569
Here:

$157,569
State:

$235,573

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $148,259
Here:

$148,259
State:

$194,508

Mobile homes: $59,068
Here:

$59,068
State:

$56,348

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $19,567
Here:

$19,567
State:

$42,007
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,067
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $186

Institutionalized population: 22

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $361 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $229 (0.4%)


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 2009: 16.8%
(14.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 19.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.9% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.6% for other race residents, 5.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 45 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 41 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 36 years old, Other race residents: 42 years old)

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

20.9%
Whole state:

18.4%

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

6.9%
Whole state:

7.8%

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.


Click to draw/clear Quay County borders

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 .

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


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:

39.6% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 89.92%
Here89.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 9,131
Total congregations: 37

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of ChristAssemblies of God
Adherents4,323 (47.3%)3,146 (34.5%)676 (7.4%)259 (2.8%)229 (2.5%)
Congregations9 (24.3%)5 (13.5%)5 (13.5%)6 (16.2%)4 (10.8%)
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristPresbyterian Church (USA)Episcopal ChurchOther
Adherents224 (2.5%)98 (1.1%)56 (0.6%)50 (0.5%)70 (0.8%)
Congregations1 (2.7%)1 (2.7%)1 (2.7%)1 (2.7%)4 (10.8%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Quay County - Tucumcari, Logan-Nara Visa, Logan, House-Forrest, San Jon

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

2.23 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.12 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
This county:

13.41 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Quay County:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

6.8%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

25.8%
New Mexico:

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 above New Mexico state average. It is 2.3 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 significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 91% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/25/1996 at 06:43:46, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 67.3 miles away from the county center
On 3/19/1995 at 18:36:43, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 34.1 miles away from the county center
On 11/30/1993 at 03:07:31, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 MD, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 62.0 miles away from the county center
On 9/29/1993 at 02:01:19, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 63.7 miles away from Quay County center
On 7/14/1998 at 05:38:48, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 MD, 2.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 18.2 miles away from the county center
On 4/27/1998 at 15:22:46, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 74.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), duration magnitude (MD)

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (5%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Health care (11%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Social assistance (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





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:

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 2005 was $28,924.

6.79% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,505 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.79%
New Mexico average:

7.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.43% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($12,544 average AGI)
3.36% relocated from other states ($13,961 average AGI)
Quay County:

3.36%
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 Curry County, NM  0.73% ($17,045 average AGI)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.47% ($21,714)


8.17% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($22,723 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.17%
New Mexico average:

7.42%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.03% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($11,855 average AGI)
4.13% relocated to other states ($10,867 average AGI)
Quay County:

4.13%
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 Curry County, NM  0.92% ($24,679 average AGI)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.85% ($20,615)
to Roosevelt County, NM  0.43% ($21,000)
to Randall County, TX  0.36% ($17,364)
to Potter County, TX  0.33% ($24,700)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Quay County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Quay County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Quay County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Quay County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Quay 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 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 Hardware1McDonald's1
Arby's1Motel 61
Best Western1Nike1
Dairy Queen1Quality1
Days Inn1RadioShack1
Dennys1Rodeway Inn1
Econo Lodge1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx4Super 81
Holiday Inn1Travelodge1
KFC1True Value1
Kmart1U-Haul1
La Quinta1UPS1
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