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Rio Arriba County, New Mexico (NM)

County population in 2014: 39,777 (50% urban, 50% rural); it was 41,190 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 5,221
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,307
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 12,296
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,240 (it was 2,748 in 2000)
% of renters here:

18%
State:

31%

Land area: 5858 sq. mi.

Water area: 38.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 7 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Rio Arriba County: 87.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (19.1%), Educational, health and social services (18.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (15.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 47%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 31%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico:

  • Hispanic or Latino (71.3%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (14.0%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (12.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
  • Some other race alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
New Mexico median age:  36.0 years
Males: 19,658  (49.4%)
Females: 20,119  (50.6%)
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Rio Arriba County,NM real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Rio Arriba County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $36,434 ($29,429 in 1999)

This county:

$36,434
New Mexico:

$45,382

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $495 (lower quartile is $324, upper quartile is $643)
This county:

$495
State:

$662


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $159,596 (it was $88,600 in 2000)
Rio Arriba:

$159,596
New Mexico:

$164,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $81,885 - $270,003
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,174
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $269

Institutionalized population: 238
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 9 buildings, average cost: $174,800
  • 2001: 11 buildings, average cost: $137,100
  • 2002: 6 buildings, average cost: $105,600
  • 2003: 10 buildings, average cost: $148,000
  • 2004: 14 buildings, average cost: $144,800
  • 2005: 13 buildings, average cost: $167,700
  • 2006: 13 buildings, average cost: $128,100
  • 2007: 4 buildings, average cost: $210,800
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $106,500
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings
  • 2013: 0 buildings
  • 2014: 0 buildings

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $754 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $614 (0.5%)

Rio Arriba County household income distribution in 2009 Rio Arriba County home values distribution Rio Arriba County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 23.7%
(24.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.8% for Black residents, 23.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 26.9% for American Indian residents, 23.4% for other race residents, 29.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 23.1%
Rio Arriba County:

23.1%
New Mexico:

20.4%
(23.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 17.1% for Black residents, 22.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.6% for American Indian residents, 22.7% for other race residents, 27.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 40 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 57 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 33 years old, Asian residents: 27 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 38 years old, Other race residents: 42 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Rio Arriba County is $414 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $489 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $633 a month.

Cities in this county include: Espanola, South Rio Arriba, San Juan Pueblo, Rio Chama, Tierra Amarilla, Chimayo, Jicarilla, Dulce, La Mesilla, Coyote.

Rio Arriba 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 Rio Arriba County: Lake Valley Chapter House (A), Mokie Indian Ruin (B), Pueblo Bonito Ranger Station (C), San Juan Basin Field (D), Sargent Ranch (E), Ship Rock Campground (F), Sulphur Spring Campground (G), Toh-Ni-Tsa Lookout (H), Tsah Tah Trading Post (I), Tsaya Trading Post (J), Two Cross Ranch (K), Wallace Ranch (L), Zia Trading Post (M), Carson Trading Post (N), Windmill Number A-11 (O), Windmill Number A-12 (P), Chettro Kettle (Q), Adobe Downs Ranch (R), Wilson Ranch (S), Deckers Camp (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Animas Valley Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Rio Arriba County include: San Juan Mission (A), Navajo Miracle Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hammond Cemetery (1), Dustin Masonic Memorial Park (2), Flora Vista Cemetery (3), Jewett Valley Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Hugh Lake (A), Tocito Lake (B), Chimney Pond (C), Locke Lake (D), Todacheene Lake (E), Crow Lake (F), Jeters Lake (G), Long Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tuntsa Wash (A), Naschitti Wash (B), Crystal Creek (C), To-nil-choni Wash (D), Mancos River (E), Kimbeto Wash (F), Chaco River (G), De-na-zin Wash (H), Indian Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Rio Arriba County include: Ah-shi-sle-pah Wilderness Study Area (1), Old Indian Racetrack Historic Site (2), Four Corners (3), Hogback Historical Marker (4), Shiprock Historical Marker (5), Chaco Culture National Historic Park Historical Marker (6), Chaco Culture National Historical Park (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Gibson County, Tennessee , La Plata County, Colorado , Jefferson County, Missouri , Nowata County, Oklahoma , Roger Mills County, Oklahoma , Lincoln County, Kentucky , Livingston County, Kentucky , Woods County, Oklahoma .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

7.9%
New Mexico:

6.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 2,050
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 73.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,542 (19% naturalized citizens)

Rio Arriba County:

3.7%
Whole state:

8.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 553
  • 1990 to 1994: 260
  • 1985 to 1989: 187
  • 1980 to 1984: 139
  • 1975 to 1979: 118
  • 1970 to 1974: 106
  • 1970 to 1974: 101
  • 1965 to 1969: 78
Note: State values scaled to Rio Arriba County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 55.8%

Rio Arriba County marital status for males Rio Arriba County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 10,444
  • One, attached: 502
  • Two: 179
  • 3 or 4: 59
  • 5 to 9: 76
  • 10 to 19: 2
  • 20 or more: 59
  • Mobile homes: 6,601
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 94

Housing units in Rio Arriba County with a mortgage: 2,185 (215 second mortgage, 70 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,208

Here:

34.2% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Rio Arriba County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic21,30541
Evangelical Protestant2,96029
Other1,1146
Mainline Protestant7229
Orthodox51
None14,140-
Rio Arriba 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: 7
Rio Arriba County:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

0.32 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 21
Rio Arriba County:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 23
This county:

5.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Rio Arriba County:

5.9%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Rio Arriba County:

21.0%
State:

22.1%

Agriculture in Rio Arriba County:

Average size of farms: 1449 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $10,679
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 83.41%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $12,438
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $48,037
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.71%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.57
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.05%
Vegetables: 156 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 859 acres

Tornado activity:

Rio Arriba County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below New Mexico state average. It is 291966182.7 times below overall U.S. average.
On 5/10/1957, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Rio Arriba County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above New Mexico state average. It is 177% greater than the overall U.S. average.

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 575.3 miles away from Rio Arriba 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 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 113.0 miles away from the county center
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 563.1 miles away from the county center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 556.1 miles away from the county center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
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 137.6 miles away from Rio Arriba 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 109.7 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:

  • 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 Las Conchas Fire, Incident Period: June 26, 2011 to August 25, 2011, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 26, 2011, FEMA Id: 2933, 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 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 Borrego Fire, Incident Period: May 22, 2002 to June 10, 2002, Fire Management Assistance Declared: May 23, 2002, FEMA Id: 2408, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico New Mexico Wildfire, Incident Period: May 05, 2000 to June 09, 2000, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1329: May 13, 2000, FEMA Id: 1329, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico New Mexico Fire, Incident Period: May 05, 2000 to July 07, 2000, Emergency Declared EM-3154: May 10, 2000, FEMA Id: 3154, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • New Mexico Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 16, 1999 to August 07, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1301: September 22, 1999, FEMA Id: 1301, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New Mexico Severe Storms, Snowmelt, Flooding, Incident Period: June 23, 1979, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-589: June 23, 1979, FEMA Id: 589, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Snow
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Rio Arriba County (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Fires: 4, Snows: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Mudslide: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Public administration (13%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (7%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

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

  • Mexico (87%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • United Kingdom (1%)
  • Germany (1%)
  • Spain (1%)
  • Austria (1%)
  • Italy (1%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Rio Arriba County (%):

  • German (2%)
  • United States or American (2%)
  • English (2%)
  • Irish (1%)
  • Scottish (1%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)
  • Italian (0%)

Rio Arriba County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 11,350 (70%)
  • Carpooled: 3,263 (20%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 29 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 16 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 8 (0%)
  • Taxi: 3 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 13 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 13 (0%)
  • Walked: 589 (4%)
  • Other means: 208 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 747 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico in 2000:

  • 148 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 127 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 95 people in nursing homes
  • 41 people in religious group quarters
  • 23 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 17 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 14 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)

People in group quarters in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico in 2010:

  • 155 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 100 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 83 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 63 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 15 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 9 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $40,856.

4.87% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,246 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.87%
New Mexico average:

6.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.46% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($21,038 average AGI)
1.40% relocated from other states ($11,209 average AGI)
Rio Arriba County:

1.40%
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 Santa Fe County, NM  1.19% ($27,329 average AGI)
from San Juan County, NM  0.69% ($27,278)
from Bernalillo County, NM  0.69% ($25,474)
from Taos County, NM  0.21% ($25,467)
from Los Alamos County, NM  0.19% ($70,500)
from Sandoval County, NM  0.14% ($28,100)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.09% ($15,923)


5.20% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,104 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.20%
New Mexico average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.83% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($22,529 average AGI)
1.36% relocated to other states ($11,575 average AGI)
Rio Arriba County:

1.36%
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 Santa Fe County, NM  1.35% ($34,053 average AGI)
to Bernalillo County, NM  0.88% ($24,129)
to San Juan County, NM  0.49% ($27,623)
to Sandoval County, NM  0.35% ($42,740)
to Taos County, NM  0.23% ($21,094)
to Los Alamos County, NM  0.20% ($37,643)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.07% ($18,900)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.0

Births per 1000 population in Rio Arriba County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Rio Arriba County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Rio Arriba County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 24.9%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Rio Arriba County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Rio Arriba County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 6,462 (4,847 aged, 1,615 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 2,250 (21%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

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

  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (282)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (214)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (202)
  • Accidental poisoning by and exposure to narcotics and psychodysleptics [hallucinogens], not elsewhere classified (193)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (191)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (163)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (155)
  • Accidental poisoning by and exposure to other and unspecified drugs, medicaments and biological substances (137)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (124)
  • Alcoholic cirrhosis of liver (112)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 25%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.46
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6,065
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 197
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30,032

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,546
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 791
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 21
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 54

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 2

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 126.0. This is more than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 252.0. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 143.5
  • Suffocation - 73.5
  • Other - 35.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 39,821
  • In family households: 33,594 (6,503 male householders, 3,974 female householders)
    6,662 spouses, 11,889 children (11,040 natural, 324 adopted, 525 stepchildren), 1,610 grandchildren, 483 brothers or sisters, 452 parents, 543 other relatives, 1,256 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 6,227 (2,727 male householders (2,232 living alone)), 2,564 female householders (2,209 living alone)), 936 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 425 (238 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 4,272 2-persons, 2,471 3-persons, 2,042 4-persons, 1,086 5-persons, 369 6-persons, 237 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 4,441 1-person, 796 2-persons, 37 3-persons, 9 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

6,639 married couples with children.
3,660 single-parent households (1,196 men, 2,464 women).

34.1% of residents of Rio Arriba County speak English at home.
59.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (74% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (86% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (94% speak English very well, 6% speak English well).
5.5% of residents speak other language at home (85% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $316,435,000 ($7,773 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,616,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $88,366,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $37,872,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,900,000
Federal grants: $160,891,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,518,000 ($693,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $17,887,000 ($526,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,949,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,020,000
Federal Government insurance: $39,625,000

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

Births: 3,638
Here:

89 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,505
Here:

37 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +484
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -2,920
Here -72 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Rio Arriba County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.15 millions of gallons per day (70% from ground, 30% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 30
  • 2010 to 2013: 178
  • 2000 to 2009: 2,440
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,322
  • 1980 to 1989: 3,540
  • 1970 to 1979: 3,685
  • 1960 to 1969: 2,221
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,102
  • 1940 to 1949: 611
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,405
Note: State values scaled to Rio Arriba population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Rio Arriba County population
  • 1 room: 105
  • 2 rooms: 352
  • 3 rooms: 853
  • 4 rooms: 2,001
  • 5 rooms: 3,673
  • 6 rooms: 2,633
  • 7 rooms: 1,445
  • 8 rooms: 734
  • 9+ rooms: 500
  • 1 room: 73
  • 2 rooms: 198
  • 3 rooms: 417
  • 4 rooms: 695
  • 5 rooms: 777
  • 6 rooms: 314
  • 7 rooms: 168
  • 8 rooms: 76
  • 9+ rooms: 30
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Rio Arriba County population
  • no bedroom: 143
  • 1 bedroom: 1,006
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,237
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,217
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,461
  • 5+ bedrooms: 232
  • no bedroom: 104
  • 1 bedroom: 556
  • 2 bedrooms: 957
  • 3 bedrooms: 965
  • 4 bedrooms: 144
  • 5+ bedrooms: 22
Cars and other vehicles available in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Rio Arriba County population
  • no vehicle: 715
  • 1 vehicle: 3,307
  • 2 vehicles: 4,413
  • 3 vehicles: 2,630
  • 4 vehicles: 814
  • 5+ vehicles: 417
  • no vehicle: 316
  • 1 vehicle: 1,190
  • 2 vehicles: 956
  • 3 vehicles: 196
  • 4 vehicles: 50
  • 5+ vehicles: 40

72% of Rio Arriba County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 60% lived in New Mexico.

Rio Arriba County:

72.3%
State average:

55.7%

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

  • This state: 32,225
  • Northeast: 721
  • Midwest: 1,398
  • South: 1,678
  • West: 3,501

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $86,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 6%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Rio Arriba County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (55.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.2%)
  • Wood (14.7%)
  • Electricity (3.3%)
  • Other fuel (1.1%)
  • Solar energy (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (61.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (20.4%)
  • Wood (13.5%)
  • Electricity (3.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 548
Here:

9.4%
New Mexico:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 317
Here:

12.3%
New Mexico:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 284
Here:

15.8%
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)

Rio Arriba County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $6,930,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,995,000
    Regular Highways: $1,653,000
    Police Protection: $1,610,000
    Financial Administration: $1,483,000
    Fire Protection: $1,138,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $731,000
    Parks & Recreation: $291,000
    Corrections - Other: $65,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $17,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $216,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,331,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $4,887,000

Rio Arriba County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $663,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $2,724,000
    Highways: $182,000
    All Other: $37,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $401,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $232,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $3,694,000
    Highways: $736,000
    General Support: $6,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,499,000
    Total General Sales: $1,468,000
    NEC: $331,000
    Other Selective Sales: $30,000

Rio Arriba County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $4,265,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $3,960,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $305,000

Rio Arriba County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $8,518,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,613
  • Number of aged recipients: 230
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,383
  • Number of recipients under 18: 153
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 994
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 466
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 692
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 658
Rio Arriba County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Rio Arriba County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Rio Arriba County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Jose23575.3 years
Joe8670.0 years
Juan8477.4 years
Mary7573.1 years
Maria7080.9 years
Robert5164.2 years
John4966.1 years
Manuel4970.1 years
Frank4672.5 years
Antonio4577.4 years
Most common last names in Rio Arriba County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Martinez64169.6 years
Vigil21073.0 years
Trujillo19272.1 years
Montoya16172.9 years
Garcia14970.1 years
Salazar13469.7 years
Romero10672.2 years
Gallegos10472.9 years
Maestas10471.3 years
Sanchez9771.9 years
Businesses in Rio Arriba County, NM
NameCountNameCount
Best Western1True Value1
SONIC Drive-In1U-Haul1

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