Torrance County, New Mexico (NM)

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County population in 2012: 16,021 (1% urban, 99% rural); it was 16,911 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,850
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,177
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,057
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,237 (it was 967 in 2000)
% of renters here:

16%
State:

31%

Land area: 3345 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 5 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Torrance County: 86.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (21.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (19.1%), Educational, health and social services (18.5%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (11.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 48%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 52%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Torrance County, New Mexico:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (56.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (39.1%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  41.0 years
New Mexico median age:  36.0 years
Males: 8,450  (53.0%)
Females: 7,933  (47.0%)
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Torrance County,NM real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Torrance County:

2.0 people
New Mexico:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $30,429 ($30,446 in 1999)

This county:

$30429
New Mexico:

$43872

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $506 (lower quartile is $354, upper quartile is $616)
This county:

$506
State:

$651


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $104,674 (it was $79,400 in 2000)
Torrance:

$104,674
New Mexico:

$159,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $63,743 - $157,622
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $909
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $313

Institutionalized population: 609

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

Torrance County, NM map from a distance

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $720 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $502 (0.5%)

Torrance County household income distribution in 2009 Torrance County home values distribution Torrance County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 28.6%
(22.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 45.1% for Black residents, 34.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 52.8% for American Indian residents, 30.8% for other race residents, 64.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 30.7%
Torrance County:

30.7%
New Mexico:

21.9%
(24.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 42.0% for Black residents, 36.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 59.7% for American Indian residents, 32.1% for other race residents, 62.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 42 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 45 years old, Asian residents: 45 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 32 years old, Other race residents: 36 years old)

Area name: Albuquerque, NM MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Torrance County is $571 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $721 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1050 a month.

Cities in this county include: Moriarty, Estancia, McIntosh, Mountainair, Indian Hills, Willard, Tajique, Manzano Springs, Encino, Manzano.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Torrance County: L Williams Ranch (A), LK Markel Ranch (B), Lamb Homestead (C), Lammon Ranch (D), Langley Ranch (E), Osborne Ranch (F), Old Price Ranch (G), Piños Well (H), Eastview School (I), Longhorn Ranch (J), Piggott Ranch (K), Lyod Ranch (L), Pino de la Virgen (M), Maxey Ranch (N), McKenzie Ranch (O), Meadows Ranch (P), Prueitt Ranch (Q), Mendonca Ranch (R), Milbourn Ranch (S), Moe Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Torrance County include: Frontier Church (A), Cedar Grove Church (B), La Cienega Mission (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Round Top Cemetery (1), Garland Cemetery (2), Cedarvale Cemetery (3), Estancia Cemetery (4), Mountainair Cemetery (5), Willard Cemetery (6), Pinos Wells Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Telephone Lake (A), Wyatt Lake (B), Bog Hole (C), Fain Lake (D), Espinosa Lake (E), Santa Barbara Lake (F), Cedar Lake (G), Wire Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Arroyo Chinchonte (A), Arroyo Miga (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Torrance County include: Red Canyon Picnic Grounds (1), Ranger Station Picnic Ground (2), Laguna Del Perro Historical Marker (3), Lake Estancia Historical Marker (4), Salinas National Monument Historical Marker (5), Gran Quivira Ruins National Monument Historical Marker (6), Edge of the Plains Historical Marker (7), Manzano State Park (8), Greggs Trail Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Bernalillo County , Guadalupe County , Lincoln County , San Miguel County , Santa Fe County , Socorro County , Valencia County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.5%
New Mexico:

7.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 569
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 715 (37% naturalized citizens)

Torrance County:

4.2%
Whole state:

8.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 161
  • 1990 to 1994: 125
  • 1985 to 1989: 89
  • 1980 to 1984: 112
  • 1975 to 1979: 53
  • 1970 to 1974: 47
  • 1970 to 1974: 52
  • 1965 to 1969: 76

Mean travel time to work (commute): 36.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 51.3%

Torrance County marital status for males Torrance County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Torrance County with a mortgage: 1,034 (75 second mortgage, 80 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 595

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Torrance County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic4,05512
Evangelical Protestant2,30120
Other4613
Mainline Protestant4283
None9,138-
Torrance 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
Torrance County:

4.23 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Torrance County:

4.84 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
This county:

7.26 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Torrance County:

5.1%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Torrance County:

21.3%
State:

22.1%

Agriculture in Torrance County:

Average size of farms: 3681 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $78,920
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $546.13
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 73.89%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $79,841
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.03%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 93.41%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $56,126
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.29%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.88
Corn for grain: 456 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 108 acres

Earthquake activity:

Torrance County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below New Mexico state average. It is 119% greater than the overall U.S. average.

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 54.0 miles away from Torrance 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 601.4 miles away from the 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 164.4 miles away from the county center
On 11/8/1990 at 10:46:53, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MD, Depth: 3.8 mi) earthquake occurred 53.2 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 593.6 miles away from Torrance County center
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 565.8 miles away from the county center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Torrance County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

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 (69%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • Colombia (4%)
  • Japan (4%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • United Kingdom (3%)
  • Philippines (2%)

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

  • United States or American (12%)
  • German (10%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • English (8%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Italian (2%)

Torrance County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,648 (70%)
  • Carpooled: 1,351 (20%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 17 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 19 (0%)
  • Walked: 243 (4%)
  • Other means: 39 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 332 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

524 people in other types of correctional institutions
609 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
6 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $35,862.

7.91% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($25,465 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.91%
New Mexico average:

6.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.91% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($15,728 average AGI)
2.99% relocated from other states ($9,736 average AGI)
Torrance County:

2.99%
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 Bernalillo County, NM  2.91% ($22,660 average AGI)
from Santa Fe County, NM  0.95% ($32,109)


8.44% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,387 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.44%
New Mexico average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.44% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($17,085 average AGI)
3.00% relocated to other states ($9,304 average AGI)
Torrance County:

3.00%
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  3.18% ($27,768 average AGI)
to Santa Fe County, NM  0.62% ($32,600)
to Valencia County, NM  0.33% ($22,438)
to Dona Ana County, NM  0.27% ($22,923)
to Sandoval County, NM  0.27% ($24,308)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9

Births per 1000 population in Torrance County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 7.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 8.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Torrance County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Torrance County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,911 (1,507 aged, 404 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 26%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 23%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1022.800
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 708.530
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.71

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 12.96
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 34.28

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 195.4. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 15,768

Size of family households: 1,889 2-persons, 893 3-persons, 699 4-persons, 415 5-persons, 182 6-persons, 114 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,728 1-person, 312 2-persons, 21 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

3,361 married couples with children.
1,227 single-parent households (360 men, 867 women).

73.8% of residents of Torrance County speak English at home.
25.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (74% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (86% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (73% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (47% speak English very well, 44% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $79,922,000 ($4739 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,382,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $36,319,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $10,475,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $999,000
Federal grants: $27,871,000
Federal procurement contracts: $714,000 ($56,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,543,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $786,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,659,000
Federal Government insurance: $8,640,000

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

Births: 947
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

74 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 619
Here:

35 per 1000 residents
State:

36 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +98
Here:

+6 per 1000 residents
State:

+15 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +182
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Torrance County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.84 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 171
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,112
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,078
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,322
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,158
  • 1960 to 1969: 589
  • 1950 to 1959: 447
  • 1940 to 1949: 86
  • 1939 or earlier: 783
Rooms in houses/apartments in Torrance County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 57
  • 2 rooms: 104
  • 3 rooms: 301
  • 4 rooms: 691
  • 5 rooms: 1,569
  • 6 rooms: 1,066
  • 7 rooms: 632
  • 8 rooms: 387
  • 9+ rooms: 250
  • 1 room: 44
  • 2 rooms: 63
  • 3 rooms: 114
  • 4 rooms: 176
  • 5 rooms: 274
  • 6 rooms: 161
  • 7 rooms: 67
  • 8 rooms: 31
  • 9+ rooms: 37
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Torrance County, New Mexico
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 67
  • 1 bedroom: 237
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,171
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,795
  • 4 bedrooms: 679
  • 5+ bedrooms: 108
  • no bedroom: 52
  • 1 bedroom: 160
  • 2 bedrooms: 286
  • 3 bedrooms: 384
  • 4 bedrooms: 76
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
Cars and other vehicles available in Torrance County, New Mexico in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 186
  • 1 vehicle: 1,453
  • 2 vehicles: 2,108
  • 3 vehicles: 905
  • 4 vehicles: 256
  • 5+ vehicles: 149
  • no vehicle: 136
  • 1 vehicle: 466
  • 2 vehicles: 253
  • 3 vehicles: 95
  • 4 vehicles: 15
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

54% of Torrance County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 24% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 58% lived in New Mexico.

Torrance County:

53.9%
State average:

55.7%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $51,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Torrance County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (41.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (41.0%)
  • Wood (10.4%)
  • Electricity (3.9%)
  • Other fuel (1.4%)
  • Solar energy (0.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (58.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (29.7%)
  • Wood (6.9%)
  • Electricity (4.0%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 148
Here:

6.0%
New Mexico:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 70
Here:

6.0%
New Mexico:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 49
Here:

10.2%
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)

Torrance County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,224,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,013,000
    General - Other: $882,000
    Corrections - Other: $817,000
    Police Protection: $746,000
    Financial Administration: $368,000
    Fire Protection: $244,000
    Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $210,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $7,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $263,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,962,000

Torrance County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $179,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $626,000
    General Support: $359,000
    Highways: $71,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,011,000
    Interest Earnings: $250,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $810,000
    Highways: $422,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,371,000
    Total General Sales: $274,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $206,000
    NEC: $31,000

Torrance County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $115,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $60,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $55,000

Torrance County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,376,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Torrance 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 Torrance County, NM among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William5275.5 years
John4476.0 years
James3473.5 years
Mary3481.0 years
Robert3060.4 years
George2076.5 years
Charles1973.3 years
Helen1981.9 years
Frank1875.4 years
Joe1771.6 years
Most common last names in Torrance County, NM among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Chavez6377.9 years
Garcia2373.0 years
Zamora1871.8 years
Sanchez1774.9 years
Lopez1660.5 years
Smith1673.6 years
Montoya1373.8 years
Davis1378.2 years
Romero1365.3 years
Gonzales1271.4 years
Businesses in Torrance County, NM
NameCountNameCount
Alco Stores1H&R Block1
Arby's1KFC1
Best Western1McDonald's1
Burger King1Motel 61
Chevrolet1RadioShack1
Circle K1Super 81
Comfort Inn1Taco Bell1
FedEx1UPS1

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