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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. 2012 cost of living index in Torrance County: 87.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (21.0%), Retail trade (16.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Torrance County, New Mexico:


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 2009: $38,380 ($30,446 in 1999)
This county:

$38380
New Mexico:

$43028

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $468 (lower quartile is $326, upper quartile is $698)
This county:

$468
State:

$585


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $97,609 (it was $79,400 in 2000)
Torrance County:

$97,609
New Mexico:

$160,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $58,485 - $155,962

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $220,552
Here:

$220,552
State:

$226,412

Mobile homes: $113,312
Here:

$113,312
State:

$56,348

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $53,032
Here:

$53,032
State:

$42,007
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,061
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $238

Institutionalized population: 609

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


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $554 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $301 (0.4%)


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 2009: 19.4%
(12.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.3% for Black residents, 32.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 2.5% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.1% for other race residents, 69.9% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 35 years old, Asian residents: 44 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 32 years old, Other race residents: 33 years old)

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

19.0%
Whole state:

18.4%

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

7.7%
Whole state:

7.8%

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.

Local government website: WWW.TORRANCECOUNTY.ORG

Click to draw/clear Torrance County borders

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 .

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


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:

63.5% with mortgage
State:

63.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 78.21%
Here78.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 13,226
Total congregations: 32

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents9,942 (75.2%)2,078 (15.7%)452 (3.4%)354 (2.7%)400 (3.0%)
Congregations12 (37.5%)6 (18.8%)3 (9.4%)4 (12.5%)7 (21.9%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Torrance County - Moriarty, Estancia, McIntosh, Mountainair, Indian Hills

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
This county:

4.23 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

1.44 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

4.84 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

4.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Torrance County:

7.26 / 10,000 pop.
New Mexico:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

5.1%
New Mexico:

6.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

21.3%
New Mexico:

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 significantly above New Mexico state average. It is 51% smaller 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 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 1/4/1998 at 08:05:31, a magnitude 4.0 (3.6 MB, 4.0 ML, 3.8 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 18.1 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1990 at 01:08:19, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 53.5 miles away from Torrance County center
On 7/22/1990 at 21:27:05, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 5.1 miles away from the county center
On 2/27/1990 at 13:23:22, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 65.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Health care (13%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)

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




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





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 2005 was $34,365.

10.58% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,195 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.58%
New Mexico average:

7.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
7.01% relocated from other counties in New Mexico ($20,180 average AGI)
3.56% relocated from other states ($10,015 average AGI)
Torrance County:

3.56%
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 Bernalillo County, NM  4.06% ($29,917 average AGI)
from Santa Fe County, NM  1.19% ($34,736)
from Valencia County, NM  0.38% ($37,176)
from Sandoval County, NM  0.25% ($31,364)


10.03% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,204 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.03%
New Mexico average:

7.42%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
7.06% relocated to other counties in New Mexico ($19,002 average AGI)
2.98% relocated to other states ($10,202 average AGI)
Torrance County:

2.98%
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 Bernalillo County, NM  4.24% ($24,846 average AGI)
to Santa Fe County, NM  0.83% ($32,135)
to Valencia County, NM  0.43% ($28,474)
to Sandoval County, NM  0.27% ($27,250)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Torrance County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Torrance County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Torrance County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Torrance County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Torrance 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 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
Arby's1McDonald's1
Best Western1Motel 61
Burger King1RadioShack1
Comfort Inn1Super 81
FedEx1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1UPS1
KFC1
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