Sierra County, NM

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2020 Population
10,988
0.39% 1-year decline
US Senator
Martin Heinrich
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ben Ray Luján
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
55.9
0.359% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
23.9%
10.4% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$33,873
13.8% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$120,100
2.3% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Sierra County, NM had a population of 11k people with a median age of 55.9 and a median household income of $33,873. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Sierra County, NM declined from 11,031 to 10,988, a −0.39% decrease and its median household income grew from $29,755 to $33,873, a 13.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Sierra County, NM are White (Non-Hispanic) (62.5%), White (Hispanic) (23.7%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.63%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.69%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.34%).

None of the households in Sierra County, NM reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.5% of the residents in Sierra County, NM are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Sierra County, NM was $120,100, and the homeownership rate was 73.3%.

Most people in Sierra County, NM drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Sierra County, NM was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Sierra County, NM is home to a population of 11k people, from which 97.5% are citizens. As of 2020, 4.28% of Sierra County, NM residents were born outside of the country (470 people).

In 2020, there were 2.64 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.87k people) in Sierra County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.6k White (Hispanic) and 399 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.5%
2020 Citizenship
97.1%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.5% of Sierra County, NM residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Sierra County, NM was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Sierra County, NM
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    6.87k ± 186
  2. White (Hispanic)
    2.6k ± 316
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    399 ± 291
31.1%
Hispanic Population
3.42k people

In 2020, there were 2.64 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (6.87k people) in Sierra County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.6k White (Hispanic) and 399 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

31.1% of the people in Sierra County, NM are hispanic (3.42k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Sierra County, NM as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.28%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
470 people
4.53%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
500 people

As of 2020, 4.28% of Sierra County, NM residents (470 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sierra County, NM was 4.53%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    796 ± 169
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    150 ± 88
  3. Korea
    124 ± 81

Sierra County, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 5.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Sierra County, NM employs 3.52k people. The largest industries in Sierra County, NM are Health Care & Social Assistance (737 people), Educational Services (613 people), and Retail Trade (452 people), and the highest paying industries are Accommodation & Food Services ($70,219), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services ($43,393), and Public Administration ($38,194).

Occupations

3.52k
2020 Value
± 475
2.81%
1 Year growth
± 17.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Sierra County, NM grew at a rate of 2.81%, from 3.42k employees to 3.52k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sierra County, NM, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (508 people), Management Occupations (485 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (383 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sierra County, NM.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.52k
2020 Value
± 475
2.81%
1 Year growth
± 17.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Sierra County, NM grew at a rate of 2.81%, from 3.42k employees to 3.52k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sierra County, NM, are Health Care & Social Assistance (737 people), Educational Services (613 people), and Retail Trade (452 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sierra County, NM, though some of these residents may live in Sierra County, NM and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$23,821
Median earning men ± $4,549
$30,221
Median earning women ± $8,785

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Manufacturing ($80,938), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, & Accommodations & Food Services ($70,009), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,580).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($44,375), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($41,953), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($35,466).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in New Mexico. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in New Mexico.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 61
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services
  2. 58
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 51
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from New Mexico to other states, or from other states to New Mexico.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $14.6B
  2. $8.89B
  3. $8.24B

In 2020, the top outbound New Mexico product (by dollars) was Electronics with $14.6B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($8.89B) and Crude petroleum ($8.24B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound New Mexico products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$68.4B
2020 Value in New Mexico
$117B
Projected 2050 Value in New Mexico
71.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound New Mexico trade was $68.4B. This is expected to increase 71.8% to $117B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound New Mexico trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from New Mexico to other states, or from other states to New Mexico.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $19.7B
  2. $5.99B
  3. $3.03B

In 2020, the top outbound New Mexico domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $19.7B, followed by Arizona with $5.99B and Louisiana and $3.03B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that New Mexico shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Sierra County, NM went to Donald J. Trump with 59.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (38.1%), followed by Other (1.21%).

Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are the senators currently representing the state of New Mexico. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New Mexico is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from New Mexico

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Martin Heinrich
Senator from New Mexico1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ben Ray Luján
Senator from New Mexico2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján are the senators currently representing New Mexico.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from New Mexico

New Mexico is currently represented by 3 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for New Mexico have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.928% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.791% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (443k), Some college (406k), and Secondary Education (260k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Sierra County, NM was $120,100 in 2020, which is 0.523 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $117,400 to $120,100, a 2.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Sierra County, NM is 73.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Sierra County, NM have an average commute time of 15.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Sierra County, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Sierra County, NM is $33,873. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Sierra County, NM was Census Tract 9624.01 with a value of $44,500, followed by Census Tract 9624.02 and Census Tract 9623, with respective values of $44,413 and $35,625.

Property

$120,100
Median Property Value 2020
±$11,766
$3,960
Median Property Taxes
±$433

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sierra County, NM the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.3%
Homeownership
2020
68%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 73.3% of the housing units in Sierra County, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9624.01
  2. Census Tract 9624.02
  3. Census Tract 9623

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sierra County, NM was Census Tract 9624.01 with a value of $44,500, followed by Census Tract 9624.02 and Census Tract 9623, with respective values of $44,413 and $35,625.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sierra County, NM colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$33,873
Median Household Income
± $5,975
5.4k
Number of Households
± 536

In 2020, the median household income of the 5.4k households in Sierra County, NM grew to $33,873 from the previous year's value of $29,755.

The following chart displays the households in Sierra County, NM distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sierra County, NM is from New Mexico.
0.461
2020 Wage GINI in New Mexico
0.462
2019 Wage GINI in New Mexico

In 2020, the income inequality in New Mexico was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.2% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for New Mexico was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in New Mexico in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (76%)
  2. Worked At Home (6.73%)
  3. Carpooled (5.61%)

In 2020, 76% of workers in Sierra County, NM drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (6.73%) and those who carpooled to work (5.61%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

15.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sierra County, NM have a shorter commute time (15.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.86% of the workforce in Sierra County, NM have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sierra County, NM distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sierra County, NM have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

23.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sierra County, NM (2.54k out of 10.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 65 - 74.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sierra County, NM is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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95.6% of the population of Sierra County, NM has health coverage, with 20.2% on employee plans, 32.5% on Medicaid, 21.4% on Medicare, 19.1% on non-group plans, and 2.3% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in New Mexico was $7,214 in 2014. This is a 5.16% increase from the previous year ($6,860).

Primary care physicians in Sierra County, NM see 2194 patients per year on average, which represents a 21.1% decrease from the previous year (2779 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1349 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 469 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.5% were men and 49.5% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in New Mexico, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,194 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Sierra County, NM

Primary care physicians in Sierra County, NM see an average of 2,194 patients per year. This represents a 21.1% decrease from the previous year (2,779 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Sierra County, NM in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of New Mexico across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 16.7% under 18 years, 10.4% between 18 and 34 years, 37.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 35.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.5% were men and 49.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

4.42%
Uninsured
20.2%
Employer Coverage
32.5%
Medicaid
21.4%
Medicare
19.1%
Non-Group
2.3%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sierra County, NM declined by 16.5% from 5.29% to 4.42%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

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In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 29% in Sierra County, NM.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.5% in Sierra County, NM.

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