Luna County, NM

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2022 Population
25,393
0.439% 1-year growth
US Senator
Martin Heinrich
Democratic Party
US Senator
Ben Ray Luján
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
36.5
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
23.3%
11.4% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$38,241
12.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$100,900
13.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Luna County, NM had a population of 25.4k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $38,241. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Luna County, NM grew from 25,282 to 25,393, a 0.439% increase and its median household income grew from $33,914 to $38,241, a 12.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Luna County, NM are White (Hispanic) (40.4%), White (Non-Hispanic) (26.9%), Two+ (Hispanic) (20.3%), Other (Hispanic) (7.14%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.35%).

None of the households in Luna 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.

89.7% of the residents in Luna County, NM are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Luna County, NM was $100,900, and the homeownership rate was 66.6%.

Most people in Luna County, NM drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Luna County, NM was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Macho Springs Wind Farm, New Mexico 28 turbines (50 MW) on the Deming Plain near Nutt, Luna Co., NM. Mimbres Mountains in background.

Population & Diversity

Luna County, NM is home to a population of 25.4k people, from which 89.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 15.7% of Luna County, NM residents were born outside of the country (3.99k people).

In 2022, there were 1.5 times more White (Hispanic) residents (10.3k people) in Luna County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.82k White (Non-Hispanic) and 5.15k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

89.7%
2022 Citizenship
88.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 89.7% of Luna County, NM residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Luna County, NM was 88.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Luna County, NM
  1. White (Hispanic)
    10.3k ± 1.14k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    6.82k ± 16
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    5.15k ± 1.11k
68.8%
Hispanic Population
17.5k people

In 2022, there were 1.5 times more White (Hispanic) residents (10.3k people) in Luna County, NM than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.82k White (Non-Hispanic) and 5.15k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

68.8% of the people in Luna County, NM are hispanic (17.5k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

15.7%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.99k people
17%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
4.3k people

As of 2022, 15.7% of Luna County, NM residents (3.99k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Luna County, NM was 17%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    758 ± 163
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    188 ± 96
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    105 ± 64

Luna County, NM has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.03 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Luna County, NM employs 8.3k people. The largest industries in Luna County, NM are Educational Services (1,138 people), Retail Trade (1,032 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (948 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($70,679), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,156), and Transportation & Warehousing ($55,926).

Occupations

8.3k
2022 Value
± 847
3.44%
1 Year growth
± 13.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Luna County, NM grew at a rate of 3.44%, from 8.02k employees to 8.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Luna County, NM, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,051 people), Material Moving Occupations (805 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (631 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Luna County, NM.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

8.3k
2022 Value
± 847
3.44%
1 Year growth
± 13.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Luna County, NM grew at a rate of 3.44%, from 8.02k employees to 8.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Luna County, NM, are Educational Services (1,138 people), Retail Trade (1,032 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (948 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Luna County, NM, though some of these residents may live in Luna 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

$39,519
Median earning men ± $9,657
$20,412
Median earning women ± $2,951

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($74,490), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($70,352), and Construction ($54,107).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($43,684), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($40,564), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($34,518).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.72%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 860k people employed in New Mexico. This represents a 2.72% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

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. 145
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 101
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 82
    Arts, Entertainment & Recreation and Accommodation & Food Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Luna County, NM went to Donald J. Trump with 54.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.901%).

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.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.05% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.86% 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 2022 were High School or Equivalent (454k), Some college (398k), and Secondary Education (257k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Luna County, NM was $100,900 in 2022, which is 0.358 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $88,800 to $100,900, a 13.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Luna County, NM is 66.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Luna County, NM have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Luna County, NM is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Luna County, NM is $38,241. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Luna County, NM was Census Tract 2 with a value of $44,392, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $42,036 and $36,201.

Property

$100,900
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,429
$5,962
Median Property Taxes
±$548

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 Luna County, NM the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.6%
Homeownership
2022
71.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.6% of the housing units in Luna County, NM were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63%.

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Income by Location

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

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Luna County, NM was Census Tract 2 with a value of $44,392, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $42,036 and $36,201.

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

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Household Income

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$38,241
Median Household Income
± $5,121
8.95k
Number of Households
± 815

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.95k households in Luna County, NM grew to $38,241 from the previous year's value of $33,914.

The following chart displays the households in Luna 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 Luna County, NM is from New Mexico.
0.462
2022 Wage GINI in New Mexico
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in New Mexico

In 2022, the income inequality in New Mexico was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.44% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.4%)
  2. Carpooled (17.1%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.56%)

In 2022, 73.4% of workers in Luna County, NM drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (17.1%) and those who worked at home (6.56%).

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

21.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Luna County, NM have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 4.39% of the workforce in Luna 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 Luna County, NM distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Luna County, NM have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

23.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Luna County, NM (5.82k out of 25k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females < 5, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Luna County, NM is Hispanic, followed by White and Two Or More.

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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Health

91.3% of the population of Luna County, NM has health coverage, with 22.6% on employee plans, 45.2% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 2.49% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Luna County, NM see 2964 patients per year on average, which represents a 11.3% increase from the previous year (2663 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2656 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 569 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.5% were men and 48.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,964 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Luna County, NM

Primary care physicians in Luna County, NM see an average of 2,964 patients per year. This represents a 11.3% increase from the previous year (2,663 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 28.7% under 18 years, 19.3% between 18 and 34 years, 31.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.5% were men and 48.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.74%
Uninsured
22.6%
Employer Coverage
45.2%
Medicaid
11%
Medicare
10%
Non-Group
2.49%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Luna County, NM declined by 4.15% from 9.12% to 8.74%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 64 in Luna County, NM.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, 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 35.5% in Luna County, NM.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 14.2% in Luna County, NM.

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