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The Town of Dexter had a population of 1,254 as of July 1, 2016. Dexter ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Dexter is located at latitude 33.1948 and longitude -104.3689 in Chaves County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Dexter (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Chaves County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,465 feet.

The Town of Dexter (GNIS ID: 2412426) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Dexter is located within Dexter Division of Chaves County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Dexter population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Dexter, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,254
Population in Households 1,254
Population in Familes 1,109
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,691
Diversity Index2 79


Total Households 409
Average Household Size 3.07
Family Households 318
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 452 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 291 (64.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 118 (26.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 43 ( 9.5%)
Median Home Value $94,750
Average Home Value $115,120


Median Household Income $43,721
Average Household Income $49,965
Per Capita Income $16,701
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.15% -0.13%
Households -0.35% -0.25%
Families -0.64% -0.38%
Median Household Income   3.02%
Per Capita Income   1.21%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Dexter, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dexter to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 124 72nd
Population Density1 # 16 97th
Diversity Index2 # 43 91st
Median Household Income # 155 65th
Per Capita Income # 348 22nd

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