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Tatum, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Town of Tatum is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Lea County at latitude 33.2554 and longitude -103.3108. Lea County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,999 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Tatum, but most people and references simply refer to it as Tatum, New Mexico.

The P1 Census Class Code for Tatum indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Tatum (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles.

Town of Tatum, NM Boundary Map


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Tatum, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 817
Population in Households 817
Population in Familes 677
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 516
Diversity Index2 70


Total Households 319
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 216
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 360 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 236 (65.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 83 (23.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 41 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $123,077
Average Home Value $156,250


Median Household Income $48,130
Average Household Income $69,346
Per Capita Income $27,279
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.56% 1.27%
Households 0.52% 1.1%
Families 0.11% 0.91%
Median Household Income   2.76%
Per Capita Income   2.72%
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.


Tatum, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tatum to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 174 61st
Population Density1 # 108 76th
Diversity Index2 # 146 67th
Median Household Income # 106 76th
Per Capita Income # 83 81st

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