Thoreau, NM Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Thoreau, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Thoreau Census Designated Place had a population of 1,848 as of July 1, 2015. Thoreau ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Thoreau is located at latitude 35.4219 and longitude -108.2261 in McKinley County. The formal boundaries for the Thoreau Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. McKinley County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 7,142 feet.

The Thoreau Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2410078) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Thoreau population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Thoreau: Dloi Yazhi, Dlo'oyazhi, Mitchell.

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Thoreau, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 1,848
Population in Households 1,848
Population in Familes 1,628
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 116
Diversity Index2 45


Total Households 542
Average Household Size 3.41
Family Households 410
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 656 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 359 (54.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 183 (27.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 114 (17.4%)
Median Home Value $130,233
Average Home Value $161,522


Median Household Income $28,685
Average Household Income $47,015
Per Capita Income $13,605
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.17% 0.09%
Households 0.07% 0.04%
Families 0.09% -0.1%
Median Household Income   1.69%
Per Capita Income   2.59%
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.

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Thoreau, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Thoreau to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 89 80th
Population Density1 # 275 38th
Diversity Index2 # 368 17th
Median Household Income # 377 15th
Per Capita Income # 386 13th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE New Mexico Census Data Comparison Tool.