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Lake Arthur, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Town of Lake Arthur had a population of 482 as of July 1, 2020. Lake Arthur 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 Lake Arthur is located at latitude 32.9982 and longitude -104.3666 in Chaves County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Lake Arthur encompass a land area of 0.55 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chaves County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,379 feet.

The Town of Lake Arthur (GNIS ID: 2412862) 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 Lake Arthur is located within Hagerman Division of Chaves County.


Lake Arthur, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 482 (100%)
Population in Households 482 (100.0%)
Population in Families 413 (85.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 906
Diversity Index2 80


Median Household Income $50,956
Average Household Income $63,922
% of Income for Mortgage4 7%
Per Capita Income $21,338
Wealth Index5 61


Total HU (Housing Units) 182 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 125 (68.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 39 (21.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 19 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $85,714
Average Home Value $112,500
Housing Affordability Index3 350


Total Households 163
Average Household Size 2.96
Family Households 119
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.42% 0.45%
Households 1.42% 0.49%
Families 1.42% 0.33%
Median Household Income   0.96%
Per Capita Income   1.95%
Owner Occupied HU   0.48%


Lake Arthur, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lake Arthur to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 217 51st
Population Density # 52 88th
Median Household Income # 110 75th
Housing Affordability Index # 443 100th
Per Capita Income # 231 48th
Diversity Index # 39 91st

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