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Jal, New Mexico - Basic Facts

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The City of Jal had a population of 2,259 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Jal is located at latitude 32.1155 and longitude -103.1892 in Lea County. The formal boundaries for the City of Jal (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lea County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,071 feet.

The City of Jal (GNIS ID: 2410131) 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 City of Jal is located within Jal Division of Lea County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Jal population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Jal: Muleshoe.

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Jal, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,259
Daytime Population: Workers 514
Daytime Population: Residents 1,600
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,114
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 2,259
Population in Familes 1,954
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 493
Diversity Index3 66


Median Household Income $47,528
Average Household Income $63,040
Per Capita Income $24,278


Total Housing Units 1,087 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 666 (61.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 195 (17.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 226 (20.8%)
Median Home Value $66,065
Average Home Value $87,669


Total Households 861
Average Household Size 2.62
Family Households 629
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.37% 1.17%
Households 1.23% 1.09%
Families 0.96% 0.97%
Median Household Income   2.32%
Per Capita Income   2.68%

Jal, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Jal to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 82 82nd
Population Density # 114 74th
Diversity Index # 216 51st
Median Household Income # 117 74th
Per Capita Income # 142 68th

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