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Tatum, New Mexico - Basic Facts

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The Town of Tatum had a population of 881 as of July 1, 2017. Tatum ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Tatum is located at latitude 33.2554 and longitude -103.3108 in Lea County. 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. Lea County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,999 feet.

The Town of Tatum (GNIS ID: 2413367) 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 Tatum is located within Tatum Division of Lea County.

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

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


Total Population 881
Daytime Population: Workers 335
Daytime Population: Residents 615
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 950
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.08
Population in Households 881
Population in Familes 728
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 556
Diversity Index3 72


Median Household Income $44,764
Average Household Income $57,495
Per Capita Income $22,518


Total Housing Units 386 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 251 (65.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 90 (23.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 45 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $62,048
Average Home Value $73,800


Total Households 341
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 229
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% 1.15%
Households 1.23% 1.15%
Families 0.87% 0.94%
Median Household Income   1.6%
Per Capita Income   2.72%

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, 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 # 161 64th
Population Density # 92 79th
Diversity Index # 125 72nd
Median Household Income # 141 68th
Per Capita Income # 191 57th

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