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Tucumcari, New Mexico - Basic Facts

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The City of Tucumcari had a population of 4,997 as of July 1, 2017. Tucumcari 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 Tucumcari is located at latitude 35.1702 and longitude -103.7039 in Quay County. The formal boundaries for the City of Tucumcari (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.49 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Quay County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,091 feet.

The City of Tucumcari (GNIS ID: 2412105) 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 Tucumcari is located within Tucumcari Division of Quay County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Tucumcari 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 Tucumcari: Douglas, Rag Town, Six Gun Siding, Six Shooter Siding.

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


Total Population 4,997
Daytime Population: Workers 1,803
Daytime Population: Residents 3,444
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,247
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.05
Population in Households 4,975
Population in Familes 3,699
Population in Group Qrtrs 22
Population Density2 527
Diversity Index3 68


Median Household Income $28,360
Average Household Income $43,680
Per Capita Income $19,706


Total Housing Units 2,960 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,377 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 870 (29.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 713 (24.1%)
Median Home Value $61,359
Average Home Value $91,564


Total Households 2,247
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 1,267
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 -0.97% -1.07%
Households -0.96% -1.06%
Families -1.25% -1.3%
Median Household Income   0.99%
Per Capita Income   2.62%

Tucumcari, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tucumcari 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 # 48 89th
Population Density # 100 78th
Diversity Index # 194 56th
Median Household Income # 385 13th
Per Capita Income # 273 39th

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