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Chama, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The Village of Chama had a population of 1,000 as of July 1, 2019. Chama ranks in the upper 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 Chama is located at latitude 36.9031 and longitude -106.5795 in Rio Arriba County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Chama encompass a land area of 2.67 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Rio Arriba County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 7,871 feet.

The Village of Chama (GNIS ID: 2413539) 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 Village of Chama is located within Tierra Amarilla Division of Rio Arriba County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chama: Chama Crossing.

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Chama, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Chama, NM Housing Affordability Index is 162
State of New Mexico Housing Affordability Index is 127
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Chama, NM Wealth Index is 38
State of New Mexico Wealth Index is 71
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 1,000 (100%)
Population in Households 989 (98.9%)
Population in Families 742 (74.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 11 ( 1.1%)
Population Density 375
Diversity Index2 78
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $38,201
Average Household Income $46,050
Per Capita Income $20,323
Wealth Index4 38

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 597 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 313 (52.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 136 (22.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 148 (24.8%)
Median Home Value $130,941
Housing Affordability Index3 162
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 449
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 254
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.23% -0.42%
Households -0.12% -0.36%
Families -0.62% -0.64%
Median Household Income   0.91%
Per Capita Income   1.41%

Chama, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chama to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 151 66th
Population Density # 150 66th
Diversity Index # 54 88th
Median Household Income # 226 49th
Per Capita Income # 237 47th

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