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Portales, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Portales had a population of 12,901 as of July 1, 2019. Portales 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 Portales is located at latitude 34.1862 and longitude -103.3344 in Roosevelt County. The formal boundaries for the City of Portales encompass a land area of 7.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Roosevelt County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,006 feet.

The City of Portales (GNIS ID: 2411469) 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 Portales is located within Portales Division of Roosevelt County.


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

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Portales, NM Housing Affordability Index is 142
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

Portales, NM Wealth Index is 34
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 12,901 (100%)
Population in Households 11,892 (92.2%)
Population in Families 8,895 (68.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,009 ( 7.8%)
Population Density 1,630
Diversity Index2 74
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $30,510
Average Household Income $45,382
Per Capita Income $17,518
Wealth Index4 34

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 5,263 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,281 (43.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,468 (46.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 514 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $114,196
Housing Affordability Index3 142
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 4,749
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 2,751
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 0.48% -0.29%
Households 0.47% -0.34%
Families 0.16% -0.63%
Median Household Income   0.88%
Per Capita Income   1.05%

Portales, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Portales 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 # 18 96th
Population Density # 18 96th
Diversity Index # 96 78th
Median Household Income # 351 21st
Per Capita Income # 319 28th

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