Portales, New Mexico

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Portales is a city located in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 11,131. It is the county seat of Roosevelt CountyTemplate:GR and is also the home of Eastern New Mexico University. It is located near the slight larger city of Clovis as well as Cannon Air Force Base. The Air Force base is a major contributor to the economy of the region.

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City

The city's downtown area is centered around a traditional square, descending from Spanish urban design, with a county courthouse and various commercial venues. The university, Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), forms a sizable district with its campus and surrounding residents catering to students.

Geography

Location of Portales, New Mexico

Portales is located at 34°10'56" North, 103°20'19" West (34.182184, -103.338737)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.7 km² (6.8 mi²). 17.7 km² (6.8 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

History

The town takes its name (Spanish for "gates"), from a nearby rock formation thought by the first Western visitors to resemble gates or porches.

Economy

The town and surrounding communities are heavily dependent on agriculture, including cattle ranching, peanuts, and grain, as well as the service industry.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 11,131 people, 4,188 households, and 2,659 families residing in the city. The population density is 627.4/km² (1,624.9/mi²). There are 4,862 housing units at an average density of 274.0/km² (709.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 68.80% White, 2.28% African American, 1.12% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 23.39% from other races, and 3.35% from two or more races. 38.13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 4,188 households out of which 33.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% are married couples living together, 14.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% are non-families. 27.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.49 and the average family size is 3.09.

In the city the population is spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 20.1% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 27 years. For every 100 females there are 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $24,658, and the median income for a family is $30,462. Males have a median income of $27,080 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the city is $12,935. 24.9% of the population and 18.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 25.5% of those under the age of 18 and 17.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Regions of New Mexico Flag of New Mexico
Llano Estacado | Sangre de Christo Mountains
Largest cities
Albuquerque | Las Cruces | Santa Fe
Farmington | Roswell | Clovis | Alamogordo | Los Lunas | Hobbs | Carlsbad | Espanola | Gallup | Las Vegas | Deming | Belen | Taos | Silver City | Portales | Artesia | Los Alamos | Grants
Counties
Bernalillo | Catron | Chaves | Cibola | Colfax | Curry | De Baca | Doņa Ana | Eddy | Grant | Guadalupe | Harding | Hidalgo | Lea | Lincoln | Los Alamos | Luna | McKinley | Mora | Otero | Quay | Rio Arriba | Roosevelt | San Juan | San Miguel | Sandoval | Santa Fe | Sierra | Socorro | Taos | Torrance | Union | Valencia
Colleges and universities
College of Santa Fe | College of the Southwest | Eastern New Mexico University | New Mexico Highlands University | New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology | New Mexico Military Institute | New Mexico State University | St. John's College, Santa Fe | University of New Mexico | Western New Mexico University


External links

Template:Mapit-US-cityscale PortalesNM.org (http://www.PortalesNM.org)

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