Artesia, NM
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Artesia is a somewhat small city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 12,036 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Artesia is the 19th largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities, Artesia isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Artesia are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Artesia is a city of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Artesia who work in office and administrative support (14.16%), management occupations (11.95%), and sales jobs (10.73%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Artesia spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.19 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Being a small city, Artesia does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of adults in Artesia with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.76% of adults in Artesia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Artesia in 2010 was $31,787, which is wealthy relative to New Mexico, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,148 for a family of four. However, Artesia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Artesia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Artesia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Artesia, accounting for 49.94% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Artesia residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Artesia include German, Irish, Dutch, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Artesia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.

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