Belen, NM
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Belen is a somewhat small city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 7,152 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Belen is the 32nd largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Belen is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Belen is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Belen who work in office and administrative support (17.85%), maintenance occupations (12.66%), and sales jobs (8.09%).

The citizens of Belen are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.72% of adults in Belen have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Belen in 2010 was $13,600, which is lower middle income relative to New Mexico, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $54,400 for a family of four. Belen also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.83% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Belen is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Belen 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 Belen, accounting for 62.98% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Belen residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Belen include Irish, English, Italian, and Israeli.

The most common language spoken in Belen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.

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