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.

Belen is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Belen is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Belen who work in office and administrative support (20.31%), maintenance occupations (8.57%), and management occupations (8.57%).

The percentage of people in Belen with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.79% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Belen in 2010 was $14,997, 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 $59,988 for a family of four. Belen also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.15% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Belen is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Belen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belen residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Belen also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 69.80% of the city’s residents. 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 Other Indo-European.

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