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Chaparral, NM
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Living in Chaparral


Chaparral is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 16,551 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Chaparral is the 14th largest community in New Mexico.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Chaparral is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 40.23% of the Chaparral workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Chaparral is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chaparral who work in healthcare suport services (10.18%), food service (8.30%), and office and administrative support (7.79%).

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Chaparral has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Chaparral has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Chaparral than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Chaparral may be for you.

One downside of living in Chaparral, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.53 minutes every day commuting to work.

Chaparral is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The rate of college-level education in Chaparral is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.26% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chaparral in 2018 was $17,646, 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 $70,584 for a family of four. Chaparral also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.38% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Chaparral is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Chaparral 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 Chaparral, accounting for 87.70% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Chaparral residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chaparral include German, French, English, Irish, and Italian.

Chaparral also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.09%.

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


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