Chaparral, NM


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Chaparral is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 14,878 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chaparral is the 14th largest community in New Mexico.

Chaparral is a blue-collar town, with 39.45% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Chaparral is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chaparral who work in sales jobs (11.33%), teaching (8.96%), and personal care services (7.30%).

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.

In Chaparral, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.88 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

In Chaparral, just 8.41% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Chaparral in 2010 was $10,689, which is low income relative to New Mexico and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $42,756 for a family of four. Chaparral also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.78% 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 84.73% 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Chaparral include Irish, French , Italian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Chaparral's cultural character, accounting for 33.19% of the town’s population.

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

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