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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Chaparral is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.45% 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 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%).

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Chaparral has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Chaparral a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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.

In addition, Chaparral has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (33.19%).

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

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