Chaparral, NM
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Chaparral is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 16,551 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chaparral is the 14th largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chaparral is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chaparral is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chaparral who work in healthcare suport services (11.50%), teaching (9.05%), and office and administrative support (8.95%).

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 33.23 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The percentage of people in Chaparral with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.26% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chaparral in 2018 was $15,708, which is low income relative to New Mexico and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,832 for a family of four. Chaparral also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.81% 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 85.69% 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, English, Irish, French, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Chaparral's cultural character, accounting for 32.23% of the town’s population.

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


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