Espanola, NM
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Living in Espanola


Espanola is a somewhat small city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 10,029 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Espanola is the 22nd largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Espanola is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Espanola is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Espanola who work in office and administrative support (14.37%), food service (11.17%), and management occupations (9.17%).

In terms of college education, the citizens of Espanola rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.45% of adults 25 and older in Espanola have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Espanola in 2010 was $18,184, which is middle income relative to New Mexico, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,736 for a family of four. However, Espanola contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Espanola also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.55% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Espanola is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Espanola 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 Espanola, accounting for 86.16% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Espanola residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Espanola include English, German, Irish, Italian, and French.

The most common language spoken in Espanola is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Native American languages.