Hobbs, NM
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Hobbs is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 38,416 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Hobbs is the eighth largest community in New Mexico.

When you are in Hobbs, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.48% of Hobbs’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Hobbs is a city of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hobbs who work in sales jobs (12.04%), office and administrative support (11.91%), and management occupations (7.81%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Hobbs spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.74 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Hobbs with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.99% of adults in Hobbs have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hobbs in 2010 was $23,370, which is upper middle income relative to New Mexico, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,480 for a family of four. However, Hobbs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hobbs is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hobbs 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 Hobbs, accounting for 55.82% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Hobbs residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hobbs include Irish, English, Dutch, and Scottish.

Hobbs also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.13%.

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