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.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Hobbs is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 35.06% of the Hobbs workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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 office and administrative support (12.82%), sales jobs (12.17%), and management occupations (8.86%).
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 17.43 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Hobbs rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.42% of adults 25 and older in Hobbs 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 Hobbs in 2010 was $22,115, 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 $88,460 for a family of four. However, Hobbs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hobbs is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hobbs home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hobbs residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Hobbs also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 53.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hobbs include English, Irish, Dutch, and Scottish.
In addition, Hobbs has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.88%).
The most common language spoken in Hobbs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.