Magdalena, NM
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Magdalena is a tiny village located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 911 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Magdalena is the 92nd largest community in New Mexico.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Magdalena is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.31% of the Magdalena workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Magdalena is a village of service providers, transportation and shipping workers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Magdalena who work in sales jobs (23.12%), law enforcement and fire fighting (10.98%), and food service (9.83%).

Another notable thing is that Magdalena is a major vacation destination. Much of the village’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Magdalena’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

The village 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, Magdalena has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Magdalena a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Magdalena ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 4.74% of people over 25 have a college degree.

The per capita income in Magdalena in 2010 was $20,399, which is upper middle income relative to New Mexico, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,596 for a family of four.

Magdalena is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Magdalena 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 Magdalena, accounting for 59.70% of the village’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Magdalena residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Magdalena include Irish, German, European, and Yugoslavian.

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

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