Portales, NM


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Portales is a somewhat small city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 11,995 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Portales is the 17th largest community in New Mexico.

Portales is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Portales is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Portales who work in office and administrative support (16.15%), food service (11.31%), and teaching (11.15%).

Portales is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Portales, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.

Portales is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Portales enrolled in college, Portales has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.41 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Portales is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.05% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Portales in 2010 was $16,109, which is lower middle income relative to New Mexico, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $64,436 for a family of four.

Portales is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Portales home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portales residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Portales also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 44.10% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Portales include German, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

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

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