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.

Unlike some cities, Portales isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Portales are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (15.02%), food service (12.18%), and sales jobs (9.59%).

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Portales, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Portales provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

One of the benefits of Portales is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.69 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The population of Portales overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Portales, 24.77% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Portales in 2010 was $15,971, 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 $63,884 for a family of four. Portales also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.31% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Portales is a very 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 43.79% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Portales include German, English, Italian, and French .

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

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