Raton, NM
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Raton is a somewhat small city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 6,187 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Raton is the 34th largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities, Raton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Raton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Raton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Raton who work in office and administrative support (13.59%), maintenance occupations (9.93%), and teaching (8.59%).

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Raton has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Raton has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Raton than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Raton may be for you.

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 14.29 minutes getting to work every day.

In Raton, just 12.43% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Raton in 2010 was $18,956, which is middle income relative to New Mexico, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,824 for a family of four.

Raton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Raton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Raton residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Raton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 59.57% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Raton include German, Irish, English, and Scots-Irish.

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

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