Roswell, NM
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Roswell is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 48,544 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Roswell is the fifth largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Roswell is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Roswell is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Roswell who work in office and administrative support (11.83%), sales jobs (10.26%), and management occupations (8.75%).

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 18.27 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Roswell is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.48% of adults 25 and older in Roswell have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Roswell in 2010 was $20,455, 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 $81,820 for a family of four. However, Roswell contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Roswell is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Roswell 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 Roswell, accounting for 56.05% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Roswell residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Roswell include German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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