Roswell, NM
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Living in Roswell


Roswell is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 48,184 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Roswell is the fifth largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities, Roswell isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Roswell are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Roswell is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Roswell who work in office and administrative support (13.59%), sales jobs (11.05%), and management occupations (8.69%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Roswell spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.69 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Many people in Roswell take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Roswell citizens for affordable transportation.

The education level of Roswell citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.05% of adults 25 and older in Roswell have a college degree.

The per capita income in Roswell in 2010 was $21,272, 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 $85,088 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 56.54% 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, Scottish, and Italian.

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