Socorro, NM
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Socorro is a somewhat small city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 8,722 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Socorro is the 25th largest community in New Mexico.

Socorro is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Socorro is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Socorro who work in teaching (12.27%), food service (11.44%), and maintenance occupations (10.30%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Socorro has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Socorro is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Socorro enrolled in college, Socorro 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 14.28 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Socorro citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.67% of adults 25 and older in Socorro have a college degree.

The per capita income in Socorro in 2010 was $16,062, 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 $64,248 for a family of four. However, Socorro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Socorro also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.21% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Socorro is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Socorro 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 Socorro, accounting for 56.78% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Socorro residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Socorro include English, Irish, French , and Italian.

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

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