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 a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Socorro is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Socorro who work in teaching (13.04%), maintenance occupations (9.77%), and sales jobs (9.43%).

Also of interest is that Socorro has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Socorro is a college town. There are a lot of students in Socorro attending college, and as a result Socorro provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Socorro spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.81 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Socorro citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.90% of adults in Socorro have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Socorro in 2010 was $16,422, 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 $65,688 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 30.44% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Socorro is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Socorro home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Socorro residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Socorro also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 55.79% of the city’s residents. 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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