Chaparral, NM
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Chaparral is a medium-sized town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 16,551 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Chaparral is the 14th largest community in New Mexico.

When you are in Chaparral, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 40.23% of Chaparral’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Chaparral is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chaparral who work in healthcare suport services (10.18%), food service (8.30%), and office and administrative support (7.79%).

It is a fairly quiet town 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!) Chaparral 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. Chaparral has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Chaparral than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Chaparral may be for you.

In Chaparral, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.53 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

As is often the case in a small town, Chaparral doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

In Chaparral, just 10.26% 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 Chaparral in 2018 was $17,646, 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 $70,584 for a family of four. Chaparral also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.38% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Chaparral is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Chaparral 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 Chaparral, accounting for 87.70% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Chaparral residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chaparral include German, French, English, Irish, and Italian.

In addition, Chaparral has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (27.09%).

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


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