Chaparral, NM
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Chaparral is a somewhat small town located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 14,878 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chaparral is the 14th largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some towns, Chaparral isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chaparral are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chaparral is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chaparral who work in healthcare suport services (11.50%), teaching (9.05%), and office and administrative support (8.95%).

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Chaparral is worth considering.

In Chaparral, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.23 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

In Chaparral, just 11.26% 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 $15,708, which is low income relative to New Mexico and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,832 for a family of four. Chaparral also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.81% 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 85.69% 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, English, Irish, French, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Chaparral's cultural character, accounting for 32.23% of the town’s population.

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


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