Hobbs is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 39,141 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Hobbs is the eighth largest community in New Mexico.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Hobbs is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.98% of the Hobbs workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Hobbs is a city of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hobbs who work in sales jobs (10.83%), office and administrative support (10.20%), and teaching (7.51%).
The percentage of adults in Hobbs with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.51% of adults in Hobbs have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Hobbs in 2018 was $25,437, which is upper middle income relative to New Mexico, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,748 for a family of four. However, Hobbs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hobbs is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hobbs 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 Hobbs, accounting for 60.15% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Hobbs residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hobbs include Irish, English, German, Italian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Hobbs's cultural character, accounting for 16.76% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Hobbs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Navajo.