Population, Race and Ethnicity
Meadow Lake is a Census-designated place in Valencia County, New Mexico, with a population of 4,253. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 22.20% of residents identify as white, 0.00% as Black or African American, 0.40% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 74.70% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.70% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Meadow Lake include American, German, Irish, Scotch-Irish, and Arab. Measured by location quotient — comparing the Census-designated place share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in Census-designated place are Basque, Arab, and Eastern European.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 81.00% of Meadow Lake residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 19.00% of the population that is foreign-born, 28.40% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of Meadow Lake is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 31 years, 6.9 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 7.90% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Meadow Lake, 47.60% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 5.50% of households are occupied by single male householders, 20.30% by single female householders, and 26.60% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 76.80% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in New Mexico and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Meadow Lake, 76.8% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 91.1% of the 5 and older population across New Mexico only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Meadow Lake are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 42.5% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across New Mexico as a whole, 44.8% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is less common in Meadow Lake than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 8.2% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In New Mexico, 13% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 41% of Meadow Lake residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Meadow Lake, 8.8% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 9.3% of the civilian population in all of New Mexico.
In Meadow Lake, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Meadow Lake residents 25 and older, 67.50% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 5.90% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across New Mexico, 85.3% of adults have graduated high school, and 27.1 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Meadow Lake earns $26,398 a year, about $33,900 less than the national median of $60,293 and $21,700 less than the median household income across the state of $48,059.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Meadow Lake than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 37.50%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 20% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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