Population, Race and Ethnicity
Mescalero is a Census-designated place in Otero County, New Mexico, with a population of 1,361. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 4.00% of residents identify as white, 0.10% as Black or African American, 88.30% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 7.60% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.00% 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.
The population of Mescalero is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 34.5 years, 3.4 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 9.70% 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 Mescalero, 28.90% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 7.70% of households are occupied by single male householders, 22.90% by single female householders, and 40.50% 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 63.40% 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 Mescalero, 97.4% 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 Mescalero are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 26.2% 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 more common in Mescalero than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 14.6% 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 53.2% of Mescalero residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Mescalero, 4.1% 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 Mescalero, 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 Mescalero residents 25 and older, 76.60% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 10.50% 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 Mescalero earns $32,829 a year, about $27,500 less than the national median of $60,293 and $15,200 less than the median household income across the state of $48,059.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Mescalero than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 33.80%, 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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