Population, Race and Ethnicity
Playas is a Census-designated place in Hidalgo County, New Mexico, with a population of 44. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 47.70% of residents identify as white, 20.50% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 31.80% 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.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Playas include German and European. 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 European and German.
The population of Playas is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 20.6 years, 17.3 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 0.00% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in New Mexico and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Playas, 100% 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 Playas are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 0% 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 far less common in Playas than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 0% 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 100% of Playas residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Playas, adults are more likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, but are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Playas residents 25 and older, 100.00% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 0.00% 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.
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