Portales, New Mexico Population 2021

11,300
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Portales is a city located in Roosevelt County New Mexico. With a 2020 population of 11,300, it is the 18th largest city in New Mexico and the 2852nd largest city in the United States . Portales is currently declining at a rate of -1.35% annually and its population has decreased by -7.98% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 12,280 in 2010. Portales reached it's highest population of 12,689 in 2011. Spanning over 8 miles, Portales has a population density of 1,423 people per square mile.

The average household income in Portales is $49,560 with a poverty rate of 27.83%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $776 per month, and the median house value is $116,200. The median age in Portales is 26.3 years, 25.3 years for males, and 28.6 years for females.

Portales Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Portales was:

  • White: 72.90%
  • Other race: 15.30%
  • Two or more races: 5.80%
  • Black or African American: 4.11%
  • Native American: 0.97%
  • Asian: 0.79%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of Portales, New Mexico is 11,300 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 11,765.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 12,280.

Portales, New Mexico Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202117,982-259-1.44%
202018,241-259-1.42%
201918,500-259-1.40%
201818,759-141-0.75%
201718,900-245-1.30%
201619,14580.04%
201519,137-510-2.66%
201419,647-374-1.90%
201320,021-297-1.48%
201220,318-112-0.55%
201120,4304122.02%
201020,0180.00%

Portales Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White8,64272.90%
Some Other Race1,81415.30%
Two or More Races6885.80%
Black or African American4874.11%
American Indian and Alaska Native1150.97%
Asian940.79%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander140.12%
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Portales Population by Race

Portales Population Pyramid $2021

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Portales Median Age

26.3


Total

25.3


Male

28.6


Female

Portales Adults

There are 8,918 adults, (1,488 of whom are seniors) in Portales.

Portales Age Dependency

59.5

Age Dependency Ratio

20

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Portales Sex Ratio

Female

5,768

48.66%

Male

6,086

51.34%

Portales Population by Age

Portales Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Portales Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.3%30.7%
Male62.1%37.9%
All52.2%47.8%
Female41.6%58.4%
Non Family37.9%62.1%

52.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Portales Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All4,1152.6352.2
Non Family1,7171.4237.9
Married1,6413.4769.3
Female5383.2641.6
Male2194.362.1

3.38

Average Family Size

2.63

Average Household Size

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Portales Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4867.87%
9th to 12th Grade74512.06%
High School Graduate1,54625.02%
Some College1,37422.24%
Associates Degree3736.04%
Bachelors Degree1,07917.46%
Graduate Degree5769.32%
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Portales Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Portales Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White3,3163,0381,244
Hispanic2,5841,650333
Other Race1,05661161
2+ Races19215234
Black12111770
Native American885613
Asian454524
Islander1414

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 57.85%.

Portales Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,819$35,465$28,231
Less Than 9th Grade$$25,465$
High School Graduate$36,381$37,012$23,880
Some College$32,446$34,682$28,569
Bachelors Degree$31,477$46,250$28,553
Graduate Degree$47,179$54,583$41,927

$32,819

Average Earnings

$35,465

Average Male

$28,231

Average Female

Portales Earnings by Educational Attainment

Portales Language by Age

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Portales Language

70.73% of Portales residents speak only English, while 29.27% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 27.74% of the population.

Portales Language

Portales Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic5,0851,79735.34%
White5,07891518.02%
Other1,71758133.84%
Multiple55915527.73%
Black32114344.55%
Native951010.53%

27.83%

Overall Poverty Rate

28.50%

Male Poverty Rate

27.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Portales

The race most likely to be in poverty in Portales is Black, with 44.55% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Portales is Native, with 10.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 50.07%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.27%.

Portales Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade44.95%
High School18.72%
Some College13.15%
Bachelors or Greater10.16%

Portales Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed66.17%
Male Unemployed59.26%
Female Employed25.91%
Male Employed19.31%

Portales Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Portales Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$37,921$49,560
Families$47,028$59,573
Married Families$70,563-
Non Families$23,465$33,661
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Income by Household Type

Portales Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.0%

Male Marriage Rate

38.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Portales Married by Age and Sex

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Portales Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Portales Marital Status by Race

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Portales Marital Status

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727

Number of Veterans

612

Male Veterans

115

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War347
Vietnam204
First Gulf War144
Korea48
World War II12

Portales Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54267
18 to 34184
65 to 74129
75+82
55 to 6465

Portales Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6239.92%
Hispanic792.16%
Black5512.70%
2+ Races287.27%
Native American1312.04%
Other Race80.58%

Portales Veterans by Race

Portales Veterans by Education

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17.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Portales Veterans by Education

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61.4%

Labor Force Participation

52.3%

Employment Rate

11.5%

Unemployment Rate

Portales Employment by Age

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Portales Employment by Race

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Portales Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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51.43%

Born in Portales

91.45%

Native Born

8.55%

Foreign Born

6.03%

Non Citizen

2.52%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.45% of Portales residents were born in the United States, with 51.43% having been born in New Mexico. 6.03% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Portales Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202111,300-155-1.35%
202011,455-155-1.34%
201911,610-155-1.32%
201811,765-85-0.72%
201711,850-148-1.23%
201611,998180.15%
201511,980-306-2.49%
201412,286-214-1.71%
201312,500-157-1.24%
201212,657-32-0.25%
201112,6892732.20%
201012,4161,2851.10%
200011,1314410.41%
199010,6907500.73%
19809,940-614-0.60%
197010,5548590.85%
19609,6951,5831.80%
19508,1123,0084.74%
19405,1042,5857.32%
19302,5190.00%

Portales Population by Year