Sunland Park, NM
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Sunland Park is a somewhat small city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 17,978 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Sunland Park is the 15th largest community in New Mexico.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Sunland Park is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.53% of the Sunland Park workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Sunland Park is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Sunland Park who work in office and administrative support (12.00%), sales jobs (9.43%), and management occupations (6.95%).

The percentage of people in Sunland Park with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.41% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Sunland Park in 2018 was $15,659, which is low income relative to New Mexico and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,636 for a family of four. However, Sunland Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Sunland Park also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.22% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Sunland Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sunland Park 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 Sunland Park, accounting for 94.98% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Sunland Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Sunland Park include German, Danish, Italian, Norwegian, and Scottish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Sunland Park's cultural character, accounting for 35.51% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Sunland Park is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.


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