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Dona Ana County New Mexico
County seat Carlsbad -
Population (July 1, 2015) 57,372 2,099,856
% New Mexico population 2.7% 100%
Land area (sq. miles) 4,176 121,298
Persons per sq. mile (2015) 13.7 17.3
Resident live births (2015) 913 25,730
Deaths of NM residents (2015) 566 17,687
No. households (2011-2015) 23,166 909,565


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Eddy
County
New Mexico United States Eddy/NM
comparison *
Eddy/US
comparison *
10-year trend
% under age 5 7.4% 6.6% 6.3% higher higher no trend
% under age 18 26.4% 24.3% 23.3% higher higher -0.3%
% Age 65 or older 13.9% 14.7% 14.1% lower lower -0.3%
% Age 75 or older 6.2% 6.2% 6.2% lower lower -1.0%
% Hispanic 47.3% 47.4% 17.1% lower higher +1.3%
% White 49.1% 39.2% 62.3% higher lower -1.1%
% American Indian 1.2% 8.5% 0.7% lower higher +3.2%
% Black 1.6% 1.8% 12.3% lower lower +1.5%
% Asian 0.8% 1.3% 5.2% lower lower +3.7%
* County-level values represent the average of a range of likely values (defined here by 95% confidence intervals). State and national averages are compared to county-level values using these confidence intervals. 'Similar' indicates that the state or national averages fall within the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Higher' indicates that state or national averages fall below the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Lower' indicates that state or national averages are above the county-level 95% confidence interval.

Eddy
County
New Mexico United States Eddy/NM
comparison *
Eddy/US
comparison *
10-year trend
Median income $56,618 $44,963 $53,889 higher similar -
% in poverty 11.3% 21.0% 15.5% lower lower -
% Children under 5 in poverty 19.0% 34.0% 23.0% lower similar -
% Children under 18 in poverty 12.5% 29.4% 21.7% lower lower -
% Adults over 65 in poverty 9.8% 12.0% 9.4% similar similar -
% Unemployment 5.8% 5.4% 8.3% similar lower -
% High school diploma or higher 83.2% 84.2% 86.7% lower lower -
% Bachelors or higher 17.8% 26.3% 29.8% lower lower -
% Speaking English less than well 6.1% 26.1% 8.6% lower lower -
% Disabled 14.3% 14.6% 12.4% similar higher -
% with no health insurance 14.3% 16.4% 13.0% similar similar -
% Homes built before 1950 16.5% 9.2% 18.4% higher lower -
% Homes built before 1980 65.0% 47.5% 55.8% higher higher -
Data Sources: US Census American Community Survey (2011-2015).
* County-level values represent the average of a range of likely values (defined here by 95% confidence intervals). State and national averages are compared to county-level values using these confidence intervals. 'Similar' indicates that the state or national averages fall within the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Higher' indicates that state or national averages fall below the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Lower' indicates that state or national averages are above the county-level 95% confidence interval.

Eddy
County
New Mexico United States Eddy/NM comparison * Eddy/US comparison * 10-year trend
Life expectancy at birth 75.3 78.6 78.8 lower lower -0.2%
Life expectancy at age 65 18.4 20.4 19.3 lower lower no trend
Years of potential life lost (per 100,000 residents) 1 9,753 7,716 6,601 higher higher +2.1%
Overall mortality rate (per 100,000) 916 736 824 higher higher +1.0%
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births) 5.4 5.6 6.0 similar similar no trend
% Infants with low birthweight (<2500 g) 7.0% 9.0% 8.0% lower similar no trend
% Pre-term births (<37 weeks) 8.0% 9.0% 9.5% similar lower no trend
Data Sources: New Mexico Vital Records (2013-2015).
1 Years of potential life lost (YPLL) is a measure of premature mortality. It refers to the average number of years a person would have lived if he or she had not died before the age of 75. YPLL per 100,000 residents is shown.
* County-level values represent the average of a range of likely values (defined here by 95% confidence intervals). State and national averages are compared to county-level values using these confidence intervals. 'Similar' indicates that the state or national averages fall within the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Higher' indicates that state or national averages fall below the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Lower' indicates that state or national averages are above the county-level 95% confidence interval.


Age-adjusted incidence rate per 100,000 residents, except as noted

Eddy
County
New Mexico United States Eddy/NM comparison * Eddy/US comparison * 10-year trend
Bladder cancer 10.4 15.1 20.1 lower lower no trend
Brain & other nervous system cancer 2.1 5.1 6.4 lower lower no trend
Breast cancer 83.0 133.8 125.0 lower lower -4.7%
Esophageal cancer 4.8 3.6 4.3 similar similar no trend
Kidney cancer 19.4 14.1 15.6 similar similar no trend
Laryngeal cancer 6.4 2.5 3.2 higher similar no trend
Leukemia 4.5 5.9 13.5 similar lower no trend
Liver cancer 11.2 9.6 8.4 similar similar no trend
Lung cancer 53.7 39.8 57.3 higher similar no trend
Melanoma 14.6 14.6 21.8 similar lower no trend
Mesothelioma 0.0 0.8 0.9 similar similar -11.1%
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 17.0 16.0 19.5 similar similar no trend
Oral & pharyngeal cancer 10.2 9.0 11.1 similar similar no trend
Pancreatic cancer 12.4 10.8 12.4 similar similar no trend
Thyroid cancer 12.0 15.7 13.9 similar similar no trend
% Population ever diagnosed with cancer (excluding melanoma) 1 6.7% 5.9% 6.7% similar similar no trend
Data Sources for incidence rates: New Mexico Tumor Registry (2012-2014)
1 Prevalence of cancer (excluding melanoma) for people surveyed by BRFSS from 2011-2015. BRFSS
* County-level values represent the average of a range of likely values (defined here by 95% confidence intervals). State and national averages are compared to county-level values using these confidence intervals. 'Similar' indicates that the state or national averages fall within the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Higher' indicates that state or national averages fall below the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Lower' indicates that state or national averages are above the county-level 95% confidence interval.

Eddy
County
New Mexico United States Eddy/NM comparison * Eddy/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Children under age 6 tested for elevated blood lead 21.4% 8.7% - higher - +25.5%
% Children under age 6 tested with blood levels >10 ug/dl 0.3% 0.2% - higher - no trend
Carbon monoxide poisoning hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 9.5 10.2 - similar - no trend
Carbon monoxide poisoning emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 7.8 10.2 - similar - no trend
Carbon monoxide exposure calls (rate per 10,000 residents) 4.9 8.5 - lower - no trend
Data Sources: NM EPHT (2013-2015).
* County-level values represent the average of a range of likely values (defined here by 95% confidence intervals). State and national averages are compared to county-level values using these confidence intervals. 'Similar' indicates that the state or national averages fall within the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Higher' indicates that state or national averages fall below the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Lower' indicates that state or national averages are above the county-level 95% confidence interval.

Eddy
County
New Mexico United States Eddy/NM comparison * Eddy/US comparison * 10-year trend
Asthma hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 12.8 8.7 - higher - -7.6%
Asthma emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 94.8 44.1 - higher - -
Asthma prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 7.7% 9.5% 9.0% similar similar no trend
COPD hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 18.3 9.2 - higher - no trend
COPD prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 1 8.2% 5.7% 6.3% higher higher no trend
Diabetes prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 2 12.4% 10.1% 9.8% higher higher no trend
Heart attack hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 8.4 12.2 - lower - -9.5%
Heat stress related emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 37.8 12.8 - higher - no trend
Data Sources: 1 NM EPHT (2012-2014); 2 BRFSS (2011-2015).
* County-level values represent the average of a range of likely values (defined here by 95% confidence intervals). State and national averages are compared to county-level values using these confidence intervals. 'Similar' indicates that the state or national averages fall within the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Higher' indicates that state or national averages fall below the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Lower' indicates that state or national averages are above the county-level 95% confidence interval.
Eddy
County
*PM2.5 average annual concentration (mcg/m 3 ) -- LURBME model 7.6
PM2.5 average annual days over NAAQS No monitor
Ozone average annual days over NAAQS 1
Data Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. Annual PM 2.5 Level (Monitor + Modeled). Accessed From Environmental Public Health Tracking Network: www.cdc.gov/ephtracking.
* EPA NAAQS for annual average PM2.5 concentration is 12 mcg/m 3 .

Type Site Name EPA Webpage for Site
None
Data Sources: US EPA (2017). Some of these pages may be restricted and not available to the public. We have utilized the URLs provided by the EPA.


% of Private Wells Tested that Exceeded MCLs1 for:

Uranium Nitrate Arsenic
-0.0%0.0%
Testing Years: Uranium (1981-2016); Arsenic (1976-2015); Nitrate (2004-2012).
Only a minority of private wells in each county have been tested for these constituents. Therefore, these percentages only refer to wells that have been sampled and may not be representative of the county as a whole.
1 MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): standard set by EPA for drinking water quality.
Water System Contaminant Average level MCL 1 Number of
people served
Artesia Municipal Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 0.85 10 14,000
Artesia Municipal Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 0.50 10 14,000
Artesia Municipal Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 14,000
Artesia Municipal Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 14,000
Artesia Municipal Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 14,000
Artesia Municipal Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 0.00 80 14,000
Artesia Municipal Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 14,000
Artesia Municipal Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 1.00 30 14,000
Artesia Municipal Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.16 5 14,000
Caprock Water Company Arsenic (ug/L) 8.00 10 212
Caprock Water Company Atrazine (ug/L) 2.70 10 212
Caprock Water Company Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 212
Caprock Water Company Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 212
Caprock Water Company Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 212
Caprock Water Company Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 80 212
Caprock Water Company Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 212
Caprock Water Company Trihalomethane (ug/L) 2.00 30 212
Caprock Water Company Uranium (ug/L) 0.50 5 212
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 6.90 10 31,865
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 1.87 10 31,865
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 31,865
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.05 3 31,865
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 31,865
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 3.26 80 31,865
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 31,865
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 1.00 30 31,865
Carlsbad Municipal Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.08 5 31,865
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Arsenic (ug/L) 0.50 10 646
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Atrazine (ug/L) 0.75 10 646
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 646
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.05 3 646
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 646
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 2.77 80 646
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 646
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Trihalomethane (ug/L) 2.00 30 646
Happy Valley Cooperative Water Works Uranium (ug/L) 0.10 5 646
Hope Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 0.50 10 272
Hope Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 2.10 10 272
Hope Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 272
Hope Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 272
Hope Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 272
Hope Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 4.49 80 272
Hope Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 272
Hope Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 1.00 30 272
Hope Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.47 5 272
Loving Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 1.90 10 1,665
Loving Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 3.60 10 1,665
Loving Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 1,665
Loving Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 1,665
Loving Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 1,665
Loving Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 1.30 80 1,665
Loving Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 1,665
Loving Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 2.00 30 1,665
Loving Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.19 5 1,665
Malaga Mdwc SWA Arsenic (ug/L) 1.80 10 658
Malaga Mdwc SWA Atrazine (ug/L) 3.10 10 658
Malaga Mdwc SWA Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.06 6 658
Malaga Mdwc SWA Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.03 3 658
Malaga Mdwc SWA Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 658
Malaga Mdwc SWA Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 4.10 80 658
Malaga Mdwc SWA Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 658
Malaga Mdwc SWA Trihalomethane (ug/L) 3.50 30 658
Malaga Mdwc SWA Uranium (ug/L) 0.13 5 658
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Arsenic (ug/L) 0.85 10 358
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Atrazine (ug/L) 0.50 10 358
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 358
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 358
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 358
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 0.00 80 358
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 358
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Trihalomethane (ug/L) 0.00 30 358
Morningside Water Users Cooperative Uranium (ug/L) 0.00 5 358
North Park MDWCA Arsenic (ug/L) 2.50 10 300
North Park MDWCA Atrazine (ug/L) 7.20 10 300
North Park MDWCA Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 300
North Park MDWCA Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.05 3 300
North Park MDWCA Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 300
North Park MDWCA Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 3.20 80 300
North Park MDWCA Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 300
North Park MDWCA Trihalomethane (ug/L) 6.00 30 300
North Park MDWCA Uranium (ug/L) 0.49 5 300
Otis MDWCA Arsenic (ug/L) 2.50 10 5,800
Otis MDWCA Atrazine (ug/L) 2.60 10 5,800
Otis MDWCA Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 5,800
Otis MDWCA Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 5,800
Otis MDWCA Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 5,800
Otis MDWCA Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 1.20 80 5,800
Otis MDWCA Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 5,800
Otis MDWCA Trihalomethane (ug/L) 4.00 30 5,800
Otis MDWCA Uranium (ug/L) 0.18 5 5,800
Riverside MDWA Arsenic (ug/L) 1.00 10 230
Riverside MDWA Atrazine (ug/L) 0.50 10 230
Riverside MDWA Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.05 6 230
Riverside MDWA Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.02 3 230
Riverside MDWA Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 230
Riverside MDWA Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 1.83 80 230
Riverside MDWA Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 230
Riverside MDWA Trihalomethane (ug/L) 4.00 30 230
Riverside MDWA Uranium (ug/L) 0.53 5 230
Whites City Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 1.60 10 40
Whites City Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 1.20 10 40
Whites City Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 40
Whites City Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 40
Whites City Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 40
Whites City Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 1.60 80 40
Whites City Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 40
Whites City Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 1.00 30 40
Whites City Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.40 5 40
Data Sources: NM EPHT (2015).
1 MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): standard set by EPA for drinking water quality.
Eddy
County
New Mexico United States Eddy/NM comparison * Eddy/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Population with BMI >30 36.1% 27.7% 28.9% higher higher no trend
% Population that currently smokes 25.3% 19.7% 17.5% higher higher no trend
Data Sources: BRFSS (2011-2015)
* County-level values represent the average of a range of likely values (defined here by 95% confidence intervals). State and national averages are compared to county-level values using these confidence intervals. 'Similar' indicates that the state or national averages fall within the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Higher' indicates that state or national averages fall below the county-level 95% confidence interval. 'Lower' indicates that state or national averages are above the county-level 95% confidence interval.


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Content updated: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:26:33 MDT