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Hidalgo County Environmental Health Profile

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Hidalgo County New Mexico
County seat Lordsburg -
Population (July 1, 2015) 4,582 2,099,856
% New Mexico population 0.2% 100%
Land area (sq. miles) 3,437 121,298
Persons per sq. mile (2015) 1.3 17.3
Resident live births (2015) 51 25,730
Deaths of NM residents (2015) 52 17,687
No. households (2011-2015) 2,383 909,565


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Hidalgo
County
New Mexico United States Hidalgo/NM
comparison *
Hidalgo/US
comparison *
10-year trend
% under age 5 6.3% 6.6% 6.3% lower lower -1.2%
% under age 18 22.2% 24.3% 23.3% lower lower -2.2%
% Age 65 or older 20.1% 14.7% 14.1% higher higher +3.4%
% Age 75 or older 8.7% 6.2% 6.2% higher higher +3.0%
% Hispanic 57.5% 47.4% 17.1% higher higher +0.1%
% White 41.3% 39.2% 62.3% higher lower no trend
% American Indian 0.2% 8.5% 0.7% lower lower no trend
% Black 0.5% 1.8% 12.3% lower lower no trend
% Asian 0.5% 1.3% 5.2% lower lower no trend
* 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.

Hidalgo
County
New Mexico United States Hidalgo/NM
comparison *
Hidalgo/US
comparison *
10-year trend
Median income $34,444 $44,963 $53,889 lower lower -
% in poverty 23.3% 21.0% 15.5% similar higher -
% Children under 5 in poverty 40.0% 34.0% 23.0% similar similar -
% Children under 18 in poverty 38.3% 29.4% 21.7% similar higher -
% Adults over 65 in poverty 12.7% 12.0% 9.4% similar similar -
% Unemployment 12.2% 5.4% 8.3% higher similar -
% High school diploma or higher 76.4% 84.2% 86.7% lower lower -
% Bachelors or higher 14.2% 26.3% 29.8% lower lower -
% Speaking English less than well 10.1% 26.1% 8.6% lower similar -
% Disabled 17.5% 14.6% 12.4% similar higher -
% with no health insurance 17.3% 16.4% 13.0% similar higher -
% Homes built before 1950 15.2% 9.2% 18.4% higher lower -
% Homes built before 1980 55.9% 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.

Hidalgo
County
New Mexico United States Hidalgo/NM comparison * Hidalgo/US comparison * 10-year trend
Life expectancy at birth 76.1 78.6 78.8 lower lower no trend
Life expectancy at age 65 19.7 20.4 19.3 lower higher no trend
Years of potential life lost (per 100,000 residents) 1 9,818 7,716 6,601 higher higher no trend
Overall mortality rate (per 100,000) 821 736 824 similar similar no trend
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births) - 5.6 6.0 - - no trend
% Infants with low birthweight (<2500 g) 17.0% 9.0% 8.0% higher higher no trend
% Pre-term births (<37 weeks) 19.0% 9.0% 9.5% higher higher 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

Hidalgo
County
New Mexico United States Hidalgo/NM comparison * Hidalgo/US comparison * 10-year trend
Bladder cancer 14.3 15.1 20.1 similar similar no trend
Brain & other nervous system cancer 7.8 5.1 6.4 similar similar no trend
Breast cancer 85.2 133.8 125.0 similar similar no trend
Esophageal cancer 4.3 3.6 4.3 similar similar no trend
Kidney cancer 5.5 14.1 15.6 similar similar no trend
Laryngeal cancer 8.1 2.5 3.2 similar similar no trend
Leukemia 0.0 5.9 13.5 similar similar no trend
Liver cancer 5.1 9.6 8.4 similar similar no trend
Lung cancer 32.4 39.8 57.3 similar lower no trend
Melanoma 4.0 14.6 21.8 lower lower no trend
Mesothelioma 5.5 0.8 0.9 similar similar no trend
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 36.0 16.0 19.5 similar similar -
Oral & pharyngeal cancer 0.0 9.0 11.1 similar similar -
Pancreatic cancer 0.0 10.8 12.4 similar similar -
Thyroid cancer 0.0 15.7 13.9 similar similar -
% Population ever diagnosed with cancer (excluding melanoma) 1 6.9% 5.9% 6.7% similar similar -
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.

Hidalgo
County
New Mexico United States Hidalgo/NM comparison * Hidalgo/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Children under age 6 tested for elevated blood lead 15.7% 8.7% - higher - +301.6%
% Children under age 6 tested with blood levels >10 ug/dl 0.6% 0.2% - higher - +50.3%
Carbon monoxide exposure calls (rate per 10,000 residents) 0.0 8.5 - similar - 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.

Hidalgo
County
New Mexico United States Hidalgo/NM comparison * Hidalgo/US comparison * 10-year trend
Asthma hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 6.5 8.7 - similar - no trend
Asthma emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 29.5 44.1 - lower - -
Asthma prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 7.4% 9.5% 9.0% similar similar -
COPD hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 24.4 9.2 - higher - no trend
COPD prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 1 4.3% 5.7% 6.3% similar similar -
Diabetes prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 2 9.3% 10.1% 9.8% similar similar -
Heart attack hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 12.0 12.2 - similar - no trend
Heat stress related emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 23.8 12.8 - similar - -
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.
Hidalgo
County
*PM2.5 average annual concentration (mcg/m 3 ) -- LURBME model 6.1
PM2.5 average annual days over NAAQS No monitor
Ozone average annual days over NAAQS No monitor
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
Brownfield Smokey Bear Historical Park Depot Site URL
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
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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
Lordsburg Water Supply System Arsenic (ug/L) 2.50 10 2,797
Lordsburg Water Supply System Atrazine (ug/L) 0.50 10 2,797
Lordsburg Water Supply System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 2,797
Lordsburg Water Supply System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 2,797
Lordsburg Water Supply System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 2,797
Lordsburg Water Supply System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 1.74 80 2,797
Lordsburg Water Supply System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 2,797
Lordsburg Water Supply System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 28.25 30 2,797
Lordsburg Water Supply System Uranium (ug/L) 0.07 5 2,797
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Arsenic (ug/L) 4.30 10 77
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Atrazine (ug/L) 2.60 10 77
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 77
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 77
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 77
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 6.60 80 77
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 77
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Trihalomethane (ug/L) 3.50 30 77
Rodeo Mdw And Mswa Uranium (ug/L) 0.17 5 77
Virden Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 4.80 10 129
Virden Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 5.40 10 129
Virden Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 129
Virden Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.05 3 129
Virden Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 129
Virden Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 13.20 80 129
Virden Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 129
Virden Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 6.00 30 129
Virden Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.14 5 129
Data Sources: NM EPHT (2015).
1 MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): standard set by EPA for drinking water quality.
Hidalgo
County
New Mexico United States Hidalgo/NM comparison * Hidalgo/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Population with BMI >30 15.1% 27.7% 28.9% lower lower -
% Population that currently smokes 14.0% 19.7% 17.5% similar similar -
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.


This information was curated and analyzed for your public health planning by NM EPHT, a program of the New Mexico Department of Health. Want to learn more about integrating environmental and health information into your community? We are here to help. Contact us:

New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking
URL: https://nmtracking.org/
Email: doh-eheb@state.nm.us
Phone (toll-free): 1-888-878-8992


  • 10-year trends are determined using linear regression. Percentages can be interpreted as the rate of change over the most recent decade. For example, +2.5% indicates a rate of increase of 2.5% per decade, and -2.5% indicates a 2.5% rate of decrease per decade. Trends that were not statistically significant (p>0.05) appear as 'no trend'.
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Content updated: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:26:33 MDT