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Quay County New Mexico
County seat Tucumcari -
Population (July 1, 2015) 8,581 2,099,856
% New Mexico population 0.4% 100%
Land area (sq. miles) 2,874 121,298
Persons per sq. mile (2015) 3.0 17.3
Resident live births (2015) 83 25,730
Deaths of NM residents (2015) 114 17,687
No. households (2011-2015) 5,551 909,565


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Quay
County
New Mexico United States Quay/NM
comparison *
Quay/US
comparison *
10-year trend
% under age 5 5.6% 6.6% 6.3% lower lower +0.4%
% under age 18 20.7% 24.3% 23.3% lower lower -1.1%
% Age 65 or older 24.1% 14.7% 14.1% higher higher +2.4%
% Age 75 or older 10.0% 6.2% 6.2% higher higher +1.3%
% Hispanic 45.2% 47.4% 17.1% lower higher +1.1%
% White 51.3% 39.2% 62.3% higher lower -0.9%
% American Indian 0.9% 8.5% 0.7% lower higher no trend
% Black 1.7% 1.8% 12.3% lower lower +5.9%
% Asian 1.0% 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.

Quay
County
New Mexico United States Quay/NM
comparison *
Quay/US
comparison *
10-year trend
Median income $29,113 $44,963 $53,889 lower lower -
% in poverty 17.1% 21.0% 15.5% similar similar -
% Children under 5 in poverty 30.0% 34.0% 23.0% similar similar -
% Children under 18 in poverty 19.8% 29.4% 21.7% similar similar -
% Adults over 65 in poverty 6.0% 12.0% 9.4% lower lower -
% Unemployment 5.0% 5.4% 8.3% similar similar -
% High school diploma or higher 84.0% 84.2% 86.7% lower lower -
% Bachelors or higher 15.5% 26.3% 29.8% lower lower -
% Speaking English less than well 4.4% 26.1% 8.6% lower lower -
% Disabled 26.0% 14.6% 12.4% higher higher -
% with no health insurance 11.3% 16.4% 13.0% lower similar -
% Homes built before 1950 20.1% 9.2% 18.4% higher higher -
% Homes built before 1980 72.2% 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.

Quay
County
New Mexico United States Quay/NM comparison * Quay/US comparison * 10-year trend
Life expectancy at birth 75.8 78.6 78.8 lower lower no trend
Life expectancy at age 65 18.6 20.4 19.3 lower lower no trend
Years of potential life lost (per 100,000 residents) 1 9,857 7,716 6,601 higher higher no trend
Overall mortality rate (per 100,000) 887 736 824 higher similar no trend
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births) 12.4 5.6 6.0 similar similar no trend
% Infants with low birthweight (<2500 g) 8.0% 9.0% 8.0% similar similar no trend
% Pre-term births (<37 weeks) 8.0% 9.0% 9.5% similar similar 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

Quay
County
New Mexico United States Quay/NM comparison * Quay/US comparison * 10-year trend
Bladder cancer 23.9 15.1 20.1 similar similar no trend
Brain & other nervous system cancer 7.1 5.1 6.4 similar similar no trend
Breast cancer 196.4 133.8 125.0 similar higher no trend
Esophageal cancer 7.6 3.6 4.3 similar similar no trend
Kidney cancer 15.4 14.1 15.6 similar similar -6.4%
Laryngeal cancer 3.9 2.5 3.2 similar similar no trend
Leukemia 2.2 5.9 13.5 similar lower -8.8%
Liver cancer 11.8 9.6 8.4 similar similar no trend
Lung cancer 57.2 39.8 57.3 similar similar -4.6%
Melanoma 3.6 14.6 21.8 lower lower no trend
Mesothelioma 0.0 0.8 0.9 similar similar no trend
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 19.5 16.0 19.5 similar similar no trend
Oral & pharyngeal cancer 6.3 9.0 11.1 similar similar no trend
Pancreatic cancer 7.9 10.8 12.4 similar similar no trend
Thyroid cancer 9.6 15.7 13.9 similar similar no trend
% Population ever diagnosed with cancer (excluding melanoma) 1 8.8% 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.

Quay
County
New Mexico United States Quay/NM comparison * Quay/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Children under age 6 tested for elevated blood lead 13.3% 8.7% - higher - +49.3%
% Children under age 6 tested with blood levels >10 ug/dl 0.6% 0.2% - higher - no trend
Carbon monoxide poisoning hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 1.8 10.2 - lower - no trend
Carbon monoxide poisoning emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 1.7 10.2 - lower - no trend
Carbon monoxide exposure calls (rate per 10,000 residents) 19.8 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.

Quay
County
New Mexico United States Quay/NM comparison * Quay/US comparison * 10-year trend
Asthma hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 9.7 8.7 - similar - -9.4%
Asthma emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 86.6 44.1 - higher - -
Asthma prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 18.1% 9.5% 9.0% higher higher no trend
COPD hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 15.0 9.2 - similar - -8.6%
COPD prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 1 13.1% 5.7% 6.3% higher higher no trend
Diabetes prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 2 10.3% 10.1% 9.8% similar similar no trend
Heart attack hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 4.2 12.2 - lower - -10.2%
Heat stress related emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 44.6 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.
Quay
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 Hunter Arts & Agricultural Center Site URL
Brownfield Sands Dorsey Site URL
Brownfield Tucumcari Truck Terminal Site URL
Brownfield Union Station Railroad 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
Hills Village Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 1.50 10 116
Hills Village Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 0.86 10 116
Hills Village Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.03 6 116
Hills Village Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.02 3 116
Hills Village Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.05 5 116
Hills Village Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 9.63 80 116
Hills Village Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.04 5 116
Hills Village Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 18.33 30 116
Hills Village Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.26 5 116
House Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 5.60 10 65
House Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 2.80 10 65
House Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 65
House Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.10 3 65
House Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 65
House Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 8.10 80 65
House Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 65
House Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 3.00 30 65
House Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.03 5 65
Liberty MDWCA Arsenic (ug/L) 1.50 10 250
Liberty MDWCA Atrazine (ug/L) 0.86 10 250
Liberty MDWCA Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.03 6 250
Liberty MDWCA Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.02 3 250
Liberty MDWCA Radium (pCi/L) 0.05 5 250
Liberty MDWCA Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 11.85 80 250
Liberty MDWCA Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.04 5 250
Liberty MDWCA Trihalomethane (ug/L) 18.33 30 250
Liberty MDWCA Uranium (ug/L) 0.26 5 250
Data Sources: NM EPHT (2015).
1 MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): standard set by EPA for drinking water quality.
Quay
County
New Mexico United States Quay/NM comparison * Quay/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Population with BMI >30 44.7% 27.7% 28.9% higher higher no trend
% Population that currently smokes 21.6% 19.7% 17.5% similar similar 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.


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'.
The NM EPHT Web site is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5 U38EH000949 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Fri, 22 September 2017 12:58:39 from New Mexico EPHT Tracking Public Web site: https://nmtracking.org/ ".

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