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Socorro County New Mexico
County seat Socorro -
Population (July 1, 2015) 17,465 2,099,856
% New Mexico population 0.8% 100%
Land area (sq. miles) 6,647 121,298
Persons per sq. mile (2015) 2.6 17.3
Resident live births (2015) 200 25,730
Deaths of NM residents (2015) 149 17,687
No. households (2011-2015) 8,010 909,565


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Socorro
County
New Mexico United States Socorro/NM
comparison *
Socorro/US
comparison *
10-year trend
% under age 5 6.2% 6.6% 6.3% lower lower -0.9%
% under age 18 23.5% 24.3% 23.3% lower higher -1.2%
% Age 65 or older 17.2% 14.7% 14.1% higher higher +2.8%
% Age 75 or older 7.1% 6.2% 6.2% higher higher +2.2%
% Hispanic 49.5% 47.4% 17.1% higher higher +0.2%
% White 36.0% 39.2% 62.3% lower lower -0.6%
% American Indian 12.0% 8.5% 0.7% higher higher +1.2%
% Black 1.3% 1.8% 12.3% lower lower +3.9%
% Asian 1.1% 1.3% 5.2% lower lower -0.8%
* 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.

Socorro
County
New Mexico United States Socorro/NM
comparison *
Socorro/US
comparison *
10-year trend
Median income $34,037 $44,963 $53,889 lower lower -
% in poverty 25.1% 21.0% 15.5% similar higher -
% Children under 5 in poverty 39.0% 34.0% 23.0% similar similar -
% Children under 18 in poverty 32.5% 29.4% 21.7% similar higher -
% Adults over 65 in poverty 16.8% 12.0% 9.4% similar higher -
% Unemployment 7.3% 5.4% 8.3% similar similar -
% High school diploma or higher 76.8% 84.2% 86.7% lower lower -
% Bachelors or higher 17.5% 26.3% 29.8% lower lower -
% Speaking English less than well 14.2% 26.1% 8.6% lower higher -
% Disabled 28.9% 14.6% 12.4% higher higher -
% with no health insurance 15.3% 16.4% 13.0% similar similar -
% Homes built before 1950 14.0% 9.2% 18.4% higher lower -
% Homes built before 1980 53.8% 47.5% 55.8% higher lower -
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.

Socorro
County
New Mexico United States Socorro/NM comparison * Socorro/US comparison * 10-year trend
Life expectancy at birth 76.9 78.6 78.8 lower lower no trend
Life expectancy at age 65 20.1 20.4 19.3 lower higher no trend
Years of potential life lost (per 100,000 residents) 1 9,214 7,716 6,601 higher higher no trend
Overall mortality rate (per 100,000) 823 736 824 higher similar no trend
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births) 8.3 5.6 6.0 similar similar no trend
% Infants with low birthweight (<2500 g) 7.0% 9.0% 8.0% similar similar no trend
% Pre-term births (<37 weeks) 11.0% 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

Socorro
County
New Mexico United States Socorro/NM comparison * Socorro/US comparison * 10-year trend
Bladder cancer 16.2 15.1 20.1 similar similar no trend
Brain & other nervous system cancer 7.3 5.1 6.4 similar similar no trend
Breast cancer 116.3 133.8 125.0 similar similar no trend
Esophageal cancer 4.9 3.6 4.3 similar similar no trend
Kidney cancer 15.6 14.1 15.6 similar similar no trend
Laryngeal cancer 0.0 2.5 3.2 similar similar no trend
Leukemia 8.5 5.9 13.5 similar similar no trend
Liver cancer 1.1 9.6 8.4 lower lower no trend
Lung cancer 41.3 39.8 57.3 similar lower no trend
Melanoma 11.1 14.6 21.8 similar lower -5.4%
Mesothelioma 1.3 0.8 0.9 similar similar no trend
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 7.4 16.0 19.5 lower lower no trend
Oral & pharyngeal cancer 6.7 9.0 11.1 similar similar no trend
Pancreatic cancer 8.4 10.8 12.4 similar similar no trend
Thyroid cancer 10.8 15.7 13.9 similar similar no trend
% Population ever diagnosed with cancer (excluding melanoma) 1 5.1% 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.

Socorro
County
New Mexico United States Socorro/NM comparison * Socorro/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Children under age 6 tested for elevated blood lead 11.2% 8.7% - higher - +66.6%
% Children under age 6 tested with blood levels >10 ug/dl 0.4% 0.2% - higher - no trend
Carbon monoxide poisoning hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 7.0 10.2 - similar - no trend
Carbon monoxide poisoning emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 9.8 10.2 - lower - no trend
Carbon monoxide exposure calls (rate per 10,000 residents) 1.2 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.

Socorro
County
New Mexico United States Socorro/NM comparison * Socorro/US comparison * 10-year trend
Asthma hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 7.5 8.7 - similar - no trend
Asthma emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 84.6 44.1 - higher - -
Asthma prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 7.9% 9.5% 9.0% similar similar no trend
COPD hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 3.5 9.2 - lower - -10.4%
COPD prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 1 5.5% 5.7% 6.3% similar similar no trend
Diabetes prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 2 14.2% 10.1% 9.8% similar similar no trend
Heart attack hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 14.7 12.2 - similar - -7.5%
Heat stress related emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 17.3 12.8 - similar - 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.
Socorro
County
*PM2.5 average annual concentration (mcg/m 3 ) -- LURBME model 5.9
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
Superfund Chevron Questa Mine (Molycorp Inc. Mine) Site URL
Brownfield La Tauh Tah 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
4.4%9.5%25.9%
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
Magdalena, Village Of Arsenic (ug/L) 2.77 10 900
Magdalena, Village Of Atrazine (ug/L) 0.70 10 900
Magdalena, Village Of Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.10 6 900
Magdalena, Village Of Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.03 3 900
Magdalena, Village Of Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 900
Magdalena, Village Of Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 5.39 80 900
Magdalena, Village Of Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 900
Magdalena, Village Of Trihalomethane (ug/L) 3.50 30 900
Magdalena, Village Of Uranium (ug/L) 1.23 5 900
San Acacia MDWCA Arsenic (ug/L) 4.30 10 180
San Acacia MDWCA Atrazine (ug/L) 0.25 10 180
San Acacia MDWCA Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.06 6 180
San Acacia MDWCA Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.03 3 180
San Acacia MDWCA Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 180
San Acacia MDWCA Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 7.40 80 180
San Acacia MDWCA Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 180
San Acacia MDWCA Trihalomethane (ug/L) 3.00 30 180
San Acacia MDWCA Uranium (ug/L) 0.26 5 180
Socorro Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 5.40 10 9,051
Socorro Water System Atrazine (ug/L) 0.38 10 9,051
Socorro Water System Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 9,051
Socorro Water System Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.05 3 9,051
Socorro Water System Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 9,051
Socorro Water System Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 2.20 80 9,051
Socorro Water System Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 9,051
Socorro Water System Trihalomethane (ug/L) 12.00 30 9,051
Socorro Water System Uranium (ug/L) 0.21 5 9,051
Data Sources: NM EPHT (2015).
1 MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): standard set by EPA for drinking water quality.
Socorro
County
New Mexico United States Socorro/NM comparison * Socorro/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Population with BMI >30 32.4% 27.7% 28.9% similar similar no trend
% Population that currently smokes 25.3% 19.7% 17.5% similar 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.


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