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Colfax County New Mexico
County seat Raton -
Population (July 1, 2015) 12,917 2,099,856
% New Mexico population 0.6% 100%
Land area (sq. miles) 3,758 121,298
Persons per sq. mile (2015) 3.4 17.3
Resident live births (2015) 136 25,730
Deaths of NM residents (2015) 149 17,687
No. households (2011-2015) 10,067 909,565


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Colfax
County
New Mexico United States Bernalillo/NM
comparison *
Bernalillo/US
comparison *
10-year trend
% under age 5 5.1% 6.6% 6.3% lower lower -0.6%
% under age 18 18.8% 24.3% 23.3% lower lower -1.7%
% Age 65 or older 24.6% 14.7% 14.1% higher higher +3.4%
% Age 75 or older 10.3% 6.2% 6.2% higher higher +2.3%
% Hispanic 49.6% 47.4% 17.1% higher higher +0.3%
% White 47.8% 39.2% 62.3% higher lower -0.5%
% American Indian 1.3% 8.5% 0.7% lower higher +2.4%
% Black 0.7% 1.8% 12.3% lower lower +7.6%
% Asian 0.6% 1.3% 5.2% lower lower +5.3%
* 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.

Colfax
County
New Mexico United States Bernalillo/NM
comparison *
Bernalillo/US
comparison *
10-year trend
Median income $32,380 $44,963 $53,889 lower lower -
% in poverty 19.9% 21.0% 15.5% similar higher -
% Children under 5 in poverty 43.0% 34.0% 23.0% similar higher -
% Children under 18 in poverty 23.1% 29.4% 21.7% similar similar -
% Adults over 65 in poverty 16.8% 12.0% 9.4% similar higher -
% Unemployment 9.5% 5.4% 8.3% higher similar -
% High school diploma or higher 88.6% 84.2% 86.7% higher lower -
% Bachelors or higher 21.5% 26.3% 29.8% lower lower -
% Speaking English less than well 4.6% 26.1% 8.6% lower lower -
% Disabled 21.3% 14.6% 12.4% higher higher -
% with no health insurance 12.6% 16.4% 13.0% lower similar -
% Homes built before 1950 19.9% 9.2% 18.4% higher higher -
% Homes built before 1980 54.2% 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.

Colfax
County
New Mexico United States Colfax/NM comparison * Colfax/US comparison * 10-year trend
Life expectancy at birth 77.0 78.6 78.8 lower lower no trend
Life expectancy at age 65 20.8 20.4 19.3 higher higher no trend
Years of potential life lost (per 100,000 residents) 1 9,810 7,716 6,601 higher higher no trend
Overall mortality rate (per 100,000) 773 736 824 similar similar no trend
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births) 10.7 5.6 6.0 similar similar no trend
% Infants with low birthweight (<2500 g) 14.0% 9.0% 8.0% higher higher no trend
% Pre-term births (<37 weeks) 12.0% 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

Colfax
County
New Mexico United States Colfax/NM comparison * Colfax/US comparison * 10-year trend
Bladder cancer 16.8 15.1 20.1 similar similar no trend
Brain & other nervous system cancer 1.2 5.1 6.4 lower lower no trend
Breast cancer 141.4 133.8 125.0 similar similar +7.5%
Esophageal cancer 4.8 3.6 4.3 similar similar no trend
Kidney cancer 15.3 14.1 15.6 similar similar no trend
Laryngeal cancer 0.0 2.5 3.2 similar similar no trend
Leukemia 1.6 5.9 13.5 lower lower no trend
Liver cancer 16.2 9.6 8.4 similar similar +178.6%
Lung cancer 38.8 39.8 57.3 similar lower no trend
Melanoma 19.2 14.6 21.8 similar similar no trend
Mesothelioma 0.0 0.8 0.9 similar similar no trend
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 6.7 16.0 19.5 lower lower no trend
Oral & pharyngeal cancer 2.8 9.0 11.1 lower lower no trend
Pancreatic cancer 16.3 10.8 12.4 similar similar no trend
Thyroid cancer 19.4 15.7 13.9 similar similar +25.2%
% Population ever diagnosed with cancer (excluding melanoma) 1 5.7% 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.

Colfax
County
New Mexico United States Colfax/NM comparison * Colfax/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Children under age 6 tested for elevated blood lead 8.0% 8.7% - similar - +61.3%
% Children under age 6 tested with blood levels >10 ug/dl 0.0% 0.2% - lower - no trend
Carbon monoxide poisoning hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 6.8 10.2 - similar - no trend
Carbon monoxide poisoning emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 10.2 10.2 - higher - no trend
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.

Colfax
County
New Mexico United States Colfax/NM comparison * Colfax/US comparison * 10-year trend
Asthma hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 5.6 8.7 - lower - -9.9%
Asthma emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 49.7 44.1 - similar - -
Asthma prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 7.5% 9.5% 9.0% similar similar no trend
COPD hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 8.7 9.2 - similar - -9.4%
COPD prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 1 4.5% 5.7% 6.3% similar similar no trend
Diabetes prevalence (% residents with current diagnosis) 2 11.8% 10.1% 9.8% similar similar no trend
Heart attack hospital admissions (rate per 10,000 residents) 10.1 12.2 - similar - -9.9%
Heat stress related emergency dept visits (rate per 10,000 residents) 6.6 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.
Colfax
County
*PM2.5 average annual concentration (mcg/m 3 ) -- LURBME model 5.1
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 Eagle Nest Site URL
Brownfield Former Clovis Hotel Property 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
0.0%-6.7%
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
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Arsenic (ug/L) 0.50 10 45
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Atrazine (ug/L) 0.65 10 45
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.06 6 45
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.03 3 45
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Radium (pCi/L) 0.05 5 45
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 2.16 80 45
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.05 5 45
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Trihalomethane (ug/L) 2.00 30 45
Angel Fire Mobile Home Estates Uranium (ug/L) 0.08 5 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Arsenic (ug/L) 0.50 10 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Atrazine (ug/L) 0.18 10 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.03 6 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.02 3 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Radium (pCi/L) 0.05 5 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 61.63 80 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.05 5 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Trihalomethane (ug/L) 0.50 30 45
Carisbrook Property Owners Association Uranium (ug/L) 0.01 5 45
Cimarron Water System Arsenic (ug/L) 0.50 10 987
French MDWCA/SWA Arsenic (ug/L) 0.50 10 150
French MDWCA/SWA Atrazine (ug/L) 0.05 10 150
French MDWCA/SWA Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.02 6 150
French MDWCA/SWA Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.01 3 150
French MDWCA/SWA Radium (pCi/L) 0.05 5 150
French MDWCA/SWA Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 125.13 80 150
French MDWCA/SWA Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.05 5 150
French MDWCA/SWA Trihalomethane (ug/L) 2.00 30 150
French MDWCA/SWA Uranium (ug/L) 0.04 5 150
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Arsenic (ug/L) 0.50 10 154
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Atrazine (ug/L) 0.05 10 154
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.30 6 154
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.05 3 154
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Radium (pCi/L) 0.25 5 154
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 52.00 80 154
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.25 5 154
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Trihalomethane (ug/L) 4.00 30 154
Maxwell Cooperative Water Users Assoc Uranium (ug/L) 0.50 5 154
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Arsenic (ug/L) 0.50 10 100
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Atrazine (ug/L) 0.15 10 100
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (ug/L) 0.50 6 100
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Haloacetic acid (ug/L) 0.01 3 100
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Radium (pCi/L) 0.04 5 100
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Tetrachloroethylene (ug/L) 0.19 80 100
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Trichloroethylene (ug/L) 0.06 5 100
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Trihalomethane (ug/L) 3.50 30 100
Val Verde 5 Property Owners Association Uranium (ug/L) 0.12 5 100
Data Sources: NM EPHT (2015).
1 MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): standard set by EPA for drinking water quality.
Colfax
County
New Mexico United States Colfax/NM comparison * Colfax/US comparison * 10-year trend
% Population with BMI >30 23.9% 27.7% 28.9% similar similar no trend
% Population that currently smokes 29.1% 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.


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:

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  • 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