These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In New Mexico

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in New Mexico works hard, there’s a certain part of the Land of Enchantment that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in New Mexico .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Rio Rancho which takes top honors for the hardest working place in New Mexico. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in New Mexico for a promotion:

  1. Rio Rancho
  2. Hobbs
  3. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque
  4. Farmington
  5. Bloomfield
  6. Gallup
  7. Corrales
  8. Albuquerque
  9. Carlsbad
  10. Artesia

So listen up Deming as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Land of Enchantment

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 34 places in New Mexico, we ranked each place from 1 to 34 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In New Mexico”. And, at the end of the day, Rio Rancho had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 90,627College Graduates: 28.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

2. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,343College Graduates: 14.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.3
Workers Per Household: 1.4

3. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque


Population: 6,074 College Graduates: 45.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.2
Workers Per Household: 1.0

4. Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,383College Graduates: 19.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

5. Bloomfield

Bloomfield, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,877College Graduates: 15.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.4
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Gallup

Gallup, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,189College Graduates: 20.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.1
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Corrales

Corrales, New Mexico

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,426College Graduates: 50.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.2

8. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 553,576College Graduates: 33.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.7
Workers Per Household: 1.3

9. Carlsbad

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,996College Graduates: 18.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.3

10. Artesia

Artesia, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,494College Graduates: 15.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.6
Workers Per Household: 1.2

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In New Mexico

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Rio Rancho 1 90,627 28.6% 39.1 1.4
Hobbs 2 35,343 14.4% 42.3 1.4
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque 3 6,074 45.3% 40.2 1.0
Farmington 4 45,383 19.9% 38.8 1.4
Bloomfield 5 7,877 15.4% 39.4 1.5
Gallup 6 22,189 20.6% 37.1 1.4
Corrales 7 8,426 50.7% 38.5 1.2
Albuquerque 8 553,576 33.2% 37.7 1.3
Carlsbad 9 26,996 18.4% 40.8 1.3
Artesia 10 11,494 15.1% 41.6 1.2
Clovis 11 39,204 20.6% 40.8 1.3
Las Cruces 12 100,360 33.6% 37.0 1.3
Lovington 13 11,364 6.7% 43.8 1.4
Santa Fe 14 69,245 44.0% 37.1 1.2
Portales 15 12,481 24.8% 35.8 1.4
Roswell 16 48,568 18.6% 39.0 1.2
Ruidoso 17 7,954 32.7% 39.9 1.0
Los Lunas 18 15,203 19.5% 39.3 1.2
Bernalillo 19 8,400 16.3% 37.5 1.3
Aztec 20 6,619 14.1% 39.1 1.2
Sunland Park 21 14,794 11.5% 36.1 1.8
Silver City 22 10,245 30.3% 34.2 1.1
Grants 23 9,245 14.5% 36.2 1.3
Alamogordo 24 31,224 17.3% 38.4 1.1
Raton 25 6,627 12.4% 38.5 1.0
Socorro 26 8,898 21.9% 34.7 1.2
Las Vegas 27 13,833 20.3% 36.4 0.9
Truth or Consequences 28 6,337 16.3% 36.8 0.9
Taos 29 5,713 32.9% 36.8 1.2
Tucumcari 30 5,237 14.1% 35.6 0.9
Anthony 31 9,462 2.8% 36.0 1.5
Espa 32 10,216 13.6% 35.7 1.2
Belen 33 7,249 12.8% 36.1 1.0
Deming 34 14,760 13.0% 37.1 1.1

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