Highest-earning counties in New Mexico

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July 6, 2022
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Highest-earning counties in New Mexico

The 2020 median household income in the U.S. was $67,521, a decrease of 2.9% from 2019. COVID-19 in 2020 drastically altered income and poverty levels, along with consumer habits and job opportunities.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-earning counties in New Mexico using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by 2020 5-year estimate median household income.

Data shows that annual annual income depends heavily on an individual’s educational attainment, race, ethnicity, gender, and even location. One cluster of the United States is particularly well off: The five of the seven counties with the highest median household income in the country can be found in the Washington D.C. metropolitan areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia. These counties can likely attribute their wealth to their proximity to Washington D.C., which attracts highly educated and skilled people in areas of law and public policy. And people in those fields often marry each other, making two high-earning households one very high-earning household.

Keep reading to learn more about the highest-earning counties in New Mexico.

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#33. Mora County

- Median household income: $29,458
--- 42.5% below state average, 54.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 6.9%
--- #3,116 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 24.4%
--- #3,111 highest among all counties nationwide
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#32. Guadalupe County

- Median household income: $31,061
--- 39.4% below state average, 52.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 9.7%
--- #3,038 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.0%
--- #3,088 highest among all counties nationwide
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#31. De Baca County

- Median household income: $31,532
--- 38.5% below state average, 51.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.0%
--- #2,756 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 21.8%
--- #3,080 highest among all counties nationwide
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#30. Luna County

- Median household income: $32,251
--- 37.1% below state average, 50.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 8.9%
--- #3,068 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 23.2%
--- #3,066 highest among all counties nationwide
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#29. San Miguel County

- Median household income: $32,310
--- 36.9% below state average, 50.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.4%
--- #2,591 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 24.1%
--- #3,064 highest among all counties nationwide

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#28. Harding County

- Median household income: $32,500
--- 36.6% below state average, 50.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.0%
--- #2,143 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
--- #3,061 highest among all counties nationwide
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#27. Sierra County

- Median household income: $33,873
--- 33.9% below state average, 47.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.6%
--- #2,565 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 21.7%
--- #3,028 highest among all counties nationwide
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#26. Quay County

- Median household income: $33,962
--- 33.7% below state average, 47.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.1%
--- #2,852 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.5%
--- #3,026 highest among all counties nationwide
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#25. Union County

- Median household income: $35,484
--- 30.8% below state average, 45.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 8.1%
--- #3,088 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.4%
--- #2,983 highest among all counties nationwide
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#24. McKinley County

- Median household income: $36,179
--- 29.4% below state average, 44.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.9%
--- #2,770 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 25.8%
--- #2,963 highest among all counties nationwide

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#23. Catron County

- Median household income: $36,607
--- 28.6% below state average, 43.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 8.5%
--- #3,079 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.9%
--- #2,950 highest among all counties nationwide
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#22. Colfax County

- Median household income: $36,937
--- 27.9% below state average, 43.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
--- #2,680 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.4%
--- #2,935 highest among all counties nationwide
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#21. Grant County

- Median household income: $37,453
--- 26.9% below state average, 42.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.9%
--- #2,170 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.6%
--- #2,910 highest among all counties nationwide
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#20. Torrance County

- Median household income: $38,240
--- 25.4% below state average, 41.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.0%
--- #2,756 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.6%
--- #2,877 highest among all counties nationwide
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#19. Socorro County

- Median household income: $40,297
--- 21.4% below state average, 38.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.2%
--- #2,106 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 19.3%
--- #2,774 highest among all counties nationwide

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#18. Taos County

- Median household income: $41,973
--- 18.1% below state average, 35.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 22.2%
--- #1,245 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.2%
--- #2,655 highest among all counties nationwide
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#17. Rio Arriba County

- Median household income: $42,264
--- 17.5% below state average, 35.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.4%
--- #2,072 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.9%
--- #2,629 highest among all counties nationwide
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#16. Roosevelt County

- Median household income: $42,917
--- 16.2% below state average, 34.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.6%
--- #2,035 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.0%
--- #2,574 highest among all counties nationwide
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#15. Dona Ana County

- Median household income: $44,024
--- 14.1% below state average, 32.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.8%
--- #2,000 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.5%
--- #2,493 highest among all counties nationwide
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#14. Hidalgo County

- Median household income: $44,722
--- 12.7% below state average, 31.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 12.8%
--- #2,780 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 19.3%
--- #2,434 highest among all counties nationwide

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#13. Cibola County

- Median household income: $44,731
--- 12.7% below state average, 31.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.6%
--- #2,216 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.8%
--- #2,433 highest among all counties nationwide
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#12. Lincoln County

- Median household income: $44,939
--- 12.3% below state average, 30.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.7%
--- #1,651 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.9%
--- #2,416 highest among all counties nationwide
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#11. Otero County

- Median household income: $45,032
--- 12.1% below state average, 30.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.9%
--- #2,521 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.7%
--- #2,407 highest among all counties nationwide
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#10. Chaves County

- Median household income: $46,254
--- 9.7% below state average, 28.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.3%
--- #2,087 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.3%
--- #2,303 highest among all counties nationwide
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#9. San Juan County

- Median household income: $47,643
--- 7.0% below state average, 26.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.7%
--- #1,839 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.0%
--- #2,174 highest among all counties nationwide

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#8. Curry County

- Median household income: $48,903
--- 4.6% below state average, 24.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 13.8%
--- #2,680 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.2%
--- #2,058 highest among all counties nationwide
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#7. Valencia County

- Median household income: $50,801
--- 0.9% below state average, 21.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.3%
--- #1,902 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.0%
--- #1,847 highest among all counties nationwide
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#6. Bernalillo County

- Median household income: $54,308
--- 6.0% above state average, 16.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 23.6%
--- #1,039 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.1%
--- #1,413 highest among all counties nationwide
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#5. Santa Fe County

- Median household income: $60,668
--- 18.4% above state average, 6.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 27.4%
--- #668 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.9%
--- #837 highest among all counties nationwide
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#4. Lea County

- Median household income: $61,867
--- 20.7% above state average, 4.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 24.9%
--- #892 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.4%
--- #759 highest among all counties nationwide

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#3. Eddy County

- Median household income: $65,000
--- 26.8% above state average, 0.0% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 32.0%
--- #391 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.6%
--- #579 highest among all counties nationwide
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#2. Sandoval County

- Median household income: $65,071
--- 27.0% above state average, 0.1% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 28.3%
--- #596 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.0%
--- #575 highest among all counties nationwide
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#1. Los Alamos County

- Median household income: $119,266
--- 132.7% above state average, 83.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 60.2%
--- #8 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 3.1%
--- #11 highest among all counties nationwide

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