Tatum, New Mexico

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Tatum, New Mexico

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High Points

Tatum strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Mexico):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Tatum Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Tatum Affordability of Rents
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Tatum Racial Diversity
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Tatum Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Tatum, New Mexico

Comparing Tatum to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Mexico (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 9 6
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Age of the Population 6 7
Senior Citizens 6 7
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Well-Paid Single Men 3 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 7 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 5
Median Family Income 3 6
People Above Poverty 3 6
People in Middle Class or Better 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 6
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Public Transportation Use 5 4
Working at Home 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 10
Affordability of Rents 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 5
Housing Recently Built 5 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 3
People Living Alone 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 5 8
Low Violent Crime 4 8

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Tatum Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 87 miles W of Lubbock, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 211 miles NE of El Paso, Texas
County Lea
Standard Zip Codes 88213, 88267
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.256
Longitude -103.317

Tatum Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station TATUM
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 54 F
Apr Temp 40 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 91 F
Oct Temp 43 to 75 F
Annual Precip 16.7 inches
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 54 F
Apr Temp 40 to 75 F
Jul Temp 62 to 92 F
Oct Temp 43 to 75 F
Annual Precip 15.8 inches
Station PLAINS
Distance 28.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 53 F
Apr Temp 43 to 75 F
Jul Temp 65 to 92 F
Oct Temp 45 to 76 F
Annual Precip 18.4 inches
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Tatum Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 683 100%
Male 336 49.2%
Female 347 50.8%
Under 18 192 28.1%
18+ 491 71.9%
65+ 108 15.8%
Median Age 38.5
Average Family Size 3.08
White 447 65.4%
African-American 7 1%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 4 0.6%
Other 207 30.3%
Mixed Race 17 2.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 255 37.3%

Estimated Tatum Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 693
Growth 10
Growth % 1.5%

Tatum Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.6%
US/American 17.8%
Irish 8.4%
German 8.4%
English 2.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Dutch 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Dutch West Indian 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Swedish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Tatum, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Caprock (88213)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Tatum 683 $33,393
Lovington 9,471 $30,064

Tatum Public Libraries

Tatum Community Library
Tatum, New Mexico
(505) 398-4822

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Tatum High Schools (2004)

A Title I School.
Serves 103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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